Fun trip back in time

By: 
Mary Allen
Roberts Historian
Thursday, March 14, 2019

Elizabeth DeVries with her trident.

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

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

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.

Upcoming Events

  • Thursday, May 23, 2019 - 7:00pm
    Meets every Thursday, 7 p.m. – 8 p.m. at the Red Lodge Area Community Foundation, 122 S. Hauser. It is open to all. 425- 1755.
  • Thursday, May 23, 2019 - 7:00pm
    Clarks Fork Group meets at St. Joseph’s Catholic Hall, north end of Montana Avenue, Thursday at 7 p.m.
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  • Monday, May 27, 2019 - 7:00am
    *American Legion Carbon County Post 17 Memorial Day schedule, May 27 7 a.m. Breakfast at Red Lodge Café 8:30 a.m. Memorial Service at Belfry Cemetery 9:30 a.m. Memorial Service at Bearcreek Cemetery 10:30 a.m. Parade through Red Lodge.  10:15 a.m. Meet at the corner of 14th and Broadway. Following parade there will be a lunch  at the Red Lodge Elk’s Lodge 11 a.m. Memorial Service at Red Lodge Cemetery 1:30 p.m. Parade in Roberts followed by Memorial Service at Roberts Cemetery. For further information contact Kenneth Beggs, Commander Carbon County Post 17 at kenbeggs42@yahoo.com   *The Clarks Fork American Legion Post 71 and the Joliet VFW Post 5748 will be doing Memorial Day services Monday, May 27. Rev. Robert Reed of the Joliet Baptist  Church will be the Speaker of the day.   The schedule for the day will be: 9 a.m. Services at the Gebo Cemetery. 9:30 a.m. March through Fromberg Main St. 10 a.m.   Services at Rockvale Cemetery 11 a.m. Services at Joliet Cemetery 11:30 a.m. March through Joliet Main St. A potluck lunch will be held at the  Joliet Community Center following the services.  Everyone is welcome to come. Any veterans who would like to help who haven’t been contacted can show up at the Gebo Cemetery at 8:45 a.m. Memorial Day or call Rich Pierce at 962-3320 or Jody Stene 962-3779.  
  • Monday, May 27, 2019 - 7:00pm
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