St. Gregory’s play 'The Somewhat True Tale of Robin Hood' sure to be fun for the entire family
As part of St. Gregory’s University’s annual Theatre for Young Audiences program, the theatre department will stage The Somewhat True Tale of Robin Hood. The play will be a fun, cartoonish blend of Robin Hood and Monty Python specifically geared toward children, but also fun for the entire family.
The comedy, which is written by Mary Lynn Dobson, is full of audience interaction, allowing everyone in attendance to feel like they're part of the show. For Director of Theatre Carly Conklin, this script seemed perfect for this year’s young audience program.
“It’s just a really fun, very campy, super cheesy show,” Conklin said. “A lot of that is just the script and how playful it is and just how really one-sided and transparent the message is. We just laugh and laugh and laugh. And hopefully the audiences will laugh and laugh and laugh as well.”
After being a part of a children’s theatre production in the past, SGU senior Dillion Klaus, who plays Robin Hood, is looking forward to doing another show geared towards kids.
“It’s really just fun to do these shows for the kids,” Klaus said. “Their reactions make it really fun. It’s really nice to have this part and get to interact with them the whole show.”
A big part of the play is based on audience interaction, which Conklin stresses is crucial to the show’s atmosphere.
“It’s a lot of very physical comedy, lots of actors talking to the audience, and the audience needs to respond,” she said. “There patterns set up from the beginning so that every time this one phrase is said, the merry men respond. It’s important for the audiences to know that they can respond as well, and say ‘boo hiss, boo hiss’ or ‘yay’ when a good guy comes.”
Kjersti King, a senior at St. Gregory’s who plays Lady Marion in the show, said she thinks children will really enjoy interacting with the actors on stage.
“I think [the kids] will like that they get to boo and hiss,” King said. “They always really like the bad guys.”
Performances of The Somewhat True Tale of Robin Hood will take place February 13 - 15 at 8 p.m. and February 16 at 3 p.m. at Sarkeys Performing Arts Center on the St. Gregory’s campus. The runtime is approximately 75 minutes.
Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for students and $5 for children and can be purchased one hour prior to each performance at the box office located in the theatre lobby or online at Brown Paper Tickets.