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Presenting favorite Greek tales November 30, 2006

Posted by grhomeboy in Hellenic Light Americas.

The Winni Players Youth Ensemble, made up of locals between the age of 7 and 16, will be presenting the original play, Drama for Dionysus today through Sunday.

The gods are bored! Tired of the same old offerings, Zeus, Apollo, Athena and the rest of the crowd on Mount Olympus demand that the mortals entertain them. Thus, they offer up fun, modern and zippy adaptations of five well-known Greek myths. With stories like “Icarus and Daedalus”, “Medusa” and “King Midas” turned into political debates, soap operas and musical parodies, this isn’t your great-great (great-great-great etc., etc.) grandfather’s Greek tales.

The 28 talented youngsters from Laconia, Gilford, Meredith, Gilmanton, Belmont, Center Harbor, Center Barnstead, Warren and Ashland have been working since September to make these tales entertaining and relevant to audiences young and old.

The script was written by director Johanna Halperin, although being a new work it was shaped and enhanced by suggestions and ideas from the cast.

The production is suitable for children aged five and over. Like some of the best children’s cartoons and movies of recent years, there are enough “in-jokes” and mature humor to entertain adults as well.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students and seniors and can be reserved by calling 366-7377. Showtimes are Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.

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