They're outlaws but they're full of fun and do a lot of singing and dancing. The merry men of Sherwood Forest, led by Robin Hood, lead Bad King John, the Sheriff of Nottingham and Sir Weasel on a merry chase but it's the lovely Maid Marion who foils the baddies.
There are many legends of Robin Hood and this pantomime at the Independent Theatre at Eumundi takes a bit from all of them. It's great fun for the whole family and from young, young kids to grandparents Robin Hood will keep you entertained.
The colour and spectacle of this bubbling show makes it standout holiday fare and it's on at 7pm Friday and Saturday 13th,14th and 2pm Sunday 15th plus the same times for the weekend 20th,21st, 22nd.
All tickets for all ages are just $10. Book 10 and pay only $9 each.
The show, including interval, runs approximately an hour-and-a-half and it's table seating in the air-conditioned auditorium. There's a licensed bar and a coffee-shop.
Tickets will be on sale at the door but it's best to book. 5472 8200
A substantial donation from the proceeds of the show will be made to the Sunshine Coast Special Schools at Nambour and Currimundi.
Graphics to the right:
1. Robin (Jenny Bundy) proposes to the beautiful Maid Marion (Calyce Bennetts)
2. Traditional maypole at the village fair before the jousting and archery contests.
3. "Fight me". Little John (Georgia Lee Leslie) challenges Deep Fryer Tuck (Ashley TUGBOAT Robinson)
4. Robin's band of merry men.
At the height of this holiday season you have to expect the odd rehearsal where a few cast members aren't around. So it was the week before Christmas with some of Robin Hood's merry men obviously off shopping in Nottingham. With depleted adults but a full-strength young brigade one incident got a huge laugh.
Sunshine Coast Daily Columnist, Ashley Tugboat Robinson (alias Deep Fryer Tuck), was trudging through Sherwood Forest trying to sell his cheap deerburgers "I don't actually make them out of deer - I use deer substitutes", when there was a call for lines to be said to Ashley by four of the absent adult actors. Before I could stand-in and read them out, the six young members, all under twelve, delivered them in unison, word perfect without scripts. It was an object lesson in what wonderful sponges young folk can be, absorbing not only their own parts but everyone else's. The cast broke up with laughter.
The whole cast will be back together next week for final rehearsals. Jenny Bundy (Robin Hood) will be back from a quick Christmas holiday in New York, Calyce Bennetts (Maid Marion) used the brief break in preparation of taking up her Musical Theatre course in Mackay and choreographer and MD Gloria Gray will return from a Xmas cruise.
The pantomime Robin Hood opens at The Indee at Eumundi on Friday, January 13 for a two-weekend run. Shows are at 7.30 on both Fridays and Saturdays (13,14,20,21) and there are matinees at two o'clock on both Sundays (15,22).
Robin Hood will decidedly appeal to the younger brigade but should prove really entertaining for the oldies as well. MD Gloria Gray has put in plenty of songs and dance and there's lots of fun and adventure as Robin and the merry men battle Bad King John (Debbie Pitura), the Sheriff of Nottingham (Carly Partridge) and cowardly knight, Sir Weasel (Jim McDonald).
When Robin is declared an outlaw he joins the men of Sherwood and after a battle for leadership with Little John, played by six years old, tiny Georgia Lee Leslie, he takes the merry men to Nottingham Fair where, in disguise as John of Oz, he wins a prize of the king's gold but is discovered and chased.
In the deep forest Little John comes up with a plan to all dress as ghosts and frighten Bad King John. It has a happy ending as all pantomimes do.
Tickets for Robin Hood are $10 or tables of 10 - $90. Call 5472 8200.
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