Robin Hood is a wonderful choice for strong, young performers, and the child actors of NRACT (North Raleigh Arts & Creative Theatre) get it just right in this uproarious production of the comedy by Larry Blamire. Directed to perfection by Kendra Thomas, the diverse young cast features twenty students of all ages. Maximillian Thomas makes a charming Robin Hood with his glistening smile and spot-on English accent, and Ren Cleveland steals the show with her hilarious, drunken portrayal of Will Gamwell. Also memorable is Bill Fisher’s rambling Bishop of Hereford, Christina Munsey’s adorable Hilton, and Ella Wilson’s level-headed Queen Eleanor. The entire cast, however, projects such spirit and energy that viewers won’t want to take their eyes away from the stage.
The fast-paced show is performed in two acts and features several intricately staged sword fights, choreographed by Jason Bailey. The simple set provides a nice backdrop to all of the onstage action and benefits from small, quick changes that take the audience back and forth between the King’s castle and the forest. Though, at times, the staging feels a bit cluttered and chaotic, there are enough genuine laughs here to make Robin Hood a true delight for viewers of all ages.
This is the perfect winter show to bring the whole family to see. While there is some simulated violence, there’s not too much here that will make the youngest of viewers balk. It’s good, clean family fun and a truly charming way to spend an evening. Robin Hood will run through Sunday, December 12. Tickets can be purchased by visiting http://www.NRACT.org or by calling the box office at (919) 866-0228.