Odyssey Speedrun Auditions

An age-old story gets retold as a brand-new one-act for SMCT Summer Children’s Theatre!

Odysseus has been away at sea for a long time. A REALLY long time. Twenty years, in fact. And he would do anything to get back to his family. Along the way, he crosses paths with a cyclops that herds sheep, a princess who doesn’t like laundry, a witch who turns people into pigs, and a VERY angry sea god. With so many obstacles between here and there, how will Odysseus ever manage to get home?

Auditions are open to ages 6-18. Auditions will be held at the Scituate Senior Center (1315 Chopmist Hill Road) on Sunday, April 21 at 2-5pm. Auditions will consist of a cold reading from the script. No memorization required.

If you are unable to make that audition date but would like to be a part of the show, please contact mentor director Merynn Flynn at merynn.flynn@gmail.com to arrange a video audition.

The first read-through will take place on Friday, April 26 from 6-8pm. Regular rehearsals will begin on May 5 and will be on Sunday and Wednesday evenings from 6 to 8:30. Rehearsal locations TBD.

Tech week is July 13-16, and the show plays July 17-21. Tech rehearsals and show dates are mandatory for all performers.

List of Roles

Greek Chorus: Narrators of the show, as well as extras (Suitors, Sailors, Phaeacians, and Scholars). Onstage for most of the show and play a large range of characters; robust and versatile performers.

Odysseus: Hero of the Trojan War, on his way home. Complicated. 

Athena: Goddess of wisdom, who comes to Odysseus’s aid. Often appears in disguise.

Poseidon: God of the sea, legendary for his temper and grudge against Odysseus. 

Telemachus: Odysseus’s son, a doormat until inspired by Athena. 

Penelope: Odysseus’s wife, a genius trapped by society. 

Antinous: One of Penelope’s simps, a frat boy. 

Eurymachus: One of Penelope’s simps, a frat boy. More #toxic than Antinous.

Nausicaa: Princess of Phaeacia. Doesn’t like doing laundry. 

Eumaeus: A swineherd in Ithaca; the first to see Odysseus return home. 

Nestor: King of Pylos, a horse girl. 

Menelaus: King of Sparta, a gossip.

Mentor: Olive oil salesman. Hero of another play. 

Polyphemus: Giant cyclops, good with sheep.

Leukothea: Very minor sea goddess.

Demodocus: Poet-bard of Phaeacia. Only singing role in the show. 

Aeolus: A kind helpful king. 

Circe: A witch. See Madeline Miller for more nuance.

Tiresias: A prophet. Dead, but sometimes you can still hear his voice.

Calypso: A passive-aggressive immortal goddess.

Helios: Sun god.

Morpheus: Dream god.

  • April 21, 2024 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm Scituate Senior Center