The Death of Robin Hood
Sunday, April 11, 2021
1:00 – 3:00 PM
We are looking for:
Cast and Crew for RFA’s Summer Production of “The Death of Robin Hood.”
Oh no! Our Intrepid Hero of the People, Perpetual Scallywag, Master Archer, Savior of England, loved by women and children alike, is DEAD! How could this have happened? WHY would it happen? And how did he get so many fabulous titles in the first place? In “The Death of Robin Hood” we learn the whole sordid affair from those who knew him best, both friends and foe. A Comedy in 2 Acts with a running time of an hour and a half. Will be full of silly costumes, witty dialogue, daring sword fights, and a whole lot of fun!
CAST OF CHARACTERS (Cast Total: 6 – 2F, 4M)
ALAN: M, 20s-30s. A wandering minstrel, recently returned to Loxley, with a weak stomach. (actor will be taught sword fighting choreography, and archery stance)
LITTLE JOHN: M, 30s-50s. A boisterous, friendly blacksmith. Had studied to be a priest in a past life. (required to be able to pick up a full grown woman, will be taught archery stance)
ELLEN: F, 20s-30s. Lady Marian’s maid, Will’s athletic sister, and Alan’s former lover. (actress will be taught archery stance)
MARIAN: F, 20s-40s. The bored wife of the Sheriff, with long, luxurious hair. (must be willing to be carried by fellow actor)
SHERIFF: M, 30s-50s. Lady Marian’s husband and Loxley’s frustrated lawman, who has some skill with a sword. (actor will be taught sword fighting choreography)
WILL: M, 20s-30s. Ellen’s older brother and Alan’s former best friend, who happens to be an excellent swordsman. (actor will be taught sword fighting choreography, and archery stance. Slight of hand skills would be useful)
Auditions: April 11th, 1-3pm, Lakeside Theater.
Come with Readings prepared- memorization is not necessary, but you have to have some idea how you want to read the line.
Expect to read group scenes with other hopeful cast members- we are looking for various forms of chemistry between different roles.
Can’t make the audition time? That’s ok! You can send in a video recording of the provided reading. Please record all lines in your gender. We would also like to see-
Male Auditions: Looking Sick (like you want to puke), Fake sword fight (with a stick or tube, we don’t care, want to see you move), and drawing a bow (archery bow, can be pretend, want to see your stance)
Female Auditions: Walking and sitting like a lady in a long skirt (whatever you think that looks like), a dramatic sigh, drawing a bow (archery bow, can be pretend, want to see your stance)
*note: We are willing to accept auditions from college students that won’t be in town until 2nd half of May. Must be willing to memorize lines, practice choreography and blocking, and finish other work required of actors on their own time before returning to town. Script, instructions and video examples will be provided.
Video auditions must be sent to the email address below by no later than April 10th, so we can review your audition with everyone else’s.
If you are looking to send in a video audition or looking to join our crew as a non-cast member, please contact us at this email:
Performances: July 30-31, Aug 1-2, Lakeside Theater. Evening shows with the possibility of a Sunday Matinee.
3 rehearsals in April
rehearsals 3 times a week May 1st- July 10th
rehearsals as needed July 10th- 23rd
rehearsals daily July 23rd – 29
Rehearsals will be scheduled around the cast’s work schedules, as best able. Cast should expect to be at every rehearsal unless informed otherwise by the Director after the schedule is established.
Possibility of extra choreography rehearsal, marketing events, and cast party. These will be discussed with the cast before being added to the schedule.
Memorization of lines
Memorization of stage blocking
Learn and memorize specific physical skills of the character role
Be absolutely ridiculous and silly on stage!
(trying to hurry along a funeral)
“He’s been buried. And it seems no one has anything good to say about him. So if we’ve no further business here, I need to report to the earl that the criminal has been buried.”
(during an interrogation)
“It is my task to maintain order, Scatheloke. And it makes no difference to the order of things if your jaw is broken. That’s merely your inconvenience. Why do you persist in provoking me?” (Act 1, Scene 3)
(agreeing to postpone interrogation until further investigation into another suspect)
“Very well. You may untie him.
(LITTLE JOHN and ALAN untie WILL.)
I’m going to look into this Robin Huntington business. If such a creature does exist, the earl will undoubtedly want his head on a platter. And you three better not get any ideas about leaving Loxley if he doesn’t exist.
(LITTLE JOHN: Of course.)
They always say that. They always think they can smile and agree and then just disobey me behind my back. They never realize the truth of the matter.
There is no such thing as behind my back.
