Town Players to perform 'Olympus on My Mind'
Town Players of New Canaan to perform 'Olympus On My Mind'
Published 2:04 pm, Wednesday, April 8, 2015
The Town Players of New Canaan are presenting a revival of the musical spoof "Olympus On My Mind" at the Powerhouse Theatre in Waveny Park. The show opens April 24 and runs for three weekends.
"We wanted to do a good old-fashioned musical that was pure fun and yet hadn't been endlessly recycled," Town Players Co-President Sheri Dean said.
" `Olympus On My Mind' fills that bill. As soon as you hear the opening bars, you know you're in for a good time."
With book and lyrics by Barry Harman and music by Grant Sturiale, "Olympus" is based on the Greek myth of Amphitryon and tells how Jupiter comes to Earth to woo the beautiful Alcmene, appearing in the form of her absent husband, General Amphitryon. Jupiter discovers that he's capable of human emotions, and falls in love. All goes well until the real Amphitryon returns.
"Olympus" features slapstick physical comedy, mistaken identities, tap dancing, a hat-and-cane production number, a hand-clapping gospel song and ballads with lovely lyrics and hummable melodies.
The play is directed by Tom Butterworth (who also plays Jupiter). The co-director and choreographer is Lauren Nicole Sherwood and the music director is Jerold Goldstein.
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The "Olympus" cast features veteran Town Players actors, as well as newcomers, and includes Anya Caravella, James Hisey II, Emily Hull, Chris Kozlowski, Daniel Mann, Kevin Sell, Levi Squier and Melinda Zupaniotis.
Offstage contributors include Janet Adams, Robert Doran, Meredith Bihl, Gwen Bihl, Ray Stephens, Jeff Klein, Lena Hinrichs, Linda Simon, Katey Henniger, Cheryl Petrone and Sheri Dean.
Performances take place Fridays and Saturdays, April 24 to May 9, at 8 p.m. and Sundays, April 26 and May 3, at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $25, $20 for seniors and students. For more information and tickets, visit www.tpnc.org, or call the box office at 203-966-7371.