Fremont resident Nicholas Beach is bringing a little bit of ancient Greece to town with him this February. Nicholas appears as Hermes and a number of other characters in The Odyssey, which launches the 35th Anniversary Season at Taproot Theatre Company in Greenwood-Phinney, just north of Fremont.
In The Odyssey, Nicholas and a dozen other actors portray over 85 characters. In this mythic tale of epic proportions, re-told by playwright Mary Zimmerman, Homer’s ancient Greek epic comes alive with mythological monsters, gods, adventurers and one of the most enduring stories in history.
Nicholas is no stranger to the Taproot stage. He was previously seen as Tyler Shaw in Donald Margulies’ Brooklyn Boy last March and April. Nicholas received his BFA in Theatre with an emphasis in music from Cornish College of the Arts. He has also been seen in a number of other productions, including Mame (5th Ave. Theatre); Peter Pan, Eleanor and Little Shop of Horrors (Village Theatre); Five Flights, The Beggar’s Opera, Peer Gynt and This is the Rill Speaking (Cornish); and Hello, Dolly! (Eastside Musical Theatre). In addition to The Odyssey, you can catch him in Village Theatre’s Production of Jesus Christ Superstar this spring.
PHOTO: The Odyssey. (Caption: Nicholas Beach, front, as Hermes, with Mark Chamberlin as Odysseus and Nikki Visel as Athena. Photo by Erik Stuhaug.)
The Odyssey—an adaptation based on Robert Fitzgerald’s translation of Homer’s poem, and directed by producing artistic director Scott Nolte—kicks off Taproot Theatre’s 2011 season with an opening night on February 4. The production runs through March 5, with previews on February 2 and 3. For more information or to buy tickets, visit www.taproottheatre.org.