Press Release - Myth Adventures: Five Greek Classics


South Coast Repertory’s Junior Players Present Myth Adventures: Five Greek Classics March 21-29

COSTA MESA, CA. (March 4, 2015) – Myth Adventures: Five Greek Classics, adapted by Eric Coble, directed by Mercy Vasquez, will be presented by South Coast Repertory’s Junior Players March 21-22 and 28-29 in the Nicholas Studio. Tickets are available now at www.scr.org.

The cast of Myth Adventures: Five Greek Classics are members of SCR’s Junior Players (grades 6-8), chosen through audition after at least two years in the Theatre Conservatory.  These young actors attend class twice a week during the school year, with additional rehearsal time prior to their annual performance. 

In Myth Adventures: Five Greek Classics you meet Dionysus. In Greek mythology, he’s the God of Revelry, but in this version: he’s very mod and with it. Dionysus appears out of the darkness, somewhere along the Mediterranean Sea, to tell five of the world’s most famous stories.

“In this interpretation, the ancient gods are gradually being replaced by the modern gods of technology,” said director Mercy Vasquez. “Combining elements of the modern/machine world with the natural world to create this landscape has been thought provoking for the cast as they consider how dependent they are on technology themselves.”

The Junior Players portray all the roles in Coble’s adaptation of these Greek myths. Playing multiple roles challenges them to bring life to each one.

“This has evolved into a very physical production,” said Vasquez. She has worked extensively on movement and physical expression. She begins each class with a movement exercise to prepare the young actors for rehearsal, “This has proven to serve them well in this piece which itself begins as a ritual circle.”

Vasquez also teaches the Junior Players during the school year she graduated from UCLA with a dual major in English literature and theatre. She received dramatic training at King’s College in London, the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and the Acting Intensive Program in SCR’s Theatre Conservatory.  She has performed on stage at SCR, Garden Grove Playhouse, Theater Theater and Heritage Square Theater.


Myth Adventures: Five Greek Classics
Adapted By Eric Coble
Directed by Mercy Vasquez
Journey with Dionysus on a thrilling adventure that’s filled with drama, comedy, music, laughter and tears—just like life itself. 

Dates: Saturdays, March 21 and March 28, at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m; Sundays, March 22 and March 29, at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m.
Tickets: $10 (may be purchased through the SCR Box Office at (714) 708-5555 or online at www.scr.org)

Cast List:
William Boyer-Montgomery - Dionysus      
Dominic Brack - Pageboy I, Y Athenian
Mikey Costa  - King Midas, King Aegeus
Olivia De Los Santos - Eurydice, Nysa
Lauren Dong  - Cerberus, Ariadne
Angeliki Harris - Charon, Narcissus
Mitchell Huntley - Silenus, Zeus
Abby Matzke - Calliope, Soldier I
Liam McHugh - Orpheus, Ensemble
Joshua Myran  - Daedalus, Ensemble
Emme O'Toole - Echo, Cerberus   
Jessica Odishoo - Hades, Soldier II   
Saul Richardson - Theseus, Ensemble
Sarah Sparks  - Pageboy II, Hera
Louis Tonkovich - King Minos, Ensemble
Ella Webb - Cerberus, Icarus  

Cities:
Corona del Mar - Angeliki Harris
Foothill Ranch - Sarah Sparks
Huntington Beach - Dominic Brack, William Boyer-Montgomery
Irvine - Lauren Dong, Jessica Odishoo, Emme O’Toole
Lake Forest - Olivia De Los Santos
Long Beach - Abby Matzke
Newport Beach - Mitchell Huntley
Riverside - Saul Richardson
San Clemente - Ella Webb
Santa Ana - Liam McHugh
Silverado - Louis Tonkovich
Trabuco Canyon - Joshua Myran
Tustin - Mikey Costa

Current and Upcoming Productions: tokyo fish story by Kimber Lee, March 8-29; Mr. Wolf by Rajiv Joseph, April 12-May 3; Peter and the Starcatcher by Rick Elice, May 8-June 7; and OZ 2.5 by Catherine Trieschmann, May 22-June 7. The Pacific Playwrights Festival is April 24-26. More information is available at www.scr.org.


ABOUT SOUTH COAST REPERTORY: Tony Award-winning South Coast Repertory, founded in 1964 by David Emmes and Martin Benson, is widely recognized as one of the leading professional theatres in the United States. While its productions represent a balance of classic and modern theatre, SCR is renowned for its extensive new-play development program, which includes the nation’s largest commissioning program for emerging and established writers. One-quarter of SCR’s 525 productions have been world premieres. SCR-developed works have garnered two Pulitzer Prizes and eight Pulitzer nominations, several Obie Awards and scores of major new-play awards. Located in Costa Mesa, Calif., SCR is home to the 507-seat Segerstrom Stage, the 336-seat Julianne Argyros Stage and the 94-seat Nicholas Studio. www.scr.org