By RICK HAYES
MT. VERNON — —
MT. VERNON — Medieval theater will come alive on Oct. 17 and 18 when the Mt. Vernon Township High School drama department presents Robin Hood.
A special showing will be presented to kindergarten through fourth grade pupils at 9:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. on both days with an adult show scheduled at 7 p.m. each evening. The shows are being sponsored by Mt. Vernon Township High School and the Carl Schweinfurth Foundation.
Over 2,600 children from Jefferson, Franklin, Washington, Marion, Wayne and Edwards counties will get to see the matinees with free admission. There is a $4 charge for the evening shows.
"We would love to see more of the community come out and see this," said Director Mary Beth Mezo, who is working with a group of about 55 kids from MVTHS. "When we have those kids in here, they will be into it. They will be having the best of times," she predicted. "We know friends and parents of the kids will be here in the evening, but we encourage others to come out. You can't beat the entertainment for $4."
Robin Hood, the outlaw of Sherwood Forest, leads a merry life with his followers. Anyone who is hungry or who has no place to live is welcome in the greenwood. The citizens of the forest oppose wicked Prince John. He's taken the place of King Richard the Lion-Hearted, who has gone to the Holy Land on a crusade. One day a caravan cuts through the wood. In the convoy is Robin's childhood sweetheart, Maid Marian, ward of King Richard. The evil Lady Merle of Cornwell plans to force Marian to marry Prince John in an effort to make him more acceptable to the people of England.
Will he defeat the nasty sheriff of Nottingham and send the horrible Lady Merle back to France? Will Robin stop the marriage of Marian to the evil Prince John? When, if ever, will King Richard return from the Crusades to restore the peace and harmony to England?
All those questions — with laughter and drama — will be answered in the one-hour production.
The main cast members include: Robin Hood (Dalton Miller), Friar Tuck (Kendall Kaskie), Sheriff (Andrew Capps), Lady Merle (Faith Harpole and Kaydee Dycus), Annabelle (Allison Hedin), Maid Marian (Michaela Lamczyk and Jaycee Donoho), Sheriff's wife (Ashtyn Cornett and Megan Owens), Salome (Kelsey Shannon), Stranger/King Richard (Logan Jackson), Tess (Emily Heckenberger), Heather (Danielle Sticklin), Gabrielle (Gabrielle Bell), Soldier 1 (Jonathan Dorris), Soldier 2 (Brett Damron), Soldier 3 (Tyler Richardson), Beth (Amy Heckenberger), Mother Meg (Makayla Smith), Little John (Caleb Vaughn), Old Widow (Chera Edwards) and Will Scarlet (DJ McGee).
DeeAnn Endsley assists with the costumes, Molly Rodgers and Hailey Beal are the stage managers, Avery Barton the tech director, Jim Miller and Bethaney Brown the artistic advisors, Enid Kennedy the assistant producer, and J. Thomas Kidd and Michael Wilson of SIU-Carbondale are the stage combat instructors.
The tech crew includes: Brody Wilson, Zane Wilson, Randi McCoy, Falyn VanDyke, Taylor Phillips, Jaxson Lewis and Nathan Arnold. Stage crew includes: Keila Stumbaugh, Kaleb Dorris, Danielle Patton, Andrew Gill, Sean Hicks, Dakota Taylor, Megan Owens, Jacey Donoho, Angela Atkinson, Erica Williams, Emmaline Wolf, Katie Tapp, Samantha Bean, Ashtyn Cornett, and Michaela Lamczyk. Costume and makeup crew include: Shaylyn Koch, Megan Thomas, Kirsten Farley and Mollie Strain.
Shyanne Howes and Jase Lucas are handling the programs and publicity.