Each year for the past three years, I have found myself compelled to partake in the second job joy of costuming my amazing boy Zoran’s school play. This year, in which my little man is playing the lead role of Odysseus in The Odyssey, was no different. Next year he’ll be off in middle school and it will all shift – this is my last chance to design costumes for these sweet little kiddos, all full of wonder and innocent wildness.

I have always loved Greek mythology, and Homer’s The Odyssey, which I read in college, was no exception. This version, of course, adapted into a musical for 8-10 year olds, is a much-simplified version. But that’s the wonderful thing about mythological archetypes – they hold up so well even when distilled down to their essence.


The Royal Family: Odysseus, Penelope and Telemachus


The Feuding Gods: Athena and Poseidon


The Enchantress' Island: Circe, Handmaid Violet/Rosemary, and a Pig


The Cyclops' Animals: Sheep, Goat and Cow


The Royals' Servants: Eurycleia, Melanthius and Eumaeus


From the Journey: Sea Creature, Siren, Hermes


Penelope's Suitors, Odysseus in Disguise, Sailor


Aeolus, Keeper of the Winds, and the Four Winds

2 Responses to “Odysseybramble”
  1. Tracy Malone says:

    These costumes are amazing! MY 5th grader is also doing The Odyssey but we won’t have anything this fab! Any tips since I am in charge of costumes?

    • Naomi says:

      Thanks Tracy! Draped chiton/toga-style fabric works well. Sewing is actually pretty simple for those pieces. One thing I always do when developing costumes is create a color palette that links related characters together. For example, I had Odysseus, Penelope and Telemachus all wearing the same general colors. Good luck and have fun – I know how much work costume coordinating for kids’ productions can be! :)

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