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Mythology takes the spotlight October 31, 2006

Posted by grhomeboy in Hellenic Light Americas.

College play brings ancient Greek characters to life

Greek mythology will come to the stage when Northern Essex Community College’s Top Notch Players present the off-Broadway musical comedy “Olympus on my Mind”.

Performances are November 3, 4, 9, 10 and 11 at 7:30 p.m. and November 12 at 3 p.m. in the Top Notch Theater on the third floor of the Spurk Building.

The play is directed by NECC professor Jim Murphy, with musical direction by professor Alisa Bucchiere and set and lighting design by professor Susan Sanders.

The play, which is based on several versions of the Amphitryon myth, follows Jupiter  who is bored, yet feeling amorous. He spies a beautiful mortal, Alcmene, the wife of General Amphitryon who has been away fighting the Spartans. Jupiter, with some help from his son Mercury, disguises himself as Amphitryon and has romantic involvement with Alcmene. The following day, Amphitryon returns, singing of what a wonderful welcome he is expecting from his wife. When she does see him, the confusion begins.

The cast includes: Eric Barnes Salvi, Emily Kate Salvi and Dan Potter, all of Haverhill; Rachel McBride of Amesbury; Stephanie McKenney of Lawrence; Jamie Danahy of Newburyport; Joey O’Donnell of Derry; Mark Zick of Groveland and Danny Nickerson of Methuen.

Tickets are $10 general admission and $8 for students and senior citizens and will be available at the door or online at www.mvarts.info.

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