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WHOLE NEW WAVE OF 5TH GRADERS TO SEE NEW MUSICAL ROCK ODYSSEY
September 10, 2010, 4:34 pm
Filed under: Rock Odyssey

Last May 26,000 Miami-Dade County Public School fifth grade students were invited to see Rock Odyssey, the rock and roll musical presented by the Adrienne Arsht Center last spring completely free of charge to the students and their schools. And the good news is that it returns this September to enrich the lives of all the new fifth graders who have just gone back to school.  Through the Adrienne Arsht Center’s Learning Through the Arts program, fifth grade students of Miami-Dade County will enjoy the opportunity to experience live musical theater, free of charge, over the course of two weeks.

A  collaboration between Emmy Award-winning composer Billy Straus and Kleban Award-winning writer Stephen Cole, Rock Odyssey relates the epic tale of Homer’s The Odyssey in an age-appropriate musical theater context, complete with sword fighting, dancing, period costumes, and a nine-foot Cyclops puppet.  Students will be transported back to Ancient Greece thanks to the set designed by New York-based Laura Brock and the costumes of Miami-based designer Ellis Tillman.  Douglas Love, celebrated television producer, author, and playwright, returns to the Adrienne Arsht Center to remount the production. 

Performed by a local cast of musical theater professionals, Rock Odyssey runs from September 21 – October 1 in the John S. and James L. Knight Concert Hall.

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