May 20, 2023
By Janice Phelan
Communications and Marketing University of Central Missouri-Missouri Innovation Campus
Entering its 39th season of live children’s touring theatre productions, University of Central Missouri (UCM) Repertory Theatre (CMR) will present “Robin Hood” by Kathryn Schultz Miller at numerous locations throughout West Central Missouri in late May and early June. This includes a free, public performance in Warrensburg at the Highlander Theatre on the UCM campus at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 28, as well as performances at venues in the communities of Clinton, Lee’s Summit, Richmond, Rocky Mount, and Sedalia on a touring schedule that begins May 25 and ends June 8.
A production for all ages and great family entertainment, “Robin Hood” is directed by Dr. Aaron Scully, assistant professor of theatre in the Division of Theatre and Dance at UCM. This play is a rollicking, hilarious and fast-paced children’s version of the classic tale of “Robin Hood.” Robin and his band of merry men are stealing from the rich to give to the poor when Robin finds out the Sheriff of Nottingham has locked his one true love, Maid Marian, in the dreaded tower. Robin then sets out to save Maid Marian, and along the way meets a slew of interesting characters, including his best friend, the giant Little John. The audience will follow Robin Hood’s journey as he teams with good and battles evil on his quest for love.
When asked about the production, Scully stated, “This play is so entertaining – it’s really written well – it moves really fast, with lots of good jokes, physical comedy and audience interaction. We are having a great time in rehearsals. The characters are familiar but each have specific personalities so the actors are having a blast exploring (the characters). Kids and parents alike will really enjoy this production – it’ll be a great way to kick off the summer!”
“Robin Hood” will be on tour presenting a public performance on May 31, Legacy Park Amphitheatre in Lee’s Summit – free admission (performance at 10:30 a.m.).
The company includes: Riley Given as Robin Hood/Beggar/Jester, Shanna Sinow as Maid Marian/Friar Tuck and Jace Nielsen as Little John/Prince/Monk/King Richard/Guard. Dr. Scully is the director/production manager/producer/marketing director; Grace Clark, stage manager; Dalima Kapten, scenic/props designer/technical director; Hollie Neumann, costume/hair/makeup designer, and Jamie Gresens, sound designer.
The performance is made possible by a generous donation from the Wetzel Family Foundation, a grant from the Missouri Arts Council, and UCM Theatre and Dance. Special thanks to UCM Theatre and Dance Chair Ashley Miller-Scully for her support.
The show is family-friendly and for all ages. The production includes some fight sequences. There is also optional audience interaction and/or participation. For more information, contact Dr. Aaron Scully at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the UCM Theatre and Dance office at 660-543-4020.