Blackbird Theater has a well-deserved reputation for ambitious productions and world premieres since its 2010 founding (“Twilight of the Gods” set the bar very high at the beginning). “Myth: A New Musical” that opens this coming Friday and plays through July 26 in the theater at Hillsboro High School (3812 Hillsboro Pike) is both.
The show – written by Blackbird founders Wes Driver and Greg Greene with music by Michael Slayton – gives us Blackbird’s lyrical take on how and why the ancient Greek gods were cast from Mt. Olympus. Their production, directed by Driver and Greene with Jason Tucker as musical director, has 32 actors telling the story accompanied by a 10-piece orchestra.
From their site: “The princess of Athens and the prince of Thebes are to be married. But an oracle portends doom. The mortals challenge the Fates. The gods intervene. And what follows is an impassioned tale of surprising romances, unlikely heroes, and, of course, the incomparable gods in all of their majestic, decadent glory.”
Among the cast are Corrine Bupp as Acacia, Brad Brown as Kakisto, Ronnie Meek as Praxis, David Arnold as Zeus, Darci Wantiez as Tressa, Tony Nappo as Kallisto, Patrick Kramer as Sisyphus, Jennifer Whitcomb-Oliva as the Priestess, Caroline Davis as Hypatia, JJ Rodgers as Hera, Catherine Birdsong as Aphrodite, Mallory Mundy as Athena, Kristopher Wente as Apollo, Tadd Himelrick as Hermes and Scott Stewart as Hades.
Click here to purchase tickets ($20, $15 for students and seniors). Performances are at 7 p.m. weekdays and Saturdays and 2:30 p.m. on Sundays during the eight-performance run, with the theater dark on Monday, July 20 and Tuesday, July 21.