Homer’s Odyssey basis for teenage refugee drama

Tickets are available for ANON(ymous), the story of a teenage refugee who is searching for family and identity in America. Winner of the New Voices, New Visions Award, this play by Naomi Lizuka will be presented by Theater For Young Audiences’ Rising Stars Youth Theater Troupe October 8-11.

Sponsored in part by Acuity and the Arts, the Grover Family Foundation, and the Hugh and Ruth V. Ross Charitable Fund, the production is designed and staged by a team of young people under the supervision of teaching artists Hannah Benton (costumes, masks), Savannah M.Lewis (set, props, lightining, sound), and Erin Smiley (stage direction).

Stage directors Sara Bartol and Hannah Staats together with fight and movement choreographer Karynmarie Attipoe directed a cast of twenty-two youngsters in grades five through twelve in this modern day epic quest based loosely on Homer’s Odyssey.

The acting ensemble is as follows: Florence Butterfield, Lily-Rose Butterfield, Cassie Chrisman, Aaron Dekker, Angelica Hoffman, Amber Klobucher, Laurynn List, Emma Mitchell, Keeara Muellenbach, Mackenzie Ross, Aseda Obuobisah, Ayeyi Obuobisah, Braden Ortiz, Dakota Ortiz, Camille Saats, Matthew Staats, Bella Szyman, Emily Tipton, Abby Wetzler, Emily Yang, Palily Yang and Steven Yang.

The design team has created an abstract setting that is easily transformed thru the use of props, costumes, lighting and sound. The designers include: (set and props) Kade Byrand, Keeara Muellenbach, Camille Staats, (costumes) Erika Green, Hannah Green, Bailey Joyce, Sarah Torres; (sound) Jackson Kloes, Greg Tengowski; (lighting) Matthew Staats, and Greg Tengowski.

Run crew members are Florence Butterfield, Amber Klobucher, Laurynn List, Aseda Obuosiah, and Ayeyi Obuosiah. Sound operator is Jackson Kloes. Greg Tengowski operates the light board.

All performance will be given at TYA’s Theater Factory, 1305 St. Clair Avenue, Sheboygan.

The play is best suited for youngsters in grades five through twelve.

Public performances followed by “Talk-backs” with members of our community who arrived in America as refugees will be held at 7pm on Thursday, October 8, Friday, October 9 and Saturday, October 10.

The final performance will be held at 2pm on Sunday, October 11.

Tickets for the public performances are available online at www.tyasheboygan.org or at the door.

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