Go Greek with NCT’s Golden Fleece, Jan. 18 – Feb. 6

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Nashville Children’s Theatre presents:

Jason and the Golden Fleece (Ages 9 and older)
25 Middleton St., Nashville
252-4675 or nashvillechildrenstheatre.org
Show times: Sat 2 p.m. (with an additional 4 p.m. performance on Feb. 5), Sun 2 p.m. (Feb. 6 only)
Tickets: $17 adults, $12 children

Bring your kids to Nashville Children’s Theatre (NCT) to experience one of Greek mythology’s notable tales during the current production of Jason and the Golden Fleece.

Based on Apollonius of Rhodes’ epic poem, “Argonautica,” John Olive’s stage adaptation hits the main elements of the adventurous tale of Jason’s quest to reclaim the magical golden fleece in order to claim his rightful place as King of Thessaly, which his trecherous uncle, Pelius, stole.

Directed by Scot Copeland, local stage veteran Eric D. Pasto-Crosby serves up a succinct performance as the title character, Jason, as do Peter Vann and Joseph Robinson in their roles as Orpheus and Hercules, respectively.  Both Vann and Robinson deliver a few much-needed humorous quips along the journey.

The ever-delightful Jamie Farmer plays multiple roles — the goddess Atalanta, Harpy, Hipsypyle, Arachne and the sorceress Medea, the latter being her standout character in the show.  She performs this part with appropriate drama.

Bobby Wyckoff also fills the shoes of several characters — Pelius, Argos, Phineus, King Aetes of Colchis and the swamp-dwelling Inos.  He also shines in each of his roles.  The direction, delivery and presentation of King Aetes, however, is amazlingly intense.  In fact, it’s one of the high points of the production.

Scenic Designer Erica Edmonson made an interesting choice in the show’s set, which basically consists of scaffolding on the stage.  It’s fairly simple, but it works very well for this production, accented greatly by Scott Leather’s lighting effects.  Further, Patricia Taber’s creative costume design is a perfect fit on all counts.

Jason and the Golden Fleece is certainly a fun way to spend an hour and 15 minutes with your kids.  You won’t want to miss the boat with this one.

Chad Young is the managing editor and arts/entertainment editor for this publication.

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