Cape Breton University’s Boardmore Theatre continues to celebrate its 40th Season of Plays with the Family Series. This series features Robin Hood and The Bremen Town Musicians, which are suitable for all ages.
Robin Hood, by Ken Chisholm, is a classic story with a modern twist. Robin is a young girl and Wade Marion is her friend, along with the familiar band of Merry Men and Women. Together, they fight the social injustice Prince Tom and his henchman, the Sheriff of Nottingham, inflict on the innocent town folk. But this Hood has a keen sense of fair play and it serves her well in this hilarious, musical romp through Sherwood Forest. Performances are May 14 at 7 p.m. and May 15 at 2 p.m.
The Bremen Town Musicians is performed by the Maritime Marionettes. It is a folktale of an aging donkey who follows his dream to become a musician. On the road to Bremen Town, he befriends a dog, a cat and a rooster, who like him, are no longer needed as farm animals. Together they form a comical quartet and a bond that will last the rest of their lives. The visuals of the show are performed with eloquent shadow puppets, exquisitely made marionettes and the Taylor's masterful manipulation. The inspiring soundtrack combines bedtime story style narration, whimsical music and side splitting animal sounds. From the opening scene to the hilarious and touching ending, this timeless tale of friendship and enthusiasm for life will inspire and entertain the child in all of us. The Bremen Town Musicians performance is May 18 at 7 p.m.
“We’re very excited to have the Maritime Marionettes join the 40th Season of Plays. They are an internationally renowned puppet troupe that will surely delight our local audience,” says Todd Hiscock, artistic director of Boardmore Theatre.
Tickets for the Family Series go on sale May 9. Tickets for individual shows are $10 general and $6 for children and seniors. Two show packages are $15 general and $8 for children and seniors. The Boardmore Playhouse Box Office is open Monday-Friday 1-5 p.m. or call 563-1652.
For more information on the Maritime Marionettes visit www.maritime-marionettes.com.