Robin Hood will delight audiences this season
With the holiday season approaching, central Albertans are invited to join their family and friends at Robin Hood, RDC’s second theatrical performance of the season. The classic tale is a large-scale production, presented by students in the School of Creative Arts, and it will provide action and adventure for the whole family.
“We have a cast of 15 student actors who play 40 different parts,” explains Director Kevin McKendrick. “Every student plays one major role, as well as two to three smaller parts, so this is a tremendous learning opportunity for them.”
In preparation for the major undertaking of Robin Hood, students rehearse from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., six days per week, for the three weeks leading up to opening night. “For students, rehearsals become their classes, and they dedicate themselves to this production,” McKendrick says. “This replicates what happens in the professional world, so it’s a great way for them to learn these skills in a College setting.”
McKendrick notes that the actors learn other skills, such as stage combat using the quarter staff, broad swords and hand-to-hand combat, and all students also participate in archery training.
In addition to the performances on stage, the technical crew is an essential part of making the production a reality. “The students who are involved in the behind-the-scenes areas are a critical part of the team,” says McKendrick. “There are opportunities for special effects with the archery matches that take place, and the set and props are all exceptional, creating the world of Robin Hood.”
McKendrick, a guest director who is leading his third production at RDC, believes this will be a great play for audiences this season. “We’ll be using storytelling techniques that are crystal clear and great for family audiences,” he says. “Plus, Robin Hood is a rollicking good experience, as it’s a tale tested by time.”
Robin Hood is adapted by Ruth Smillie and is presented by RE/MAX.
Age Group: Families
Mainstage, Arts Centre
Evenings: November 24-26 & November 30 - December 3 | 7:30 pm
Matinees: November 26 & December 3 | 1:00 pm
School Matinees: November 30 & December 2 | 12:00 pm
Performances are suitable for all ages. Tickets are available online through the Black Knight Ticket Centre.
For complete details on the 2016-17 season, please visit School of Creative Arts Showtime.
- 30 -
For additional information contact:
Communications Consultant – Corporate
Stage Manager, School of Creative Arts