THE ODYSSEY 2018
In 2018, Artpark undertook a fresh iniative that gave the spotlight to our Western New York community in a musical theatre production of THE ODYSSEY by Todd Almond and Lear Debessonet. This groundbreaking community collaboration involved over 200 participants including theatre professionals, volunteers and community organizations. Broadway stars joined community actors, students and volunteers. Supporters graciously donated food, rehearsal space and monetary contributions. Months of workshops, rehearsals and artistic collaboration came to a triumphant presentation at Artpark's Mainstage Theater on August 4 and 5, 2018.
Photo: THE ODYSSEY Musical Theater Production & Community Collaboration; Written by Homer, Conceived & Directed by Lear Debessonet; Book, Music & Lyrics by Todd Almond; Directed by ROGER DANFORTH; Featuring: Terence Archie; Courtney Balan; Christopher Guilmet & Gregg Goldston; dress rehearsal photographed: Saturday August 4, 2018 at Artpark Mainstage Theater; Lewiston, NY Photograph by RICHARD TERMINE © 2018 RICHARD TERMINE
"Everyone at Artpark deserves a standing ovation for producing an incredible event. I have never seen a show so diversified and inclusive. You could tell all on stage were so proud to be performing and felt the love from the audience. If only our world could learn from what was represented on your stage. I am so happy I attended. Your presentation will forever be a cherished memory!" - Karen Konecko, an audience member
Beginning with local auditions and performance workshops
at community partner locations
Group rehearsals on stage
Rehearsals with director Roger Danforth and choreographer Jon Lehrer
Working with Broadway stars
Terence Archie* and Courtney Balan*
with Christopher Guilmet* and Gregg Goldston
Providing Artpark Theatre Academy students the opportunity to
collaborate with their local community
Thank you to local businesses for providing their support
DiMino Tops Lewiston - Food donations throughout the rehearsal process
St. Paul's Church- donation of rehearsal space
Niagara Falls Coach Lines
Bringing the community together
"This show was so touching and gave a message of coming home and inclusivity! Thanks to everyone, it was truly heartwarming!”
“It was a wonderful show!! To see so many people from the community was heartwarming. Congratulations to everyone!” -Tina Auman Bidwell
Conceived and Directed by
Book, Music and Lyrics by
Originally commissioned and produced by The Public Theatre
Oskar Eustis, Artistic Director
Patrick Willingham, Executive Director
Originally commissioned and developed by The Old Globe, San Diego, California
Louis G. Spisto, Executive Producer
Apollo Creed in Broadway’s Rocky
Broadway’s Falsettos, Finding Neverland
Duke in Man of La Mancha, Reprise! Theatre in Los Angeles
"His ability and vision have expanded the art of mime."
-- Marcel Marceau
Set & Projections Design
Lighting Design by
Carin Jean White,
Guest Artist Casting by
Western NY Casting by
P Technical Director & Production Stage Manager
BHair & Make Up/Associate Costume Designer
Promotions & Public Relations by
*The Actors appears through the courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.
**Director is member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, a national theatrical labor union.
Based on the model built by New York City’s prestigious The Public Theater, this program and production are truly theatre of, by, and for the people, celebrating the diversity of our region in a spirit of collaboration and inclusion.
Program supervision by Artpark’s Director of Family Programming, Tanis Winslow.
Special thanks also to Francine DelMonte and Paschal Frisina III.
Artpark Theatre Academy was co-directed by Paschal Frisina III and Toni Dentico
A 4-week intensive for ages 10-18, which explored workshops in all aspects of musical theatre culminated in 2 performances of Artpark's The Odyssey!
We were so pleased to share the stage with our community partners!
Thank you to all participants
Thank you to our Odyssey sponsors!
The Charles D. and Mary A. Bauer Foundation
The Donald F. and Barbara L. Newman Family Foundation
With special thanks to:
St. Paul's Episcopal Church
The Odyssey was 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