Taking a different look at `Robin Hood'

Local youths perform comic version of classic this weekend

Posted: Thursday, June 22, 2000

A new version of ``Robin Hood,'' with a spunky Maid Marian and slew of comic one-liners, will be presented this weekend by the Alaska Theatre of Youth.

For the past 11 years, the Anchorage-based theater group has conducted a conservatory in Juneau. This year about a dozen young Juneau actors are staging ``Robin Hood'' as the culmination of three weeks of acting classes.

Jennifer Waldroup, the director of the show, said the version they're performing is an adaptation written by Shane Mitchell, the artistic director of Alaska Theatre of Youth in Anchorage.

``It's got different characters in it, and Maid Marian is the lady-in-waiting to Queen Eleanore,'' she said. ``She's not the usual Maid Marian who needs Robin Hood to swoop in and save the day. She's pretty well able to take care of herself.''

Waldroup is an Anchorage-based actress, director and teacher, and serves as the special projects coordinator for the Alaska Theatre of Youth. Another Anchorage performer and teacher, Jessye O'Connell, also led the program this year.

Students met for about six hours a day for the past three weeks. Mornings were spent in acting classes, and in the afternoons they applied what they learned to ``Robin Hood.'' O'Connell taught improvisation and movement classes, and Waldroup taught stage combat, one of her specialties.

The show lasts about one hour, and will be staged three times. Shows are at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Saturday. Admission is $6.

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