Swinging into Action with Robin Hood
|VIP Seating at tech rehearsal|
ROBIN: He robs from the rich to give to the poor. As a rich person, I can see how you'd find that threatening. But the poor call it justice.
|Studying up on airline safety|
My baby assistant and I came in a few days before opening, so I got the chance to do some script tweaks and watch the show come together. So much of this piece is physical, there are zip line passes and staff fights and sword fights, and it was immensely helpful to be able to see the action in order to craft some good action one lines, and some groan worthy ones too.
For example, in the final battle between Robin and the Sheriff, Robin Hood finds an axe in the bushes discarded from a previous scene. "Ah!" he says. "Just what I axed for!"
COMEDY GOLD YOU GUYS!! REGIONAL TONY PLEASE.
But seriously, that dumb axe joke made me inordinately happy, and the mix of appreciation, groans, and appreciative groans that greeted it in performance was immensely satisfying.
|The Kiddo was impressed by our swashbuckling ladies|
The Kiddo, who has liked stage violence since she was in the womb (she kicked along with the cannons in Hamilton), was instantly captivated by the fight call, standing at the very edge of her Pack'n'Play, hanging on their every move.
|Not so sure about this Sheriff of Nottingham|
My favorite part of writing for young audiences is watching them watch the show. The Playhouse often lays out blankets at the front of their seating banks for the kiddos to huddle up on, and I always try to sit as close as I can so I can listen in. I remember how voraciously I devoured stories at that age, and I fell so privileged to get to tell those stories. This adaptation in particular is one that I'm really proud of, and I think its message of justice being doing right by your fellow human being feels like an important story to tell kids.
The fact that it's told with humor and fun and adventure and sweet badass sword fights is just extra delicious icing on the cake. The second show, I was behind a maybe eight year old boy who left his seat literally vibrating with excitement. "It was awesome! It was so awesome!!" he squealed. "This the BESSSTTT!!" You can't get much better feedback than that.
MARIAN: They say I won’t do anything because I am a good girl. But a good person does what is right, not what is easy. I have to listen to my heart. That is where you tell me what is right. And what is right is to stand up and be brave. To protect my fellow human beings. To save Scarlet from the executioner’s block. I have to find Robin Hood!
|Kudos Apprentice Company!|