About Winter One Acts-The Odyssey & Treasure Island
The magic of this play comes from the way the entire audience creates the storm at sea, a mosquito-infested jungle and a treasure cave filled with eerie ghosts. Five children become members of Long John's treacherous pirate gang while others join Captain Smollet's crew. The children team up with the fearsome Ben Bulba to help defeat Red the Pirate Queen and save Long John. The audience must decide whether to hang Long John or let him sail away forever to inhabit children's dreams.
The Odyssey is the story not only of Odysseus' journey home from the Trojan War but of his son Telemachus' path to find out who he truly is. As Odysseus encounters the one-eyed Cyclops, Telemachus struggles to keep their home safe from greedy suitors. As Odysseus battles raging seas and the sly Circe, Telemachus himself sets sail to find his father. And on their parallel journeys, Odysseus and Telemachus encounter monsters and seas so treacherous that they are challenged to their limits. Will they survive to return home? If they do, what kind of heroes will they have become? This Odyssey imagines a somewhat different ending from Homer's epic. But the questions to be faced are the same set out in the ancient story. How do we protect our homes? What makes something or someone a monster? How do we deal with the monsters we encounter overseas? What does it mean to be a hero, to grow up, to be civilized? How does each one of us, despite our age, fears or background, confront the obstacles that life places in our path and find our way through?
Theatre at Mount Vernon is truly an immersive experience where students have endless opportunities to act, design, build, stage manage and create electrifying experiences like no where else. From Hitchcock to Shakespeare, original plays inspired by podcasts to popular musicals we all know and love, our students are able to tailor their drama experience to suit their passions & interests. Students begin learning about theatre in Preschool Performing Arts Class and continue to hone their skills until elective courses become available in Grades 5-12. Whether they are new to theatre or an experienced veteran, students have no shortage of curricular and extra-curricular opportunities to flourish in theatre arts!