Posted by: instanthausfrau | August 6, 2006

Robin Hood Aims True: Check out Sherwood Forest in Volunteer Park

Robin HoodSpent last night at Theater Schmeater’s Robin Hood in the park. Moon’s 20 months now, with a very active personality, so sitting through a whole show is an awful lot to ask. Luckily for us, the show is in Volunteer Park, home of a popular playground and wading pool. When the small one got too rambunctious, we walked down the hill to splash in the water and cool down.

The show has everything you’d want from a Robin Hood adaption: evil Sheriff of Nottingham (a show-stealing John McKenna), heroic and sneaky Robin Hood, Little John of the Strong Silence, a cross-cast singing Allan a Dale, heavy fighting and drinking Friar Tuck, and a strong willed Maid Marian. The violence is mostly of the swash-and-buckle variety, making it very kid friendly, and although the show is free an ingenious hat passing gimmick is worked into the script.

So, lather up your sunscreen, pack your picnic, and head out to volunteer park for free summer theater at its kid-friendly finest. Robin Hood runs today at 4:00pm, skips a weekend, then runs for two more. And if you have an actor on your hands who dreams of the glories of doing summer theater themselves, you can share this great behind-the-scenes look at the making of this summer-stock production: On With the Show!

Theater Schmeater’s Robin Hood
Volunteer Park (in the field next to the Conservatory)
Free, but donations are gratefully accepted and kids love the chance to give money to Mr. Hood himself.

Sunday, August 6, 4:00pm

Friday, August 18, 6:30pm
Saturday, August 19, 4:00pm
Sunday, August 20, 4:00pm

Friday, August 25, 6:30pm
Saturday, August 26, 4:00pm

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