Loosely based on the epic poem “Argonautika” by Apollonius of Rhodes, Argonuts recounts the ancient myth of Jason and the Argonauts—a crew of heroes including the likes of Orpheus, Castor, Pollux, and Hercules himself—who sailed the Aegean Sea on a daring quest for the Golden Fleece.
Yet while the story comes from the canon of classical Greek literature, this is no staid poetry reading. Instead it’s a wild comedy with a cast of nearly 40 characters ranging from a half-man/half-horse centaur to a hot-tempered but insecure bronze giant. Combined with a little music, a slideshow, and a ten-foot snake puppet, Argonuts is that all-too-rare commodity for any high school or community group: a fast-paced, unpredictable, and genuinely hilarious show!
Argonuts was first performed on November 2, 2006, by a cast of 29 students (17 female, 12 male) accompanied by a small pit ensemble at Argo Community High School in suburban Chicago.
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