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Subject: ROBIN HOOD has a world premiere at Glimmerglass(8-11-17)
From: Alan Savada <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Alan Savada <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Sat, 12 Aug 2017 08:36:23 -0400

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It may only be  an hour long, but yesterday afternoon's house was sold out, and full of appreciative children as well, as Ben Moore and Kelley Rourke's wonderful new opera took the stage for the third of eight performances this month. It is perfect for ANY age and while the lesson of ecology is embedded in this adorable updating, it still has the message of the original story and ends with a chorus of kindness.

The piano is helmed by Aurelia Andrews with magical and enchanting music conducted by David Moody.

Two young artists took lead roles with Kayleigh Decker as the adorable Scarlet, a bird who begs Robin Hood to save the forest from the evil Sheriff, played by Zachary Owen in a quasi-facist costume of an electric blue suit with knee high black boots. The fabulous 2-D set of newspaper covered trees was provided  by Ryan McGettigan and the costumes of modern dress, but yet giving that medieval feel at times for Robin and his band, were artfully done by Sophie S. Schneider. It doesn't hurt when you have Francesca Zambello directing and Eric Sean Fogel helming the choreography.

The chorus and other roles are handled by local children from ages 12-18 whose talent proves that even Cooperstown can cast these works well, and they were led by Henry Wager as Robin Hood and Catie LeCours as the tomboyish Marion. The choruses all were well sung from the grand opening scena "Law & Order" where we meet the evil sheriff who wants to cut down the trees, dig coal mines and just plain disallow any enjoyment of nature. The placards of NO TRESSPASSING:Property of Sheriff and TREE HUGGERS FORBIDDEN set the scene. Mr. Owen had an awesome final trill in an almost Iberian-ate aria. 

Ms. Decker's melodious overtures to Robin Hood to save the forest could also not go unnoticed. This ultimately leads to him accepting his destiny and leading the chorus in a rousing "Now is the time..."

There is also good comedy with the funny digs and lines in the spoken dialogue and the songs, but the overall message is so clear: the environment is ours to protect.

The Sheriff sets up an archery contest and Robin Hood cannot resist. He comes, he wins, he conquers and off with the money only to be caught, but then released by his band.

He meets the hooded King Richard(Morgan Hill-Edgar) who then reveals himself and sets all right. as the "Now is the time" chorus is repeated with new words.

It was a load of fun and if you like good music, or have kids, don't miss this wonderful show. I am sorry my son decided NOT to join us today!

ALAN SAVADA of Washington, DC

ALAN SAVADA of Washington, DC

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