Children’s Theatre of Charlotte Presents “The Commedia Robin Hood”  

Children’s Theatre of Charlotte’s Tarradiddle Players bring the legend of Robin Hood and his merry men to life in “The Commedia Robin Hood” (May 4-20). Performed in the style of Commedia dell’arte, the production uses farce and slapstick to give this timeless tale a hilarious new twist.  

With just a few quick costume and prop changes, four actors recreate the adventures of the English outlaw who robs from the rich to give to the poor. Audiences will cheer for Robin Hood as he battles Little John on the bridge, makes friends with the loveably droll Friar Tuck, and outwits the bumbling Sheriff of Nottingham, all in order to win the heart of the lovely Maid Marion. Playwright Lane Riosley’s series of “Commedia” plays are a beloved part of the Tarradiddle repertoire, and “The Commedia Robin Hood” is a delightfully silly introduction to a classic story.  

“This version of the Robin Hood legend pays tribute to comedy,” comments director Jill Bloede. “The production steals from the rich humor of sixteenth century Italian Commedia dell’arte and classic cartoons to give the audience a laugh-out loud experience.”  

“The Commedia Robin Hood” stars the 2006-07 Tarradiddle Players company: Robby Fulton, Leslie Ann Giles, Chaz Pofahl, and Greta Marie Zandstra. There will be special appearances by musicians from the Charlotte Symphony before the 2:00 performances on May 6 and May 20. Performance date and times are as follows:  

Friday, May 4                7:30 pm

Saturday, May 5                        3:00 pm (General Seating Only - Front Orchestra Sold Out)

Sunday, May 6                            2:00 pm (SOLD OUT)

Sunday, May 6                            4:00 pm

Friday, May 11              7:30 pm

Saturday, May 12                     1:00 pm

Saturday, May 12                     3:00 pm

Sunday, May 13                         2:00 pm (Front Orchestra Only - General Seating Sold Out)

Friday, May 18                             7:30 pm

Saturday, May 19                     3:00 pm

Sunday, May 20                         2:00 pm (General Seating Only - Front Orchestra Sold Out)  

Performances will be held in the Wachovia Playhouse at ImaginOn, 300 East 7th Street .  Front Orchestra tickets are $18.00; General Admission tickets are $14.00. For tickets, call the Children’s Theatre Box Office at 704-973-2828 (10 am-5 pm, Mon.-Fri.) or visit our website: Recommended for ages 5 and up.  

Children’s Theatre of Charlotte is supported by the Annual Fund Drive of the Arts & Science Council, Charlotte-Mecklenburg, Inc., ArtsTeach, and the North Carolina Arts Council, an agency funded by the State of North Carolina and the National Endowment for the Arts.
The media sponsor for the 2006-07 season is WCNC-TV.

US Airways: the 2006-07 Official Airline of Children’s Theatre of Charlotte.


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