Tim Kelly’s adaptation of Robin Hood, The Legend of Sherwood, performed by Rimbey High School last weekend was a true showcase of local talent.
The play, part of the dinner theatre held at The Peter Lougheed Community Centre, was performed by a group of talented high school students, directed by drama teacher Shauna Murdoch on May 9 and 10.
Murdoch who is wonderfully adept at passing along her own talent and passion for the stage to her students, said the message in Robin Hood still holds true today.
“The myth behind the story, Robin Hood, has many different variations, but the constant is the idea that human nature is to work together to overcome that which we deem as evil. Although this version of Robin Hood is based on the myth, there are some adaptations and alterations where the characters are seen as humorous and simple.”
Murdoch said when she chooses plays, she tries to select those that not only showcase the student’s talent, but also pushes them to explore what it means to be an actor.
“After six weeks of hard work, laughter and, yes, even some tears, we have come to the end of a special journey,” she said.
Joel Wurmlinger, who played Robin Hood said the sword fighting was his favorite thing about the play. The role of Robin Hood is the first major acting role for the Grade 10 student.
Akeesha Sapach who played Little John in the play also liked the sword fighting.
“My favorite thing about drama is that I get to become the character. You get to act like someone else and get into a different personality.”
Learning to talk with a British accent was Jesse Cormach’s, (The Sherriff) favorite thing.