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Phillips Exeter Academy Hosts Epic Storyteller Odds Bodkin Performing Young Hercules: The Legendary Bully

The story of Young Hercules: The Legendary Bully

Epic storyteller Odds Bodkin

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Exeter, NH—Phillips Exeter Academy will host a visit by well-known local storyteller Odds Bodkin in his performance of Young Hercules: The Legendary Bully. The character Hercules tells his own story of a rugged life and how as a bully, he learns empathy. The performance will be held on Tuesday, January 17, 2012, 7 p.m., in the Class of 1945 Academy Library's Rockefeller Hall. Following the evening performance, Bodkin will lead a discussion with the audience on civility and empathy. The performance, suitable for middle school students and older, is sponsored by the Ellis "Anvil" Storytelling Fund, and is free and open to the public.

Described by The New York Times as "a consummate storyteller," Bodkin has previously brought his performances of The Odyssey and The Iliad: Book 1 to Phillips Exeter Academy. Young Hercules: The Legendary Bully will be added to another of Bodkin's programs, Golden Rule:  A Middle and High School Performance, instructing students on his Socratic approach to civility in schools.

Using his unique skills of telling stories with hundreds of character voices, vocal effects and live, muse-inspired music, Bodkin has entertained audiences of all ages for 30 years. He has performed at the White House, Washington, D.C.; Lincoln Center, New York, NY; and in schools, museums, universities and festivals across America. Bodkin has served as artist-in-residence at Emerson College in the United Kingdom, and performed at the International Storytelling Center in Jonesborough, TN. He has performed or taught at numerous colleges and universities, including Harvard University, Syracuse University, Dartmouth College, Boston University, Ohio Dominican University and St. Anselm College. For seven years, he taught storytelling and mythology at Antioch University New England, and continues to lead storytelling workshops. Bodkin is renowned for his epic mythological tales—The Odyssey, Beowulf, The Rage of Hercules— while also creating a warm and
friendly atmosphere for young audiences. 

Bodkin is the recipient of: Parents' Choice awards; Storytelling World awards; the Dove Foundation award; Booklist's Editors' Choice award; the New York Public Library's "100 Best Titles for Reading and Sharing" award; The Children's Music Web Award; AudioWorld's Golden Headset Award; and the Tribune Media Services' Best Storytelling Award.

For further information, contact Academy Librarian Gail Scanlon at 603-777-3328, or visit the library's webpage for a complete listing of upcoming events. A list of upcoming public events is also available on the Phillips Exeter Academy public events line at 603-777-4309 and on our website's Community Calendar. To learn more about the Academy, visit our website; for directions, call 603-777-4330.