Pearl River Community College’s theater program treated Ethel Holden Brownstone Center audience members to a dizzying and delightful presentation of The Iliad, The Odyssey and all of Greek Mythology in 99 Minutes or Less Thursday night.
With the clock ticking in front of everyone’s eyes, the cast literally runs through all of Greek mythology. Students kept the audience's laughter alive as they brought mythological characters onto the red carpet and a dating show. The lightning-fast scene changes kept everyone on their toes. The hysterical results of 99 minutes of hard work by PRCC’s theatre program is sure to last long after the curtain closes.
“The students did great,” Instructor of Speech and Theater Christopher Flynn said. “They still had seven minutes left so we made it under time, which was important. Two nights ago, we had five seconds left so they’ve progressed very well. We look forward to seeing more people here Friday night.”
The clock ticking away on screens at the front of the stage added fun and excitement for not only the audience but the actors as well.
“This was the first time we’ve had the chance to have a live audience all year so the fact that we got to do it was awesome,” cast member Maggie Gressett said. “I hope we get a little closer to the time (Friday) night to add a little bit more adrenaline to the performance. I’m sad we only get to perform two nights but I’m still very happy that we get to perform at all.”
The cast is comprised of Elijah Brittain, of Picayune; Colby Buras of Chalmette, LA; Miranda Dickson, of Hurley; Gresset, of Lake; Canaan Logan, of Poplarville; Cullin Rogers, of Purvis; Hayley Thibodeaux, of Carriere; Jeremiah Quiroz, of Picayune and Jessica Helgerson, of Picayune. Set Designer is Jax Wright and Costume Designer Caroline Flynn.
The play originally premiered at the Studio Theatre in Orlando, Florida on March 2, 2007. It was produced by the Jester Theater Company, a local professional theater company that specializes in only producing comedies. It was directed by Jay Hopkins.
Tickets for Pearl River’s second presentation of The Iliad, The Odyssey and all of Greek Mythology in 99 Minutes or Less are still available for Friday April 9 at 7 p.m. and can be purchased for $5 by calling 601-403-1180 or at the door.