Middle & High School

Middle and High School audiences, some of the most challenging, respond strongly to Odds Bodkin’s brand of story performance.

“In a nutshell, he visited in the depths of winter and transformed the school, holding 500 adolescents spellbound for an hour each day.”–Rev. Michael Spencer, Head of Humanities Department, The Taft School

“I assured teachers that one of your gifts was to grab an audience and hold it in the palm of your hand. The entire audience of 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th graders sat spellbound for the three days of the performance.”–Dan Schauben-Fuerst, Curriculum Director

“In eight and a half years at Madeira, I can’t remember any visiting speaker or performance artist who provoked such an enthusiastic response as you.”–Sandra Bernstein, Head of the English Department, The Madeira School

 

PROGRAMS

THE ILIAD: BOOK I (high school, university and adult)

A 60 minute Assembly Performance of Book I of Homer’s The Iliad in storytelling fashion. View quick highlights of an Iliad performance here:

 

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THE ODYSSEY: BELLY OF THE BEAST

A 60-70 minute Assembly Performance of Part I of The Odyssey.

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THE ODYSSEY: AN EPIC TELLING (appx. 4 hours) performed over 3 days

(two 45-minute performances each day) in a residency visit with mythology workshops.

Ask for details!

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YOUNG HERCULES: THE LEGENDARY BULLY

Odds Bodkin’s Myth of Hercules performed in a 50-minute version with a 10-minute Q&A followup.

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RUGGED TALES OF COMPASSION

Yudisthira at Kailasa’s Gate: A Hindu Tale from The Mahabharata

The Boys and the Frogs: An Aesop’s Fable

1 hour including Q&A followup.

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SPECIAL PROGRAM: ThinAirMusic©

For schools with iPads with Garage Band software, students learn to create digital music and sound effects to score a story. A 3-day residency program. Watch the video below:

 

SPECIAL PROGRAM: StoryScience

How far have we come in knowing about the Earth? This program combines a spoken story with music––Fall of the Titans (Hesiod’s Theogony)––with a multimedia follow-up presentation about modern Earth science. Special attention is paid to the dynamics of climate change.

Watch a video about StoryScience: