Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Widener’s FreshBaked Theatre Company to Present Robin Hood

PHOTO CAPTION (L to R): Viraga Perera as Robin Hood and Rob Reutter as Little John act out a scene from Widener University’s upcoming performance of “Robin Hood,” which is geared toward young audiences.
Children’s Theater Benefits Chester Food Pantry

Widener University’s FreshBaked Theatre Company will present “Robin Hood” for young audiences on Sunday, April 14 and Saturday, April 20 at 3 p.m. in Alumni Auditorium on Widener’s Main Campus in Chester, Pa. The play is for ages 5 and up and has a running time of 45 minutes. 

The FreshBaked Theatre Company will also hold special performances of “Robin Hood” on Friday, April 19 at 1 p.m. and Tuesday, April 23 at 12 p.m. in Widener’s Alumni Auditorium for local schools and homeschooling groups only. Reservations for these performances are required and can be made by e-mailing ljcocchiarale@mail.widener.edu.

Admission to all shows is by free will cash donation, with all funds benefiting the Bernardine Center Food Pantry. Suggested donation is $1-2 per person.

In this interpretation of “Robin Hood”, adapted by Kathleen Schultz Miller, Robin Hood and his Merry Friends of Sherwood take young audience members on a fun-filled adventure as they steal from the rich and give to the poor. Young and old participate throughout the performance, becoming members of Robin's rowdy band and even competitors in a high stakes archery tournament. Live music, performed by Widener students, rounds out the merriment.

“Robin Hood” features Widener students Michelle Callaghan, Courtney Corbitt, Autumn Heisler, Ruby Knipe, Chara Kramer, Viraga Perera, Bridgitte Saverine and Kimberly Vogel. Rounding out the cast are Widener University staff members Dr. John Serembus, Rob Reutter and Michael Kelley. Stage manager is Mary Halbur. The play is directed by Lisa Eckley Cocchiarale with technical assistance by Daniel Castagna.

Since 2001, the FreshBaked Theatre Company has promoted Widener’s mission of civic engagement by producing quality drama for children and their families in the greater Chester area. The ensemble strives to produce thought-provoking plays that challenge both young and adult audience members. “Our mission is to present inventive drama for young minds and the people who nurture them,” said Cocchiarale.

For more information, please e-mail Cocchiarale at  ljcocchiarale@mail.widener.edu.

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