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Whidbey Children’s Theater brings on the adventure

Tessa Sherman as Young Jack, Jameson Cook as Robin Hood and Coel Cable as the Sheriff of Nottingham rehearse a scene from “Robin Hood” which opens at Whidbey Children’s Theater next week. - Photo courtesy of WCT
Tessa Sherman as Young Jack, Jameson Cook as Robin Hood and Coel Cable as the Sheriff of Nottingham rehearse a scene from “Robin Hood” which opens at Whidbey Children’s Theater next week.
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Robin Hood is not truly dead as long as someone tells the tale of the bodacious outlaw of Sherwood Forest.

Whidbey Children’s Theater keeps the legend alive and revives the action-packed “Robin Hood” on its Langley stage for a two-weekend run opening July 9.

Join the outlaw Robin Hood, the expert marksman of bow and arrow, and his band of merry men in this excellent adventure the whole family can enjoy.

The English legend of Robin Hood has been going strong for more than 600 years. Derived from ballads as old as the 13th century, the stories associated with him are numerous, and scholars have been trying to decipher his story for decades.

But one of the most popular interpretations goes something like this: There’s trouble in the County of Nottingham, England as the wicked Prince John has taken charge of the kingdom, while the people’s beloved King Richard the Lionheart fights the war of the Crusades.

Robin Hood, here played by Jameson Cook, has his sword at the ready as he seeks to help the poor and destitute while keeping the corrupt sheriff (Coel Cable) at bay and defeating him at his wily game.

Robin rescues his childhood sweetheart, the sweet Maid Marian (Alli Graeser) from the evil Lady Merle of Cornwall (Tori Forster), while he secures Nottingham for King Richard’s return.

“Robin Hood” may be familiar to local audiences.

This is the 21st consecutive year that Martha Murphy has directed a children’s show in conjunction with Choochokam Arts festival, and her second time directing “Robin Hood.”

The production is part of the company’s Summer Drama Program.

“I chose to do a non-musical for our Production Workshop to attract more boys,” Murphy said. “And we did! I have an enthusiastic cast of 26 boys and girls and a great production team.”

Everybody likes a good fight and this cast is especially enjoying the show for its stage-combat scenes, she said.

Murphy said she is particularly grateful to have producer Cait Cassee, whom Murphy said has done an excellent job keeping cast, crew and parents organized.

She also credits the exquisite eye of costumer Valerie Johnson, with crucial help from the Waldorf School and Studio East in Kirkland, with giving the show it’s beautiful look by way of its costumes, set and props.

But besides looking great, this play presents all those familiar and favorite characters of the Robin Hood stories, including Little John (Alex French), Will Scarlet (Max Griswald), Young Jack (Tessa Sherman), and Friar Tuck (Liam Sherman).

It also introduces audiences to a new band of characters such as Beth (Sarafina Durr), Sarah (Miranda Cassee) and Meg (Lillie Walsh). Joining the cast are the children of the “Greenwood” played by Hannah Kennedy, Jodi Forster, Estlin Coates and Emma Gibson. The Sheriff’s social-climbing wife is played by Alyssa Woodbury, with Skye Maguire as his “not too bright” daughter. Other cast members include the swashbuckling soldiers of Nottingham who are Christopher Anderson, Nicholas Johnson, Connor Ryan, Sawyer Mauk and Callum Cassee, and the maiden servants played by Caitlin Zarisis, Juliana Larsen-Wickman, Grace Callahan and Mackenna Kelly.

The two-act, 90-minute comedy for all ages includes one intermission. Handmade Robin Hood hats and Maid Marian flower wreaths will be on sale during the run of the show.

“Robin Hood” performances are at 7:30 p.m. Friday, July 9 and July 16; 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday, July 10; 3 p.m. Saturday, July 17; and 3 p.m. Sunday, July 11 and July 18.

For advance tickets, call 221-2282. Visit www.WCTonline.com for information about summer classes, workshops and productions, or call 221-8707.

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