Richly Stolen & Poorly

Given by Liz Rollins

In early December the Auburn Middle School Drama Club brought to the stage, the classic horror, Dracula. This May, they will perform their second play of the year: the age-old tale of the man in tights, stealing from the rich of Nottingham to feed the poor of Sherwood Forest. That’s right, Robin Hood. However, this story has a twist; the script is an original script written by Liz Rollins, the director of music and theatre at AMS.

At one time or another everyone has heard the story of Robin Hood and his band of Merry Men. They steal from the rich to feed the poor, and Robin Hood battles for the hand of Maid Marian. Everyone knows the ‘original’ characters: the Sheriff of Nottingham, Will Scarlett, Little John, King Richard, of course, Robin of Loxley, but since the script is an original, there are some new characters added to this plot…and they make the story so much better. It is sure to be a treat for all!

Our actors here at AMS were put to the challenge of playing characters with British accents. Some, though not all, have done this before. Robin Hood is played by Nate Fairchild and Maid Marian is played by Hannah Martin. These two also worked together in our winter performance. Ben Armstrong and Brenna Rasmussen play Little John and his wife Agatha. Other classic characters are the Sheriff and Friar Tuck, who are played by Jordan Richmond and Alex Smith. One of the not so well known characters is Maudlin, the Witch of Papplewick; she is the real hero in this story, played by Melissa Brown. The character of Will Scarlett is played by Michael Weber…Beatles fans will like him…You’ll have to come meet the other characters for yourself!

The assistant director for this play is ELHS freshman, Natalie Bornstein and the stage manager is a current AMS student, Sir Samuel Lloyd Cullen VIII.

Though the cast and crew always has fun, a great performance always takes a lot of work! Almost everyday after school, the cast and crew meet until 5 p.m., sometimes even on weekends and school vacation. As part of our fun, we had a movie night where we watched three movies with British accents, including Robin Hood: Men In Tights! In between the movies, we all had the chance to participate in a traditional maypole dance. The whole day was really a Robin Hood “study guide” for the actors.

This play is going to surely be a treat for all audiences! It is a classic tale with a clever new twist. Keep a sharp ear for all the humorous lines – they’ll surely tickle your funny bone! You will just have to come see the play for yourself. The four performances will be in the AMS Theater on Thurs. & Fri., May 24 & 25 at 7 p.m., and Sat. the 26 at 2 p.m. & 7 p.m. For more information call 653-5325. Tickets are $5 at the door, but keep your money close, after all, Sherwood Forest is near and so is Robin Hood and his Merry Men.

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