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Robin Hood Fun Page

Robin Hood Logo ColorSteve Seyfried's two actor version of Robin Hood premiered at the Rehoboth Summer Children's Theatre in 1992. Steve's partner in the show was David Jadico. In1993 Steve and David recorded a special audio version of the show. The cassette (yes, cassette, 1993!) became very popular with audiences young and old. This delightful 50 minute production can now be enjoyed by a new gerneration online! 

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David Jadico
Narrator, Robin, Little John, Will Scarlett, The Deputy, Clem the Archer,
Steve Seyfried
Narrator, The Greedy Merchant of Doncaster, The Sheriff of Nottingham,
The Cobbler, Alan-a-Dale, Giles Costas 

Robin Hood and Merry Men serve the poor of England by returning the money that the greedy noblemen, Including the Sheriff of Nottingham, have stolen. To lure Robin away from his hideout in Sherwood Forest, the Sheriff stages an archery tournament. Robin, disguised as a beggar, wins the tournament and escapes, pursued by the Sheriff’s bumbling deputy.
On his way back to Sherwood Forest, Robin tricks a wealthy merchant into giving him a bag of gold coins. He then gives the coins and the fancy cloak of the merchant to a lowly cobbler.
The Sheriff tries to trick Robin by disguising himself as a wizard at the county fair. But Robin cleverly escapes again, and the chase is on! Eventually, Robin and the Sheriff meet in a final confrontation, sword against quarterstaff. Robin disarms the Sheriff and sends him back to Nottingham. He then returns with his men to the safety of Sherwood Forest for a happy ending!

The stories of a kind-hearted outlaw who served the poor were first told in England over 800 years ago. As with many legends, it is likely that they began with a real person or occurrence. Through, the years, however, the story would change and develop as it was told over and over. Some historians claim the source of the legend was Robin of Loxley, a Saxon yeoman or Robert the Earl of Huntingdon, a noble who sympathized with the Saxons’ troubles.
The legend grew out of the conflict between the Saxon peasants and the Norman nobles who came from France with William the Conqueror in 1066. The Saxons had been farmers and tradespeople and often encountered harsh treatment by the invading Frenchmen. 

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Yeoman – Usually a free farmer or craftsman serving a nobleman or lord
Quarterstaff – A long wooden staff used as a weapon. It was held with one hand in the middle and one hand one quarter of the way from the end.
Lute – A stringed instrument, usually pear shaped with a fretted fingerboard. It first appeared in the 15th Century
Minstrel - A medieval European singer whose lyrics told stories of distant places and existing or imaginary historical events.
Nottingham – The town in central England that grew up around Nottingham Castle which was built in the 12th century.
Major Oak – This tree, between 800 and 1000 years old, sits in the middle of Sherwood Forest. It is the legendary meeting place of Robin Hood and his Merry Men

Through the years many writers have created their own version of the tale. The version on which the Family Stages script is based is The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood by Delaware artist Howard Pyle. In addition to telling the story, Mr. Pyle also provided a series of marvelous illustrations. His book was first published in 1883 and was a huge success. It remained popular for over fifty years.
Mr. Pyle followed Robin Hood with more adventure books for young readers including The Story of King Arthur and His Knights and Otto of the Silver Hand. He also wrote original fairy tales for younger children which were included in a collection titled Salt and Pepper, Seasoning for Young Folk.

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While Howard Pyle was well regarded as an author, he is even better known for establishing the Brandywine School, a major American artist colony in the Chadds Ford, PA area where as a teacher he helped develop painters such as N.C. Wyeth and subsequently Andrew Wyeth (Christina’s World) and Jamie Wyeth (Portrait of a Pig, Island of Roses) as well.



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It didn’t take long for the movies to latch onto the adventures of Robin Hood. The first was a silent film that appeared in 1908. A legend in his own right, Douglas Fairbanks starred in the 1922 silent movie. The film that is considered the gold standard of Robin Hood movies is the 1938 version starring Errol Flynn and Olivia de Havilland. Disney produced a live action Robin Hood in 1952. Disney’s animated version in 1973 features an all-star cast with the voices of Brian Bedford, Peter Ustinov, Terry-Thomas, Phil Harris, Andy Devine and Roger Miller as the minstrel. Kevin Costner starred in a later version and Mel Brooks lent his comic talents to a parody, Robin Hood: Men in Tights.

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