Event Details

Saturday, August 4th, 2018
|  8:00pm - 11:00pm

The Odyssey



Written by homer

Conceived and Driected by Lear debessonet

Book, Music and Lyrics by  Todd almond


Originally commisioned and produced by The Public Theatre

Oskar Eustis, Artistic Director

Patrick Willingham, Executive Director


Originally commisioned and developed by The Old Globe,

San Diego, California

Louis G. Spisto, Executive Producer


Directed by Roger Danforth
at Artpark Mainstage Theater

Travel with us on a story of high adventure and true love as 100+ WESTERN NEW YORK CITIZENS join BROADWAY STARS, PROFESSIONAL ACTORS, STUDENTS OF THE ARTPARK THEATRE ACADEMY and REGIONAL PERFORMANCE GROUPS onstage to create beautiful and dangerous world of THE ODYSSEY. A theatrical celebration for the whole family, this MUSICAL ADAPTATION of Homer's epic tale will bring our entire community together.



Artpark will present its own original production under the license from TRW.

Terence Archie*


Apollo Creed in Broadway’s Rocky

The Odyssey, Seattle Rep



Broadway’s Falsettos, Finding Neverland


Christopher Guilmet*

The Singer

Duke in Man of La Mancha, Reprise! Theatre in Los Angeles

Gregg Goldston


"His ability and vision have expanded the art of mime."
-- Marcel Marceau

Artpark Theatre Academy and 100+ Western New Yorkers


Inspired by the nationally recognized program PUBLIC WORKS built by New York City's Public Theater, the program seeks to engage audiences in new ways by making them CREATORS AND NOT JUST SPECTATORS. Working with community‐based organizations, ARTPARK invites a WIDE DIVERSITY OF PEOPLE to participate in workshops and classes, attend performances, and to join in the creation of an ambitious work of PARTICIPATORY THEATRE led by working theatre professionals.

Representing the strength and diversity of the WNY community:

See our Community Partners



Thank you all that participated in the Odyssey public auditions on April 14th!

We were thrilled to discover and welcome over 100 talented and inspired individuals to the Odyssey community. We should be sending out notices to all shortly with details and rehearsal schedule.

If you came to the auditions but do not hear from us by May 1st, please contact: 
[email protected] 


$25 general public
$5 students (at box office)

Tickets are available by phone at 716-754-4375 or in person at the Artpark Box Office. 


Directed by

Roger Danforth


Jon Lehrer

Music Director

Patrick Towey

Set & Projections Design

Tatyana Wilds

Costume Designer

Bret Runyon

Lighting Design

Dyan Burlingame

Sound Design

Eric Burlingame

Puppet Design

Adam Kreutinger

Director of Production

Susan Stimson

Associate Directors

Carin Jean White
katie lupica

Associate Choreographer

Toni Dentico

Casting by

Stephanie Klapper Casting,
Kate LoConti

More cast & team to be announced!


Based on the model built by New York City’s prestigious The Public Theater, this production is truly theatre of, by, and for the people, celebrating the diversity of our region in a spirit of collaboration and inclusion.

The program is supervised by Artpark’s Director of Family Programming, Tanis Winslow.

Special thanks also to Francine DelMonte and Paschal Frisina III. 



Artpark Theatre Academy is co-directed by Paschal Frisina III and Toni Dentico
A 4-week intensive for ages 10-18, exploring workshops in all aspects of musical theatre culminating in 2 performances of Artpark's The Odyssey! 
Click here for more info and registration


We are so pleased to share the stage with our community partners!
Thank you to all participants




Special thanks to Veterans One-stop Center of WNY for participating in our workshops


Artpark Volunteer Corps
Francine Delmonte, Coordinator

Lewiston Fire Company No. 1

Iroquois Indian Band

The Slyboots School of Music, Art and Dance

Mount Erie Baptist Church Choir

Arandom ninjaz


More groups to be announced!


Thank you to our Odyssey sponsors!


The Charles D. and Mary A. Bauer Foundation

The Donald F. and Barbara L. Newman Family Foundation

Niagara Falls National Heritage Area

Pamela and Joseph Priest 

Special thanks to:     


St. Paul's Episcopal Church

The Odyssey is presented through special arrangement with and all authorized performance materials are supplied by Theatrical Rights Worldwide (TRW), 1180 Avenue of the Americas, Suite 640, New York, NY 10036 (866) 378-9758