It’s time to go the the children’s theater! It’s the place I love to take my daughter to. It’s pure magic, it’s mystery, and it opens a world of possibilities. She has a great time and so do I. I LOVE the theater and I hope my daughter grows up to love and support the theater too. Here’s what’s coming up at The New Victory Theater!
From October 2-11, The Prince of Thieves and his Merry Men do all the wrong things for all the right reasons! Fantastically funny and fast-paced, Seattle Children’s Theatre’s Robin Hood opens the 20th Anniversary season of The New Victory Theater with a two-week run.
Written by Greg Banks (Tir Na N’og, New Vic 2000) and directed by Allison Narver, this action-packed adventure features a Robin Hood with a tongue as sharp as his sword. Under the fly of arrows, and with some very clever quick changes, a versatile cast of four takes on more than a dozen roles to bring the legend of England’s famous outlaw to life. Originally commissioned and produced by Children’s Theatre Company (Minneapolis) and produced by special arrangement with Plays for Young Audiences, this presentation appeared on the Seattle Children’s Theatre stage in 2011 and returned by popular demand to close their 2014-15 season last May.
The New Victory presentation of Seattle Children’s Theatre’s Robin Hood marks the first theatrical adaptation about the medieval hero to return to the New York stage since 1944, when J.J. Shubert, Lee Shubert and R. H. Burnside produced an operetta of the same name at the Adelphi Theatre (a venue later known as the George Abbott Theatre, which was demolished in 1970).
Hans Altwies plays the title role while Basil Harris, Hana Lass and David Quicksall appear as Nottingham’s most notable characters, including a sassy Maid Marian, a noble King Richard, a villainous Prince John and a likeable Little John. The production team is led by set designer Jennifer Lupton, whose playground of wooden ramps and ropes accommodate the deft choreography by fight director Geoffrey Alm, who says that for every minute of stage combat there are 15-20 hours of rehearsal work in this exciting, high-energy play. Costume designs by Catherine Hunt allow for the agile actors to change personas quickly, while lighting designer Geoff Korf and sound designer Chris R. Walker highlight the drama in this dynamic production.
Watch a trailer of Seattle Children’s Theatre’s Robin Hood on the New Victory website.
Public Performance Schedule: (8 performances)
- Friday October 2 – 7pm
- Saturday – October 3 – 2pm & 7pm
- Sunday – October 4 – 3pm
- Saturday – October 10 – 2pm & 7pm
- Sunday – October 11 – 12pm & 5pm
Robin Hood has a running time of 1 hour and 40 minutes, including one intermission, and is recommended for everyone ages seven and up.
Tickets for Robin Hood at The New Victory Theater (209 West 42nd Street) are $10, $13, $18 or $25 for New Victory Members based on seat locations, with full price tickets starting at $15.
Tickets are available online (NewVictory.org) and by telephone (646.223.3010). Beginning September 8, The New Victory Theater box office window (209 West 42nd Street) will be open Sunday and Monday from 11am-5pm and Tuesday through Saturday from 12pm-7pm.
Theatergoers who buy tickets for three or more New Victory shows qualify for free Membership benefits, including locked-in discount ticket prices, free unlimited exchanges (up to 48 hours in advance) and access to a first-look purchase period for newly added performances.
About Seattle Children’s Theatre
Since 1975, Seattle Children’s Theatre (SCT) has served the mission “to provide children of all ages access to professional theater, with a focus on new works, and theater education.” SCT (The Green Sheep, New Vic 2008) has grown from a small organization performing at the Woodland Park Zoo into one of the most respected professional theaters for children and families in America, producing five to six plays a season at their mainstage theaters at Seattle Center – the Charlotte Martin Theatre (482 seats) and the Eve Alvord Theatre (275 seats). To consistently create the highest quality theater for young audiences, SCT commissions acclaimed playwrights from throughout the United States and the world to create exciting original works, as well as to adapt familiar beloved children’s books for the stage. SCT has produced more than 235 plays–including 110 world premiere productions–inspiring, entertaining and educating more than four million children over the years, and adding to the repertoire of plays for young audiences worldwide.
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