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Robin Hood Hits Its Target

Amusing play is a huge hit and provides lots of laughs
Chris Tone
Robin Hood and his merry men meet the Sheriff of Nottingham and Maid Marian in Sherwood Forest. Left to right is Ellie Palmer as Maid Marian, Shaun Furr as the sheriff, Michael Allred as Robin Hood, Cooper Dujardin as Little John, Teagan Veile as Alan Adale, Liam Pettit as Friar Tuck, Ella Jackson as Will Scarlet, and Leea Beeker as the stage manager.

The Frederick theater department recently put on The Somewhat True Tale of Robin Hood, a humorous play recounting the timeless tale of the classic hero. The play was directed by Chris Parr and starred senior Michael Allred as the titular character, as well as senior Leea Beeker, junior Ellie Palmer, and junior Shaun Furr, with junior Mia Salas student directing.

The play begins in Sherwood Forest, where Robin laments about not being able to marry the beautiful Maid Marian. Suddenly the stage manager appears onstage, and flashes back to the beginning of the story, where Robin meets Marian in the forest, where she is accompanied by the infamous Sheriff of Nottingham. When the sheriff finds out about Robin’s wish to marry Marian, he (claiming to be the best archer in the land) holds an archery competition for everyone in the land, stating that the victor wins the hand of Marian. At one point, after attempting to visit Marian at the castle, Robin is caught by Prince John and the sheriff and gets trapped in the Dungeon of Demise, but with the help of his merry men and their trusty spoons he is able to escape. 

The sheriff (Shaun Furr) and Prince John (Sean Hott) visit Robin Hood (Michael Allred) in the Dungeon of Demise.

Unfortunately for Robin, the sheriff finds out that he is the best archer in the land. Not wanting Robin to win, the sheriff changes it into a bowling competition. As the stage manager thinks of ways to sneak Robin into the competition without arousing suspicion, she reveals that she is actually the best bowler in the land, and decides to teach Robin so he can win the competition. When the competition arrives, Robin shows up in a disguise. He and the sheriff are tied for most of the competition; however, eventually Robin wins and reveals himself to accept Maid Marians’ hand in marriage. Prince John and the sheriff try to capture him, but with the help of the stage manager and her ability to move quickly from scene to scene, the group receives a decree from Prince John’s older brother, King Richard, stating that the sheriff is to be banished from the land, and that Prince John is to rule no longer. Robin and Marian get married and live happily ever after. 

Robin (Michael Allred) and Maid Marian (Ellie Palmer) share a kiss at their wedding, where they begin their happily ever after.

The show was very humorous and entertaining. It was clear that the actors and technicians put in a lot of work and effort into this show and their talent shone through. There were also some funny Easter eggs in the show, including nods to the theater departments’ other shows from this school year (A Chorus Line in October of 2023 and the upcoming show, Mamma Mia, which will be in April of this year). Overall it was an entertaining, family friendly show that had the audience laughing throughout. 

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Isabel Howell
Isabel Howell, Staff Writer
Isabel is a senior at FHS who is new to the Lantern staff. Isabel is one of the Frederick High thespian officers as well as a member of the Varsity Blue show choir and the Town of Frederick Youth Commission. When not performing onstage, singing, or writing, Isabel loves to spend time with friends and family, spend time outside, shop, and try new makeup looks. After high school, she plans to attend a four-year college in Utah to pursue a major related to communications or writing.

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