Local talent teams up for Robin Hood

Local talent teams up for Robin Hood The Vermillion Community Theatre made the bold decision last spring to create an original, full-length, musical to debut in Vermillion June 27-30.

The Vermillion Community Theatre was flush from the great response to the 2002 winter show, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, and wanted to follow with a spectacular production for the summer of 2003. They needed a large, flexible, family-oriented musical with many parts for both children and adults.

Several scripts were considered but either fell short of the criteria or were being produced by other local groups. Four original songs had been created for the winter production and the talent team decided it was ready to accept the challenge of writing an original show.

The ever-popular legend of Robin Hood was selected as the vehicle. Many books and movies were researched and a story line emerged. The show was announced at the VCT Gala in April and auditions were held in May.

The VCT creative team is made up of Anthony Burbach, an EMT with the Vermillion Fire Department, Dan Miller, a graduate student in the USD theater department, Steve Miller, pastor at the United Church of Christ-Congregational and George Schlenker, economics analyst and a familiar face on the Vermillion theater scene.

Burbach has a degree in music from USD. He wrote the arrangements and will direct the band. Dan Miller is the director for the show and wrote most of the script. Steve Miller and Schlenker wrote tunes and developed lyrics.

Jill Tyler rounds out the creative team as choreographer, and the administrative team of Sandy Dickenson and Connie Nelsen are producing the show.

There are over 130 people in the cast of this delightful story of a young band of friends who are separated by difficult times, only to grow up and be reunited in crisis by the power of their childhood loyalty.

Featuring many twists, turns and surprises, the show has all of the familiar characters, Robin, Marion, the Sheriff, Little John, Friar Tuck, Prince John, and a host of new characters to present an evening of music, dancing, laughter, swordplay and a heart-warming story of belonging to the Spirit of the Greene.

Tickets are available at Davis Pharmacy and Nook 'n Cranny. Inquiries may be sent by e-mail to spiritofthegreen@mchsi.com or by contacting Dickenson at 624-6670.

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