Odyssey, Part II Is Kitchen Theatre's New Family Musical, Feb. 17-March 4

News   Odyssey, Part II Is Kitchen Theatre's New Family Musical, Feb. 17-March 4
Kitchen Theatre Company in Ithaca, NY, will fill the sails of the world premiere musical, The Odyssey, Part II, in its Family Fare series, Feb. 17-March 4.

Composer Kevin Rockower and playwright-lyricist Rachel Lampert reunite to create a new musical drawn from the classic by Homer. "The epic poem contains enough adventures for two musicals," according to KTC notes. "Last year's Family Fare Series featured part one of Odysseus' story (the Trojan War and the start of the journey home). This year we see Odysseus' further adventures, including close calls on the rocky seas and encounters with fantastical mythological beings. You don't need to have seen part one to enjoy the continuation of the journey. Come be enchanted by the music, the movement, and the cunning of Odysseus as he confronts gods, monsters, Sirens, and suitors."

Odysseus will be played by David Moreland, well-known locally as Moreland the Magician. Before his move to Ithaca in 2002, Moreland lived in Los Angeles, where he was a film and TV actor.

The ensemble cast also includes siblings Nathan, Kevin and Erin Hilgartner (with oldest brother Nathan Hilgartner also assisting Rachel Lampert with the text), Family Fare favorite Brett Bossard, and Robert De Luca, last seen on the Kitchen Theatre stage as the mobster Carmine Bruno in Tony & the Soprano.

New to the Kitchen are recent college graduates Jessica Carr (Athena) and Ashley Huyge (Penelope), Wells College sophomore Lindsey Cahoon (Circe) and Ithaca College freshman Ryan DeNardo (Achilles).

Ofer Ravid directs. The creative team includes costume designer Hannah Kochman, lighting designer Melissa Thompson, stage manager Molly Hennighausen and assistant stage manager Luke Kutler. Composer Kevin Rockower's work includes songs for the Kitchen Theatre production of Fools! Schmools! An Ithaca College musical theatre graduate, he lives in New York City where he works as an actor and composer. He played Frank in the world premiere of Adam Bock's The Drunken City at the Kitchen Theatre.

Playwright/lyricist Rachel Lampert, who is also KTC's artistic director, has authored many original Family Fare productions (Rebecca Returns, The Mozart Mystery, I Have a Song to Sing O!, Winter Tales, A December Suite, The Sisters Fitzenstarts Fall Recital, The Emmett & Hambone Stories and Fools! Schmools!) and adaptations (A Christmas Carol, Pirates of Penzance, HMS Pinafore and The Mikado).

Ofer Ravid makes his Kitchen Theatre directorial debut with this show. Ofer has taught acting and directed plays around the world in English, Hebrew and Spanish, and has recently joined the Kitchen Theatre staff as assistant to the artistic director. At the Kitchen he has been seen in Waltz and Lampert Variations.

For more information, visit www.kitchentheatre.org.

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