People never get tired of Robin Hood tales. But was there really a charming outlaw by that name who robbed from the rich and gave to the poor?
Todd Westendorf and his team of Chiawana High School actors don't care whether Robin Hood is more legend than fact. They just like giving the 14th century character a sense of humor.
The school will present the comedy, The Legend of Robin Hood, starting at 7 p.m. March 23-24, 30-31 with a 1 p.m. matinee March 31. The play was written by Larry Blamire.
"I don't get the opportunity to direct comedy very often," Westendorf said. "I also think this script is unique in the way it deals with the traditional Robin Hood myth. There are new, unique characters and fresh approaches to the action of the story."
Jesse Beus plays the charismatic Robin, and Haley Weis is Maid Marian. But don't think for one second the lovely Marian needs any rescuing by Robin.
"I would not have wanted to direct the traditional story with Marian being the damsel in distress and Robin Hood the romantic hero," Westendorf said. "Instead, Marian is a perfectly capable swordswoman and Robin, though still a hero, is more witty than romantic."
Other key characters in the show include: Andre Garcia as the Sheriff of Nottingham; Delaney Rogers as Friar Tuck; Taylor Storaci as Will Scarlet; Zach Buhler as the bishop; Alexandra Cid as Queen Eleanor; and Ansley Gerhard as Ellen Deirwold.
Costumes were created by Verna Schwilke, and directing the fight choreography is Anna Newbury.
"Larry Blamire's Robin Hood follows the traditional story, except this one is a (campy) comedy version designed for teen actors," Westendorf said. "There's a lot of sword fighting, and Maid Marian turns out to be a better fencer than Robin Hood, which is one of the twists in the show."
Admission to the all ages show is $12 adults and $10 for students and seniors. Tickets at the door. The school is at 8125 W. Argent Road in Pasco.
*Dori O'Neal: 582-1514; firstname.lastname@example.org