The hearty laughter of Robin Hood and his Merry Band will sweep through the trees of Sherwood Forest (temporarily transplanted to Sleepy Eye) this weekend, as 49 local children take the stage along with two professional actors in Prairie Fire Children’s Theatre’s original musical production of “Robin Hood.”
“Robin Hood,” with original script and music by Daniel Nordquist, continues Prairie Fire Children’s Theatre’s tradition of presenting classic tales as you’ve never seen them done before. Though set traditionally in the 12th century, complete with Fairies and Gnomes, Prairie Fire’s version features the Sheriff of Nottingham as a man ahead of his time – way ahead – eight centuries ahead in fact.
“Robin Hood” features set and costume design by Deborah Pick.
He is a visionary, and in his vision he sees the trees of Sherwood Forest gone, and in their place stand “Sherwood Theme Park” and “The Mall of Nottingham.” In his way stands the environmentally conscious outlaw, Robin Hood.
The local cast features
Robin Hood – Isaac Nelson
Maid Marian – Maleah Berry
Mother – Anna St. Peter
Little John – Jim St. Peter
Friar Tuck – Austin Wendinger
Will Scarlet – Kadon Strong
Cook Henny – Kalli Christensen
Rimshot – Julia Helget
Prince John – Landon Strong
Anabel – Maddie Hose
Jezebel – Callie Bohnen
Wilhelmina – Abby St Peter
Ariel – Emma Currans
Juliette – Leah Miller
The Merry Band: John Miller, Jaden Oglesby, Presley Dockter, Kenadi Steffl, Lorena Butler, Hannah Pelzel, Piper Mangen, McKenna Dockter, Brienna Barnes
Fairies: Isabella Hoffmann, Kallie Zarn, Meriden Andres, Abigail Schwartz, Gabby Helget, Kelsie Kosak, Sydney Windschitl, Katelyn Rutscher, Abbie Riederer, Alyssa Romberg, Morgan, Klein, Lauren Hoffmann, Lexanna Lazatin
Gnomes: Isaac Huiras, Zach Riederer, Jacob Stevens, Kaleb Wait, CJ Surprenant
Deputies: McKenna Strong, Hali Soukup, Paige Romberg, Megan Kelley, Regina Surprenant, McKenzie Hoffmann, Abby Johnson, Sarah Reinarts
Prairie Fire Theatre professionals Samantha Gardner and Bryan Farthing will co-direct and play the roles of Flora, The Queen of the Fairies, and The Sheriff of Nottingham. Samantha comes from Harrisonburg, Va. She has earned a degree in Theatre and Dance with a concentration in Musical Theatre and a History Minor.
She recently taught dance for ages 5-17 at Rhythm Dance Crew in Michigan.
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Bryan is originally from Annapolis, Md., and earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree from Alfred University in New York. He was the Bumbling Hypnotist in “Sleeping Beauty” when it was in Sleepy Eye in 2012. He has been on tour this past year.
Performances are scheduled for Friday, June 7, 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, June 8, 10 a.m. at the Sleepy Eye High School Auditorium.
Tickets for the performance are available at the door one hour before show time.
This week long Prairie Fire Children’s Theatre residency is being sponsored by Sleepy Eye Community Education. This activity is made possible by a grant provided by the Prairie Lakes Regional Arts Council from funds appropriated by the Minnesota State Legislature.