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Maryville drama brings ‘Robin Hood,’ the sequel, to stage

There’s a new group of men in tights in Sherwood Forest, and the Maryville High School Drama class is set to introduce them.

The class will put on their production of “Robin Hood” during two showings on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 25-26. The 35 students in the advanced drama class will perform a sequel to the original storyline, teacher Sherry Petrowski said.

“If you are a fan of ‘Robin Hood,’ you will enjoy this play,” Petrowski said. “This is kind of a sequel to ‘Robin Hood’ in that it is now 20 years later, and we have a new generation of men in tights. They are starting to break tradition with older folks such as Robin and Lady Marian and the queen.

Performances are scheduled for 7 p.m. Sept. 25 and a matinee at 2 p.m. Sept. 26 at the Maryville High School theater. Tickets are $5 for students and $7 for adults.

Petrowski said the time has been a challenge to this production. “We started school in August, and we’re opening a play in September so we have really hit the ground running and not wasted any time at all,” she said. “The kids have stepped up and are doing a wonderful job.”

The drama teacher said she originally planned for the students to do “Don’t Drink the Water,” by Woody Allen.

“When I met my class and saw the female talent I had in the class, I knew we had to revisit that decision because ‘Don’t Drink the Water’ only had four principle female roles. I knew I needed a more female-friendly play,” she said.

Petrowski said she researched plays, picked eight plays and read a synopsis of each one. “They voted on one they wanted to do, and this is the one they chose, so it is their play,” she said. “I have wonderful student directors who have taken ownership, and the kids have really stepped up.”

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