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‘Robin Hood’ and the Merry Men romp at B Street

By From page C8 | November 23, 2016

The legendary “Robin Hood” of yore comes to life on the B Street stage with plenty of sword fighting, wordplay and physical comedy. B Street’s production of “Robin Hood” runs through Dec. 24.

Greg Bank’s “Robin Hood” received its world premiere at the Children’s Theatre Company in their 2010/2011 season. Subsequent productions at nationally acclaimed children’s theatres South Coast Repertory and Seattle Children’s Theatre have been sell-out hits, delighting audiences across the country.

Bank’s stage adaptation astounds children and adults as five cast members embody countless characters and skillfully make their way through the classic tales of “Robin Hood.”

For those who loved B Street’s “Three Musketeers,” you don’t want to miss watching Robin Hood and his band of Merry Men steal from the rich and give to the poor. This exciting, fast-paced production is one that can’t be missed this holiday season.

The playwright 

Greg Banks’ work as an actor, writer and director has taken him all over the world from Singapore to Seattle via the Arctic Circle. Greg’s plays include several award-winning works including “Tir Na N’og,” “Why The Whales Came,” “Dorian Grey,” “Too Many Cooks” to name a few. He has directed for many companies including The Bristol Old Vic (“Endgame”), The Unicorn Children’s Theatre London (“The Wizard of Oz”) and Minneapolis Children’s Theatre (“Romeo and Juliet”). He is currently writing an adaptation of “The Jungle Book” for The Minneapolis Children’s Theatre.

The director 

Jerry has been the associate producer for B Street for the past fourteen years. He has directed “Five Songs: An Evening with Jack Gallagher,” “A Skull in Connemara,” “What the Butler Saw,” “The Seafarer and Red,” among others. His play “Love And Baseball” was recently produced by B Street. His adaptations and original works for the family series include Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein,” “The Flying Machine,” “The Conductor: Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad,” “The Gift of The Magi,” “Treasure Island” and “The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes.”

The cast

Playing Robin Hood and Marian’s dad is Darek Riley, making his B Street debut after a long hiatus. He has performed regionally with theatre companies such as The Nevada Conservatory Theatre, The Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Santa Cruz Shakespeare, Richmond Shakespeare Festival and others; you may have recently seen him in “To Kill a Mockingbird” at Sacramento Theatre Company. Favorite roles have included Alcippe in “The Liar,” Wilmore in “The Rover,” Antipholus of Syracuse in “Comedy of Errors,” Cornwall in “King Lear,” Dogberry in “Much Ado About Nothing” and Bobby in “Company.” Riley holds a BFA in acting/performance from Southern Oregon University as well as an MFA in acting/performance from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Ensemble cast members include Stephanie Altholz, Fiona Robberson, Winston Koone and Sean Nill

Behind the scenes

 Samantha Reno, is the production’s scenic designer who’s past work includes designing and painting for the Cincinnati Opera, Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati and Town Hall Theatre, among others. Reno has also taught scenic artistry at the high school level. Her B Street credits include “Boom!,” “Jenny Chow,” “Love Child,” “Hound of the Baskervilles,” “Grounded,” “Bars and Measures,” “Frankenstein,” “5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche,” “Echo Location” and “Masterpiece of Comic … Timing.” She earned two bachelor of fine arts degrees from Northern Kentucky University in both set design and graphic design.

Family friendly

The B Street Theatre’s Family Series is California’s only fully professional, resident theater for children. Operating under a Theatre for Young Audience agreement with the Actors Equity Association, the Family Series’ mission is to introduce children to the wonder of professional theatre through the production of original plays and original adaptations of contemporary novels and classic works of literature. Since its premiere season in 2003, the Family Series has presented over 50 professional plays for approximately 300,000 children and families of the Sacramento region.

Showtimes at 1 and 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. B Street Theatre is located at 2711 B St. in Sacramento. For tickets and more information call (916) 443-5300 or visit bstreettheatre.org.

 

 

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