The Antyssey

iNadine Chu, Oscar Derkx, Jesse Gervais

Book, Music & Lyrics by Joel Crichton and Richard Lee Hsi

A brand new musical by two of Edmonton’s hottest upcoming talents… Oscar, a young ant, has been brought up with one goal: to dedicate his life to his black ant colony. When he discovers the truth about his parentage… that he is actually a yellow ant, questions about his identity send him away from his beloved colony on a journey of self-discovery… An Antyssey! Joined unexpectedly by Andrea, his feisty and combative classmate who is fighting the expectation that she must become a Queen, the two find themselves in parts of the forest they have only heard about… and face to face with other insects they never knew existed, including the mysterious and wise Tiresias Caterpillar. A song-filled look at identity and expectation that celebrates the uniqueness of every individual… revealing lots of amazing facts about ants along the way!

From the script, to production, to the phenomenal talent of your actors to teach, entertain and engage students- The Antyssey was a highlight of our year so far!

Joanne Wynn, Principal


Directed by Mieko Ouchi
Stage Managed by Sang Sang Lee

Nadien Chu
Oscar Derkx
Jesse Gervais

Production Design by Patrick Beagan
Musical Direction by Joel Crichton
Touring Sound by Perry Harris


Curriculum Ties:
Wellness: impact of personal behaviour, effects of sharing positive feelings, relationship between feelings and behaviours, effective listening, recognize that presenting feelings may mask underlying feelings, communication skills, enhance friendships, respect for differences.
Language Arts:
 respond to new ideas, make connections, repetition, rhyme and rhythm, story structure, integration of other art forms to enhance meaning.
Social Studies: understanding how identity is shaped, respecting differences and fostering inclusiveness.
Music/Drama: appreciation of the integration of art forms to tell a story.

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