Young actors target adventure with ‘Robin Hood’

Betsy PickleOur Town Youth

One of the most beloved outlaws in English folklore rides again in “The Ballad of Robin Hood,” courtesy of the Knoxville Children’s Theatre.

The late Zack Allen, KCT founder, adapted this version of the popular tale, which has Robin of Locksley trying to keep the evil Sheriff of Nottingham from installing the nefarious Prince John as king of England while the true king, Richard the Lionhearted, is off fighting in the Crusades. Stories about the character Robin Hood have been around for nearly 1,000 years, so Allen knew he had a winner on his hands.

The story has been told on stage and on the big screen countless times. The most recent film version was released last year, with Taron Egerton as Robin Hood, Eve Hewson (Bono’s daughter) as Lady Marian, Jamie Foxx as Little John/Yahya and Jamie Dornan as Will Scarlet.

KCT’s young cast includes Eason Bullard as Robin, Emmalea Merrell as Marian, Tripp Keeton as Little John, PJ Copeland as Will, Cooper Delamain as Much, the Miller’s Son, Sophie Elkins as Ellen-a-Dale, Alex Montgomery as the Sheriff of Nottingham and Truman Ball and DeShaun O’Keefe as his henchmen.

“The Ballad of Robin Hood” debuted last week and has 10 performances remaining: at 7 p.m. Thursday-Friday, Aug. 22-23 and Aug. 29-30; 1 and 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24 and Aug. 31; and 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 25 and Sept. 1.

Visit the KCT website for ticket info.

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