Now get him out of here. I’m going to have my guards search one more time. And I can’t concentrate with his moaning and groaning.”(Act 1, Scene 3)
(Speaking freely with her maid about love)
“When I was a girl, my mother used to read me stories from the ancients. Fantastic love stories.
Have you ever read Ovid? He tells the story of Pygmalion and Galatea. Pygmalion was an artist. A sculptor. And he created Galatea. A statue so beautiful that he loved her. And it was his love that brought her to life, for the goddess of love took pity on him and turned marble to flesh and blood.
I always thought that’s how love should be. Powerful enough to bring someone to life. If you want to know the truth about marriage, Ellen, then here it is: marriage… is dull.
It’s so boring! I keep waiting for my husband to bring me to life, like Galatea. All he ever brings me are stories about tax collection or a “well done” from the earl. You wouldn’t think two people could run out of things to say to one another after only three years! He said he was marrying me because he loved me! He loved my father’s title!” (Act 1, Scene 5)
(convincing her boyfriend to be brave)
“When I was seven years old, I had scarlet fever. Do you remember? All of the mothers in the village kept their children away from me like I was a leper. Your mother told you to stay away from me too.
But you didn’t. I remember, you came through my window with a frog you found in the pond. Because you thought he might cheer me up. I remember, you called him “Hoppity.”
You made me laugh. You made me forget. You were my hero, Alan. You have always been a brave man, always been ‘Robin Hood’. I never needed you to be a great warrior. I just needed you to be here. Please don’t leave me again.” (Act 2, Scene 3)
(explaining the facts of life)
“The Sheriff is going to find out that this Robin Huntington didn’t take that money. And then he’ll come back and have me hanged. You have no idea what it’s been like. Because you just picked up and left. So let me fill you in on our new Sheriff. He’s a maniac. Always looking over his shoulder, afraid of the earl, like a loyal dog. He’d lick the earl’s boots if he thought it would please him. And if he can’t hang Robin Huntington for him, he’ll hang me. It’s all the same, as long as someone’s punished.” (Act 1, Scene 4)
(Very done with Allen and Ellen, talking to Allen)
“She’s not the only one you left when you ran out of town. Oh, you abandoned her all right. But you know what? You also abandoned me! You were my brother! We had plans. Dreams. That we were going to build together. And instead, you just left. And I see how this is going to end now.
It’s going to be just like three years ago! But this time, when he leaves, he’ll take you with him!
Good luck on your quest. You can only die once. Except for Robin Hood. He’ll go on indefinitely, long after we’re gone, I suspect.” (Act 2, Scene 4)
(spinning a good story, as all minstrels can)
“A man in a hooded cloak? Well, I’m afraid to say it, but I believe Loxley’s been visited by Robin Huntington.
He’s an infamous thief from Sherwood. I passed through that area recently. He’s quite legendary for making bold heists, stealing valuables; tax money, signet rings, kisses on the sly.
No soldier has been able to see his face. It’s been a total embarrassment to the tax collectors in the area, which is probably why you haven’t heard of him. He’s quite beloved by the villagers around Sherwood. They all harbor him after his thefts and, in return, he gives them a share of his bounty. Except the kisses, of course. Those he keeps for himself.
In fact, that’s probably why he ran into this house. He was hoping to make some kind of arrangement with Will.” (Act 1, scene 3)
(Composing a love letter)
“My mourning dove. I have seen a thousand beautiful faces. And I know now that every one was a pale imitation of you. You are every song that I have ever sung. I would foreswear my God, all gods, to worship your statue. But more than that, I would give anything to hold you in my arms. But you are so far away and I don’t know how to reach you. These paltry words are the most I can give. I would write you a poem, but you are a poem, my mourning dove.” (Act 1, Scene 8)
(Old friend came back to town)
“Three years is a long time. David Doncaster’s married Bessie Gest. And Arthur Bland? You’ll never believe this, but he ran off with Much’s daughter. No one knows what’s happened to them. Much was furious. Half-drank himself to death and then cut down that old oak tree. The dead one out by the pond. You remember? Where you used to practice your archery. You and little Will Scatheloke. And that sister of his. (Beat) God forgive me, I gossip more than my wife!” (Act 1, Scene 2)
(Trying to get Will out of trouble)
“Uh… Will sometimes sweeps up my shop for a few pennies. He’s a good boy. I’ve always had a soft spot for him. He looks a little like my brother and curses like my wife. He would never steal tax money; he would never steal a thing. I swear on Saint Lawrence’s roasted rump!” (Act 1, Scene 3)