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An up-to-date Robin Hood

Anonymous • May 12, 2015 at 6:28 PM

WHAT: “Hood: A Robin Hood Tale”

WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 2:30 p.m. Sun.

WHERE: McBride Auditorium, BGSU Firelands, Huron

COST: $9 for adults, $7 for seniors and $5 for students

INFO: 419-433-5560 ext. 20747 or 419-372-0747

By Lori Demres

Caryl Crane Children’s Theatre’s first production for its 24th season will be the North American premier of “Hood: A Robin Hood Tale” by Geoff Bamber.

“I spoke with the author and he helped update the language, make contemporary references and Americanize it,” said Brian Marshall, director of “Hood.” “It’s a play with music but not necessarily a musical. A fantasy. A mixture. A creative mess that’s so much fun.”

For those not familiar with the man, the myth, the legend of Robin Hood, the story dates back to medieval times and varies on some points such as whether Robin Hood was a commoner or an aristocrat whose lands were wrongfully taken from him. The common thread is that he “robs from the rich and gives to the poor” thereby elevating him from common thief to hero.

This particular tale is told as if kids today were telling it, complete with references to movies made about Robin Hood and even Facebook. Cody Noon portrays Robin Hood with Molly Wilson playing Maid Marian. The evil Sheriff Nottingham will be played by Christopher Bursley and a slight variation on the usual character of Little John will be Jarod Mariani in the role of Long John.

Marshall says he’s just along for the ride as he gave the children 100% freedom to create the show and play the characters the way they wanted, calling them “an ingeniously creative group.” He added, “It’s a play for children of all ages and children at heart.”

As the newly appointed Artistic Director of Caryl Crane Children’s Theatre, Marshall will be conducting some workshops in September for children who are interested in developing their theatre skills. There are two fall projects ready to go. The first, “Showtime!” is for those who want to hone their acting, stage movement and character development culminating in a brand new theatrical work to be performed at the conclusion of the workshop. “Musical Theatre Jam!” is for children interested in developing skills and techniques specifically for musical theatre combining vocal/singing production, dance combination and character development.

In the spring Caryl Crane Children’s Theatre will be bringing the fantastic musical “Children’s Letters to God” to Huron. Twelve children coping with normal life and trying to figure out the bigger picture taken from real letters children all over the world have written to God.

“Hood: A Robin Hood Tale” will take place at the McBride Auditorium, BGSU Firelands on September 10-11 at 7:30 p.m. and September 12 at 2:30 p.m. Tickets go on sale Tues. September 7 at 1 p.m. and can be obtained by calling 419-433-5560 ext. 20747 or 419-372-0747. Prices are $9 for adults, $7 for seniors and $5 for students.

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