BANGOR — The second session of Penobscot Theatre Company’s Dramatic Academy will culminate Friday through Sunday, Aug. 15-17 with a series of productions inspired by classic Greek myths:
• “Adventures with Aesop” by Alekzander Sayers, directed by Alekzander Sayers and starring Tiny Thespians, age 4 to 6, Evan Babcock, Zach Babcock, Charlotte Hautala, Maise McCarthy, Paige Richard, Jadyn Spearin and Lucy Valentine. The young actors bring the classic tales of Aesop to life through play, imagination and animal work, using an original script crafted especially for Penobscot Theatre Company.
• “The Seussodyssey” by Dan Zolidas, directed by Ben Layman and starring Junior Troupe members, age 7 to 9, Charlotte Beckwith, Thea Bowden, Anika Noack, Rachel Palmer, Avery Richard, Max Thompson and Emma Roy. Homer meets Dr. Seuss in a comical adventure of epic proportions, complete with a singing Cyclops and the sorceress Circe serving up crew members with a side of green eggs.
• “The Greek Mythology Olympiaganza” by Dan Zolidas, directed by Ben Layman and starring Youth Troupe members, age 10 to 13, Lucy Morison, Andrew Barrett, Elizabeth Bates, Ian Buck, Brina Campbell, Ruby El-Hajj, Solomon Finch, Rowan Jellison, Leo Spinney, Zachary Spreng, Naomi Moynihan, Noam Osher, Zivi Osher, Sienna Newman, Rebeclyn Parker, Gabriela Roth, Lana Sabbagh, Hanna Sabbagh, Lilie Sites, Nicholas Rhodes, Katelynn Bowker, Zach Harvey, Brooke Jones, Nathan Manaker, Meg Demeritt. and Josie Guzman. The irreverent comedy offers witty fun for all ages, covering the entirety of Greek mythology using audience participation, Barbie dolls and a hilarious five-minute version of “The Iliad.”
• “Tiger at the Gates” by Jean Giradoux, translated by Christopher Fry, directed by Jasmine A. Ireland and starring Young Adult Ensemble members Alekzander Sayers, Mikayla Burridge, Caitlin Hession, Conor Kenny, Sydney McDonald, Megan Ward, Alyssa Stubbs, Nick Danby, Terra Malkow, Hannah Box, Daniel Perkins, Robert Brangwynne, Eddie Ward, Katherine Adam, and Luke Cote. Originally produced on Broadway and the winner of the Critics’ Circle Award for best play of the year, “Tiger at the Gates” speculates on the events that led to the Trojan War, exploring philosophical ideas through movement, sound and finely crafted performances.
“The Adventures of Aesop” and “The Seussodyssey” will run back-to-back at 11 a.m. Friday through Sunday, Aug. 15-17, at the Bangor Opera House. “The Greek Mythology Olympiaganza will start at 2 p.m. each day, and “Tiger at the Gates” will start at 7 p.m. each day, also at the Bangor Opera House.
Tickets are $12, $8 children, and may be purchased at penobscottheatre.org or by calling the box office at 942-3333.