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NOW BOOKING


THE LEGENDS OF SHERWOOD FOREST
COME TO LIFE IN THIS THRILLING
PRODUCTION FROM THE GRAIL THEATRE



We are delighted to bring one of our most popular plays to America
after over four hundred performances across Great Britain and Ireland.

"A WONDERFUL performance full of humor and action!"
Jamie Le Blanc, Principal, Liberty Elementary, Santa Maria, California

"All of your productions are so wonderful, we booked two in one year!"
Bronwyn Rafferty, Principal, Oakley Elementary, Santa Maria, California

"Another fantastic performance!"
Allan Pelletier, Principal, Ballard Elementary, Solvang, California

"FABULOUS! This is a HIGH-QUALITY ACT! So witty and engaging,
our children were on the edge of their seats!"
Ronald Ryan, PTA, John Dooley Elementary, Henderson, Nevada

"Our children LOVED this!"
Syed Hyder, Principal, Jurupa Vista Elementary, Fontana, California

"Another WONDERFUL performance!"
Chris Matthews, PTA, Kingsbury Elementary, Redlands, California

"WONDERFUL! The facial expressions in this production were AMAZING!
FANTASTIC!"
Karen Johnson, Principal, Decker Elementary, Las Vegas





RESOURCES

GENERAL THEME

The play presented is based on a myth or legend…
a story that may or may not be based on truth but that is repeated
throughout the ages so it becomes well-known.

SYNOPSIS OF THE PLAY

England late 12th century.


Greedy Norman overlord THE SHERIFF OF NOTTINGHAM is disturbed by prophecies
foretelling the coming of "The Hooded Man",
a mysterious outlaw who will inspire the poor to rise up against their oppressors.
The Sheriff rides into Sherwood forest to arrest anyone who might fit the bill.
In the wrong place at the wrong time are MUCH THE MILLER'S SON and ROBIN OF LOXLEY
who are taken to the SHERIFF'S dungeon.
In the dungeon they meet another prisoner WILL SCARLET
and come up with a plan to escape.
WILL and MUCH make it to safety but ROBIN is trapped and seeks refuge
in the chamber of MAID MARIAN, ward of the SHERIFF.
Instead of reporting him, MARIAN allows ROBIN to make his escape.
Back in the forest an exhausted ROBIN seeks his friends but is forced to give up and rest.
A spirit of the forest HERNE THE HUNTRESS appears and charges ROBIN
with leading the people in rebellion against the SHERIFF.
ROBIN wakes from his "dream" and vows to accept HERNE's mission.
He meets LITTLE JOHN and convinces him to join the rebels after an amusing "test of strength."
One more recruit makes the "Merry Men" complete, the continuously hungry FRIAR TUCK.
ROBIN dons a disguise to attend an archery tournament - the prize is the fabled "Sword of Albion",
the talismanic weapon of "the son of HERNE."
Unfortunately the SHERIFF sees through his disguise and ROBIN is imprisoned once again.
This time, MARIAN comes to his rescue.
ROBIN learns that the rest of his men have been captured and in another disguise
confronts the SHERIFF for the final showdown.


CHARACTERS IN THE PLAY

ROBIN OF LOXLEY: The hero of the story, a poor but good-hearted citizen.

MUCH: The miller's son, looked after by Robin.

THE SHERIFF OF NOTTINGHAM : The villainous Norman overlord.

THE HAG: an old crone living in the forest, rumored to be a witch.

MAID MARIAN: The Sheriff's ward.

WILL SCARLET: An outlaw imprisoned in the Sheriff's dungeon.

HERNE THE HUNTRESS: The spirit of the forest.

LITTLE JOHN: Robin's second-in-command.

FRIAR TUCK: A monk from Fountain's Abbey who joins Robin's merry band.

 

SOME DISCUSSION TOPICS FOR YOUR CHILDREN

What are myths and legends and why are they so popular?

What are the differences between life in medieval times and life today?

What are outlaws and why do we want them to succeed in this particular story?

What is your favorite character in this play and why?

Why does Robin wear a disguise in the play?

Why is the Sheriff of Nottingham so unpopular?


EXTERNAL LINKS

Robin Hood activities

http://www.ipaproductions.com/en/class_activities/robinhood-activities.html


Free Robin Hood Early Learning Resources

http://www.earlylearninghq.org.uk/stories/robin-hood/


A Beginner's Guide to Robin Hood

http://www.boldoutlaw.com/robbeg/


Medieval clothing, armour and weaponry

http://www.historyforkids.org/learn/medieval/clothing/index.htm

http://www.historyonthenet.com/Medieval_Life/clothing.htm


The code of Chivalry and Romance

http://www.medieval-life.net/chivalry.htm


Feudalism in the Middle Ages


(Thanks to Abby Brendese and the girls of the Teen Zone
of Jefferson District Library for this link.)

http://www.sofasandsectionals.com/feudalism-sectional-societies

Medieval Resource Center

(Thanks to Tracy Bennings for this link.)

http://www.wholesalecostumeclub.com/articles/medievalresourcecenterartclothingcostumeshistoryweaponsmore.jsp

The Medieval Diet

http://www.themedifastplan.com/feature-articles/the-medieval-diet-foods-and-recipes-from-the-middle-ages/

(Thanks to Michelle Green and her 6th graders for this link.)