About 30 JM students experience theater like they never have before with an in-depth walk through "Sherwood: The Adventures of Robin Hood," the comedy with music opening this year's season at PlayMakers Repertory Company.
It all begins when JM students get a personal backstage tour to learn how professionals design and create scenery and costumes; rehearse for a new production; and produce theatrical works. Then, the curtain to go up at 7:30 p.m. for a performance featuring flying arrows, clanging swords and original music by Jack Herrick of North Carolina's Tony Award-winning string band, The Red Clay Ramblers. After the show, students will meet with six actors — Jeffrey Blair Cornell (Sir Guy), Ray Dooley (Prince John), Christine Mirzayan (Maid Marian), Tristan Parks (Sheriff of Nottingham), Joshua David Robinson (Robin Hood) and Dan Toot (Friar Tuck) — for a short discussion about how they created and performed what students just saw on stage.
This event was rescheduled from Friday, September 14, a performance canceled in advance of Hurricane Florence. Because of the new date, we have had to cancel the planned discussion with the show’s director, Jessie Austrian, a Broadway actress, stage director, NYU instructor, and co-founder and co-artistic director of the world-renowned Fiasco Theater, since she will not be in North Carolina on this new date.
The entire event, including transportation from school, is offered free to students thanks to generous contributions by JMArts members, Jessie Austrian, PlayMakers Repertory Company and members of the “Sherwood” cast.