The Merry Men of Sherwood

By Grace Moore

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The Merry Band is made up of: (front left to right) Lathan Dewey, Reece Pfeil and Tylla Gerry, (back row left to right) Shane Bray, Paige Sanderson and Melibe Downey.

Saturday evening the Moorcroft K-8 Parent Advisory hosted the Missoula Children’s Theater presentation of the classic Robin Hood. Sherwood of the Forest (K

elsey Harrison) told a tale of a hero and his merry band …

Robin Hood (Faith Anderson) and his merry band (Paige Sanderson, Shane Bray, Lathan Dewey, Tylla Gerry, Reece Pfeil and Melibe Downey) waylay and rob aristocrats (Ruban Pfeil, Pyper Humpal and Camlynn Larson) and rescue Maid Marian (Kieya Carlson) and her maid (Brook Sanderson) from the evil machinations of Prince John (Sarah Bray) and the Sheriff of Nottingham (Kayleigh Huven).

This all takes place with the

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The Sheriff of Nottingham sends Maid Marian and her maid back to the castle when he catches them attempting to keep a meeting with Robin Hood.

help of the Sherwood Forest skunks (Gavin Laatsch, Addison Albertson, Tallie Thomas, Avenlee Downey, Pattie Donner, Lincoln Demma, Gabriell Dewey, Tugg Thomas and Reid Pfeil) and Sherwood of the Forest. The Prince is hard pressed as his guards (Trinity Boyer and Bristol Hannah) and his horsemen (Daisy Soesbe and Kyanne Karrels) bumble every effort to catch the elusive thief.

 

Brock Anderson played the piano, Courtney Foschi directed and Gracie Lara was the assistant director.

The comedic antics of the characters and original music are only part of what made this show fun and worth the price of a

Robin Hood, played by Faith Anderson.

ticket; after only a week’s practice, these kids knew their lines and brought their own energy to the stage. The audience was engaged and laughter abounded.

 

Sanderson, who played Marian’s Maid, took a moment out between shows to share her thoughts on how the production was going.

“I thought the [first show] went well, everyone memorized their lines well and the audience loved it,” she said.

Sanderson shared her trick to get into character, “I like to think of myself as very ‘play’ anyway so I just thought ‘what would I do in this situation’ and just stay ‘proper.”

Albertson, who played one of the skunks, considered the 3 p.m. play a success and said that to prepare for her part, “I just tried to remember my lines and I wanted to make my cousins and my friends proud.”

The show was partially supported by the National Endowment for the Arts and supported in part by a grant from the Montana Arts Council, an agency of the State Government, and the National Endowment for the Arts.