Danielle Wright, vice president for CCYP’s board of the directors, has also served as a director. She became involved in CCYP last year. She said audiences should expect a very funny show with “Robin Hood.”
“Within the first couple of pages, you are laughing and really connecting with the characters,” she said.
In addition to the comedy, she said the show provides males a chance to hit the stage.
“It’s a great opportunity for young men. We are also trying to attract some male audience members. A lot of times, brothers come to support sisters, but they don’t have a connection with the play,” she said. “With this one being Robin Hood and his Merry Men, and his adversaries being men, there is an innate connection for young men and boys to come see the show.”
More than 40 young people are a part of two casts. Wright said this gives everyone the opportunity to perform.
Ryan Glasgow, 14, is one of the actors who will portray Robin Hood. The home-schooled ninth-grader said he did not intend to take the lead role but is glad he did.
“I found out Robin Hood is a great role. It is challenging, but I hope that I act it well. He is an extremely bold and arrogant character and can be quite fun to play,” he said. “I hope the audience likes the show and enjoys its humor.”
Paige Henry, 15, will play Maid Marian. The Lassiter High School sophomore said the “damsel in distress” aspect of the character piqued her interest in the role.
“(Lady Marian) … needs her hero but can still hold her ground. I fell in love with her personality and determination,” she said. “My favorite part of performing is seeing the audience’s reaction and how they connect to the characters.”
Mary Talley, president of the board of directors, has been involved with CCYP since 2004. Her son, Ryan, found the theater company online.
CCYP is volunteer-based, and Talley said she encourages parents to become involved with productions.
“That’s how I got started,” she said. She worked on scrapbooks and costumes and took on more responsibilities over the years. “I learned what a worthwhile cause it was.”
Opportunities for performing and other stage work are available in the form of other groups at CCYP. The Players Program (fifth- to 12th-graders) presents a fall and spring show. The Troupe Program is a yearlong endeavor for high school students. They engage in more projects, monologues and dinner theater.
Talley said summer camps consist of age-appropriate activities, theater games and more. She said, “Naturally what draws kids to us is they can come on an entry level. The kids are truly worked with from the ground up. We have hired professionals to come in and work with them, primarily to perfect their acting skills. They are learning about live theater basically as they are performing it.”
For youth who want to work behind the scenes, Talley said publicity, costumes, sound and lighting opportunities are available for them. Overall, Talley said, “They get a full feel to see what it’s like to put on a show.”
With “Robin Hood,” Talley said they try to “mix it up” at CCYP but wind up going back to classics on a regular basis.
“We try to do it from a different slant,” she said. “The purpose is to expose kids to different types of plays, from melodrama to farce.”
“Our audience can expect to see a group of kids that are naturally funny and naturally talented. We’ve been grooming them to use that energy and transform it to a character on stage,” Wright said. “Come ready to laugh, ready to bond with well-written characters, and ready to take away some important life lessons.”
The Art Place Mountainview is located at 3330 Sandy Plains Road in Marietta. For more information on tickets and show times for “The Somewhat True Tale of Robin Hood,” call (770) 591-3736 or visit www.ccyp.org.