Alternative Version of Homeric Tales at Johnston School in Carolina

A parody of two Homeric tales will be told on the Johnston High School stage this weekend.

The drama department will present “The Iliad, The Odyssey, and All of Greek Mythology, in 99 Minutes or Less,” Thursday through Saturday.

The production is truly hilarious. It is very fast-paced and full of jokes that appeal to both those who know the mythology and those who don’t. In fact, for those who are unfamiliar with the subject, it serves as a painless introduction to Greek mythology and Homer’s epic poems.

The cast has been quite busy, with 24 actors filling 135 roles. While the production originally called for five actors, it was expanded to include everyone interested in appearing on stage.

“Everyone gets the jokes and we are all working together to help each other through what is a very involved show. Our biggest challenge is coming to terms with the number of characters. The entrances, exits and character changes are complex. Who needs to be on stage and when do they have to be there has been our biggest struggle so far. We are working in a broad presentational style,” Paul Miller, drama sponsor at Johnston High School stated.