Medusa, at the 2018 Family Fringe
Mike's Brass was back at the Fringe with our signature dance+live brass music+spoken word, this time telling the myth of Medusa through dance + live brass music + spoken word (and a few puppets).
Rachael, who played Medusa, was born with a condition known as Amniotic-Band Syndrome: while still in the womb her hands got tangled in the amniotic bands, which stunted their growth. ABS looks drastically different depending on the person, and depending on how the bands wrap around fetus. It can cause cleft palates, missing limbs, and even miscarriage.
Rachael has lived like this her whole life and has known nothing else, and doesn't feel like she's missing anything. For her, this is normal and she wouldn't have it any other way.
In our family friendly interpretation of the Medusa story Rachael's hands became Medusa's snakes. We explore the difference between inner beauty and outer beauty and what Medusa's transformation means. Why does different have to equal bad?
Director: Carin Bratlie Wethern
Choreographer: Danielle Ricci
Stage manager: Clara Costello
Medusa: Rachael Schlee
Perseus: David Pelletier Guire
Narrator and Puppeteer: Noe Tallen
Trumpet: Linda Dobberstein
Trumpet: Joshua Horn
French Horn: David Mills-Rittmann
Trombone: Collin Hough
Tuba: Carin Bratlie Wethern