GSHS takes a stab at merry Sherwood Forest
Little did King Richard know, when he left his kingdom in the hands of King John while he went off to fight in the Crusades, what a mess King John would make of his kingdom.
But when Robin Hood and his band of merry women start robbing from the rich to give to the poor, things go from bad to worse to hilarious.
It all happens when the Glenwood Springs High School drama students present “Legend of Robin Hood … Sort of,” a comedy spoof about England’s most famous bandit. The play is performed, loosely, in the spirit of “Robin Hood: Men in Tights.”
It’s a little-known fact that the Hood was a bit of a klutz. As a child he practiced with a bow and violin, rather than a bow and arrow, and he fought the injustices laid upon the kingdom by greedy King John with a band of merry women, also known as the Minute Maids. What do you expect when you send Little John to do the recruiting?! Even Deputy Fife finds his way into this uproarious adaptation.
Be prepared for twists and turns, and even a few surprises, as Robin stumbles his way to knighthood and wins the hand of the fair and level-headed Marian.
“The (Drama II) students have given so much time and have been involved in every way” in this production, said producer/director, Gayla Rowe-Gaddis.
“They’ve really had a voice” in all aspects of bringing this play to the stage, from the selection of the play to customizing scenes and characters to suit their own character.”
With so many after-school options for students (seven sports are offered at one time or another from the time rehearsals began to the final performance), Rowe-Gaddis was pleased that the production attracted such a talented and diverse cast and stage crew.
The cast includes Paul Dykema as King John, Kalani Stone as Robin Hood, Tara Flanagan as Marian, Douglas Reynolds as Maid to Marian, Ryan Erickson as Little John, Rusty Slater as Friar, Christi Slater as Witch Waye, Ashley Elshoff as Annie, Sarah Shepard as Frieda, Mija Holzmann as Sue, Fallon Voorheis as Kate, Billy Trejo as Sheriff of Nottingham, Mitch Trebesh as Deputy Fife, Lark Doxey as Seller No. 1, German Gil as Seller No. 2, and Cody Beckius as King Richard.
Stage and lighting crew includes Chance Williams, Stephanie Winkler, Jennifer Odom, Judah Stauffer, Aston Schaub and Ryan Bolitho.
T-shirts, featuring the production’s original design, created by GSHS senior Lark Doxey, will be available for $10. Shirts include the names of the entire cast and crew.
Early arrival is recommended. Refreshments will be served at intermission.
The performance coincides with the opening nights of the 13th annual All Glenwood Kids Fine Art Celebration.
Glenwood Springs High School Drama students
“Legend of Robin Hood … Sort of,” a comedy spoof about England’s most famous bandit
7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, May 3 and 4
Glenwood Springs High School auditorium
$6 for adults and $4 for seniors, students and children, and available at the Mountain Peddler, 821 Grand Ave., at the school, and at the door prior to each performance
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