Posted April 6, 2016

The road to opening night

From costume design to set production, see how Temple Theatres brought the classic Greek epic The Odyssey to life.

An actor on stage during a dress rehearsal of The Odyssey.
Photography By: 
Joseph V. Labolito
Photographer Joe Labolito was granted backstage access to Temple Theatres' production of 'The Odyssey,' and captured actors during a dress rehearsal of the classic Greek epic.

Temple Theatres’ most recent production—The Odyssey, which ran March 16–26—was a modern adaptation of Homer’s epic story. Like any stage play, bringing the story to life on stage took months of planning and teamwork by an ensemble of student, guest and faculty actors and crew members.

The story, which follows Odysseus on his journey home, calls for sets that replicate islands and ships. Characters include a beautiful sorceress, seductive sirens and a vengeful god. For the monsters, such as the iconic Cyclops, the ensemble created shadow puppets.

In advance of opening night, Temple photographer, Joe Labolito, went backstage for a behind-the-scenes look at how a major stage production comes together.

The next Temple Theatres’ production is Godspell, which runs April 13–24 at the Randall Theater.

See the pre-production photos from The Odyssey.