Robin Hood Gives to the Mountains Foundation

Fawnskin, CA, July 31, 2013 – After a strong opening weekend, men in tights return to the Discovery Center Amphitheater for “Robin Hood … the Panto.” The panto form of theatre is popular in England and is a lot of interactive fun here too: You’ll cheer the heroes and boo the villains, amid chases, songs and sword fights. The Big Bear Theatre Project is presenting the familiar story, but with a twist. Robin and his Merry Men still steal from the rich and give to the poor, but Steve Cassling and Brian Adams play all the characters, and may even pull audience members to the stage to become a part of the action. They’ll battle against the Sheriff of Nottingham and the evil Prince John while waiting for the good King Richard to return.  The show is directed by Cassling, who staged it as the Pasadena Playhouse’s holiday show for two years in a row. Cassling updated it for Big Bear in 2008, where it played along with his two-man version of “The Wizard of Oz” for the Community Arts Theatre Society. He promises audiences, “You’ll share in their adventures, meeting Little John, Maid Marion, and all the men of Sherwood Forest…. It’s a fun, uproarious experience you won’t want to miss!”  Pantomime, or panto — not to be confused with the theatrical medium of mime — has a long theatrical history in Western culture, developed...

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