The Untold Story of Little John
family theatre about the education of Robin Hood''s side kick
New Theatre at Indiana State University
June 27-29, July 16, 20 and 23, 2014
This summer’s family drama at the Crossroads Repertory Theatre is Rachelle Martin Wilburn and Travis Dillon’s The Untold Story of Little John. Author Wilburn describes her Little John as the side kick of the original of the dynamic duos when he partnered with Robin Hood. Her play with the music by Dillon choreographed by Teresa McCullough and directed by Arthur Feinsod is bit of a fable.
Little John, Rob Glidden, once a gentle and humble soul has gotten overbearing and unpleasant. He’s just too big for his britches. His nasty egotistical failure to save the community of Bottomwood from a dark clad thief follows. Little John will have to humble himself as he seeks the aid of the local sheriff, Jomar Ferreras, and his assistant, Carolyn Conover. There’s a guaranteed happy ending with Little John winning the fair Lady Hilda, Veronica Garza. The assistant getting to be a full sidekick and the sheriff riding into the sunset on his beloved pony, but there’s quite a bit of clever fun along the way.
Frankly The Untold Story of Little John has its ups and downs. After a strong beginning things slow down and the first act nearly grinds to a halt. But the second act picks up for a real crowd pleasing finale. In the cast Veronica Garza was quite a treat as Lady Hilda, she can sing every style from country to opera and she’s got quite a comic repertoire. Of the men, Jomar Ferreras as the sometimes hapless sheriff was an accomplished comedian and a very nimble dancer.
The Untold Story of Little John at the Crossroads Repertory Theatre in Terre Haute has performances on July 16, 20 and 23. Following the matinee on the 20th the author and composer will be on hand to discuss the creation of their new family musical.
At the theatre for you, I’m George Walker