Festival Antigonish Summer Theatre is moving outdoors with Robin Hood: The Great Escape in August at Keppoch Mountain.
After cancelling all live productions in 2020 due to COVID-19, the 34-year-old repertory company, based in the Bauer Theatre, decided outdoor theatre was the only way to ensure live performance.
“This summer, I want to make sure that we have the greatest chance possible of bringing live theatre back to our community,” artistic director Andrea Boyd said Thursday in a news release, “and that means leaving the safety of our precious stage, and venturing out into the great outdoors.”
Festival Antigonish is partnering with Keppoch Mountain for an original adaptation of the classic story, written by Boyd and Laura Teasdale. The outdoor “promenade” will take the audience on a wide trail “surrounded by majestic trees and the beautiful sounds of summer.
“Medieval characters will guide audience groups from one scene to the next, where they will eavesdrop on the heroes and villains that tell the tale of the Sheriff of Nottingham’s vile plan to be rid of Robin Hood once and for all.”
The audience will gather as a group for the opening scene, be split into groups of 20 and then meet up for the show’s ending.
The large-cast production will involve Nova Scotia’s professional actors, designers and other creative folk. In partnership with the community theatre organization, Theatre Antigonish, FAST will cast community members as volunteer actors in small parts such as bandits, guards, spies and medieval ushers or in backstage production roles.
Robin Hood: The Great Escape will have all public health guidelines in place and will be held at Keppoch Mountain in August 2021 for a two-week run. Tickets and more details will be released later at www.festivalantigonish.com.
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