Hillsboro Middle High School will present “Robin Hood” as its theatrical production for spring this Friday and Saturday in the school auditorium.
This version of the familiar tale, written by Larry Blamire, has synthesized the conflicting legends and ballads about the outlaw folk hero and created a hysterical, sprawling, action-packed drama.
The curtain will rise at 7 p.m. for both performances. General admission will be $5 per ticket. They can be purchased at the door or online in advance by going to firstname.lastname@example.org
Director Leah Rose said the familiarity of the story also makes it challenging for the cast.
“Because Robin Hood is folklore, there’s so many production of it,” Rose said. “Some of the traditional characters you’ll see is what you expect, some of them are a little a different and we’ll have some characters that people haven’t really heard of before.”
Rose characterized the tenor of the production as “hugging the middle between comedy and adventure.”
“We have a lot of fight scenes and combat,” she said. “Some of the themes are more serious in some ways, like people robbing from the poor with high taxes, and trying to redeem that. But there’s a lot of comedic lines, too. It’s a fun show.”
Senior Dakota Klein, cast as Robin Hood, hopes to bring his own interpretation to the lead role.
“Because it’s such a generic character, it’s hard to breathe life into something that’s been done so many times with no real way set to do a certain character. I’m trying to make it more goofy.”
Senior Jenna Hinerman will play Marian Harper, the female lead role.
“My character seems to be somebody who’s always really serious,” she said. “In real life I don’t always tend to be super serious, so it’s an interesting way to try and make that a character and not just me being bored, because it feels like that’s how I play it.”
The two leads said they hope the audience will leave the performance having laughed a lot, but mostly that they enjoyed the production.
“This isn’t a super thought-provoking play, but it’s very funny,” Hinerman said. “There’s some action in it and some issues that get solved by the end of it.”
Following are the play’s characters and the cast members who will play them: Will Gamwell (Scarlet), Tucker Moss; Robin Hood, Dakota Klein; Marian Harper, Jenna Hinerman; Riccon Hazel, Sharisse Thiessen; Sheriff of Nottingham, Dylan Wiens; Bishop of Hereford, Jacob Isaac; Hilton, the Sheriff’s female attendant, Dani Klein; King John, Bryce Rader; Little John, Jaden Priest; Much, Taryah Miller; Arthur-a-Bland, Henry Hein; Meg Scathelocke, Maddie Suderman, Alan-a-Dale, Aidan Unruh; Ellen Deirwold, Kyla Isaac; Eadom, Ethan Plenert; Catherine, Sarah Paulus; Queen Eleanor of Aquitane, Callie Arnold, Friar Tuck, Kayla Gunn; Prioress of Kirkless, Breanna Dittert; Guy of Gisbourne, Sonja Jost; three foresters, Kailee Funk, Dani Klein and Ethan Plenert; musicians, Taryah Miller, Sarah Paulus.