By Lori Demres
Want to go?
• WHAT: “The Greek Mythology Olympiaganza”
• WHEN: 7 p.m. Nov. 18-19
• WHERE: Perkins High School, 3714 Campbell St., Sandusky
• COST: $5/students & senior citizens; $6/adults
• INFO: 419-625-1252
It’s Greek mythology in the style of “The Fast and the Furious.” Perkins High School presents “The Greek Mythology Olympiaganza,” a rapidly paced, somewhat accurate, partially historical and definitely hysterical version of “The Iliad.”
Thirty-five students, many with multiple parts, will take you on a whirlwind odyssey through mythology. They’ll cover legendary stories like Pandora’s Box, Jason and the Argonauts (who are referred to as the original Super Friends) and Hercules and the Creation, while incorporating modern references such as the iPad and Wikipedia. Costumes, of course, consist mostly of togas.
“The Greeks versus The Trojans is akin to the Sharks and the Jets in West Side Story,” said co-director Vicki Van Ness. “We chose this because it could have a lot of kids involved and it’s educational and fun.”
Two narrators with varying styles will lead the audience on a wild, silly and hilarious journey through the stories of ancient Greece, as the rest of the cast becomes the gods, goddesses and other various creatures.
Little green army men, a beauty pageant and a marriage counseling session are just a portion of the crazy parodies performed by the students, who will also sing, dance and play musical instruments.
“There are pieces of music, but it’s not a musical,” said Van Ness. The show does culminate in a bizarre, musical-like finale of “The Iliad,” and will be a completely surreal, laugh-out-loud experience for all ages.