The Odyssey Abridged sets sail at Northeast State

Get ready for ancient Greek adventure brought life with a kicking classic rock-and-roll soundtrack when the Northeast State Department of Theatre stages The Odyssey Abridged: A Puppet Journey of Epic Proportions this month.

The Odyssey performances are Nov. 14-16 and Nov. 21-23 at 7:30 p.m. with two matinée showings at 2 p.m. on Nov. 16 and Nov. 24.  Tickets are $10 and can be purchased online now at  Tickets are free to Northeast State students with valid student identification.

The Odyssey Abridged opens Nov. 14.
The Odyssey Abridged opens Nov. 14.

Based on The Odyssey by Homer, the play tells the story of Odysseus long journey home to after the Trojan War. The Odyssey Abridged is an original adaptation written and directed by Northeast State’s own Brad McKenzie.  The award-winning Northeast State Theatre crew pulls out all the stops for this lavish stage production of actors, gigantic monster puppets, and special effects that will amaze audiences.

Odysseus recounts his long journey dodging man-eating scary beasts such as the seven-headed monster Scylla and the voracious Cyclops.  He also must resist the temptations of the Singing Sirens, dodge the whirlpool Charybdis and deal with the suitors courting his forlorn yet yearning wife Penelope.  The “road trip” feel of the play follows Odysseus’ harrowing and often comic journey to return home.

Northeast State Theatre stays true to its reputation as the most innovative theatre department in the region with an elaborate production of actors and technical design.  The lighting and sound effects that set Northeast State Theatre apart give a full three-dimensional treatment for audiences.  The entire production seamlessly blends stage action and special effects to enliven the Greek classic. Don’t miss this spectacular play!

Northeast State Theatre is offering showtimes during the day for middle school and high school students.  For more information, contact Northeast State Theatre at 423.354.2479 or e-mail

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