The Legend of Finn McCool
06/14/2023 7:30 PM to 8:30 PM
CL Critic Kevin C. Madigan Recommends: Billing itself as “Atlanta’s Stage for Celtic Culture,” the Aris Theatre company is presenting an original work this month by co-founder Rob Shaw-Smith, to be staged at the Academy Theatre in Hapeville. The new, family-friendly musical tells the story of an Irish giant, McCool, who challenges his nemesis, a Scottish giant named Benandonner, to a slanging match at which much invective will be hurled. To fulfill the deed and confront his adversary, McCool must first build a path across the Irish Sea in order to reach Scotland. “What follows next is the stuff of legend and laughter,” the producers tell us. “Shaw-Smith has taken something ancient and legendary, and dolled it up with music and humor that will have audiences tapping their toes and splitting their sides.” Zac Phelps, Marietta Theatre Company’s founding artistic director, plays McCool; Benandonner is played by Jordan Mitchell; Rivka Levin, Elizabeth Hammontree, and Faina Khibkin are in supporting roles. — KCM
From the venue:Arís celebrates ten years of staging celtic theatre with an all new, all original, mythical, magical, musical comedy: The Legend of Finn McCool, written and composed by Arís co-founder Rob Shaw-Smith. From the mists of Time, where History and Legend dance a dance of wonder and joy, comes a giant of an Irish tale. See how Irish giant Finn McCool challenged and saw off the Scottish monster Benandonner, and see exactly how the Giant’s Causeway came to be one of the wonders of the natural world. An Arís original suitable for children 8 – 88!