Fun trip back in time

Mary Allen
Roberts Historian
Thursday, March 14, 2019
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Elizabeth DeVries with her trident.

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Maria Castro, Tyler Barnes, and Claire White. In the background are Korbin Harvison and Jermaine Kuntz.

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Photos by Jahna White
Jermaine Kuntz and Claire White in Theseus and the Minotaur.

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Painting some of the scenery are Ada Bertolino, Tyler Barnes, Janice Polzin, Claire White, Luella Wallila, and Marie White.

The stage was set  Friday evening at Roberts School, transporting an enthusiastic audience back in time to the lovely Isle of Crete and the enchanting world of Greek mythology.  In spite of local winter storm warnings, hardy theater-goers bundled up, ventured out and were treated to a unique myth/ comedy/ musical adaptation of Theseus and the Minotaur.

From the first solo the audience related to young Theseus’ dilemma, as he sang out “It’s tough to be a hero these days, hard to find employment that pays. So few monsters to awaken, all the good ones have been taken.” Realizing that King Minos’ monster the Minotaur is dining on young Athenians, Theseus recognizes his opportunity to become a hero. He insists that his reluctant sidekick Bill join him and sail to the Isle of Crete, intent on vanquishing the terrifying Minotaur.  Unlike earlier versions of the myth, the Minotaur has a little-known weakness, which enables Theseus to avoid violence by convincing the ferocious beast to change his diet. The Athenians are saved and Theseus achieves his status of ‘hero’. 

Theseus and the Minotaur, written by Ron Fink and John Heath, included well-known characters: Theseus (Claire White), Poseidon (Elizabeth DeVries), Athena (Jermaine Kuntz), Aegeus King of Athens (Nathan White) and Minos King of Crete (Tyler Barnes), as well as less familiar ones: Bill, best friend of Theseus (Tyler Barnes), Daedalus (Kelby Langager), Icarus (Luella Wallila), chorus members, Nereids, maidens, messengers and citizen. NOVA directors Dan Nickerson, Aspen Drake and Jasmine Torralba worked with the cast for a mere two weeks prior to the performance.  Local artist Janice Polzin lent her expertise, helping stage students create Grecian stage props to enhance the setting of the play.  

Following the curtain call and intermission, the audience was further entertained by a display of talents by Roberts students.  Vocals, magic acts and skits by individual students culminated with a final “Evolution of Dance”, which featured a moving history of dance styles by ten middle school students.  

Comments from the cast and audience alike displayed enthusiasm for the evening of live entertainment. “The kids are so excited and I’m glad they get to do this!” stated Sanford Langager, grandfather of Kelby Langager (Daedalus). When asked about her involvement in the play, Elizabeth DeVries (Poseidon) responded, “This was so fun! I was in the NOVA play two years ago, and I want to do it again!”

The Roberts Parents for the Performing Arts is thankful to those who helped sponsor the NOVA workshop, bringing a theater experience opportunity to students of Roberts School.  Those sponsors include Roberts Community Foundation, Red Lodge Area Community Foundation, Red Lodge Rotary Club and the individual donors.  We also extend a tip of the hat to the theater lovers, families and friends, who braved frigid temperatures and snow to attend the performance.