Robin Hood Continues July 29-31

Come with us to Sherwood Forest . . .for a rollicking tale of heroism & mischief!

Robin Hood title onlyAPT goes medieval with this production of Robin Hood.  Adults and kids alike are delighting in the athleticism and slapstick humor of this adventure with Robin and his Merry Men,  APT’s 4th annual summer play at St. Luke’s Church in Allentown.  Audience members are saying: “It was a great show – creative and lots of fun!” “Fantastic! All the kids enjoyed it.” “Amazing!” “Wonderful show!” “Loved it!!”

To read The Morning Call’s preview of the play, CLICK HERE.

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There’s plenty of swordplay in the action-packed Robin Hood. Cast (left to right): Cheryl Moritz, Kate Egging, Syd Stauffer, and Willow Reichard-Flynn. Photo by David A. Smith.

WHEN:  July 22 & 29, 6pm; July 23, 24, 30 & 31, 2pm.

WHERE:  St. Luke’s Lutheran Church,  417 N. 7th St., Allentown

ADMISSION:  Kids 12 & under, FREE; Adults & teens: Pay-What-You-Will

Robin Hood Workshops

A Maid Marian puppet in-progress. Photo by Marcie Albertson.
A Maid Marian puppet in-progress. Photo by Marcie Albertson.

APT’s FREE theatre workshops for kids ran June 11, 18, 25 and July 9 at St. Luke’s Church.  Drawing on the Robin Hood story, the improvisation and drama exercises let children explore their imaginations, learn how to create a character, and develop stage presence.

The kids are putting all that into practice in their cameo appearances in Robin Hood.

 

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Theatre Cafe Gets Standing Ovation

MysteryOfIrmaVepThe July 19th reading by Remy Kayal and Steven Schmid at Hava Java concluded with the audience on their feet, cheering.  The two actors – hilariously playing eight characters (some female), as scripted – more than did justice to this tour-de-farce. The beloved 1984 satire by Charles Ludlam, The Mystery of Irma Vep, is a wry mashup, among other things,  of Victorian melodrama, 19th century popular serial fiction, Wuthering Heights, and the 1940 Hitchcock film Rebecca.  Liana Irvine narrated; Chloe Cole-Wilson directed.

The Island 

by Athol Fugard, John Kani & Winston Ntshona

Allentown Public Theatre thanks the dedicated cast and crew who created this production, and audience members who attended and contributed to thoughtful discussion of the issues.

Here’s what the critics had to say:

A captivating visit to a place not so far away” – Lehigh Valley Press

Spare and thought-provoking” – The Morning Call

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Set in apartheid-era South Africa, The Island, by Athol Fugard, John Kani, and Winston Ntshona, tells of political prisoners on Robben Island, John (Ryan Fields) and Winston (Jamil Joseph). They labor by day.  At night, they prepare for a prison performance of the Greek tragedy,  Antigone. Portraying her courage, they air their own dissent.

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John (Ryan Fields, left) and Winston (Jamil Joseph) imagine freedom. (Kenek Photography)

Praising the actors as “convincing in their portrayals,” the Lehigh Valley Press adds, “Fields plays the role of John with the right touch of levity. Joseph plays Winston with deep bitterness and resignation . . . The underlying dramatic tension is compelling under [Anna] Russell’s direction.” READ full review HERE.

In APT’s production, a chorus representing modern-day American prisoners frames the South African story with music and dance. The chorus includes percussionist Vernon J. Mobley, with dancers Chiedu Mbonu and Theophilus Timothy These interludes bridge

To the beat of Vernon Mobley's drum, the chorus (Chiedu Mbonu and Theophilus Timothy, representing American prisoners, background) and Robben Island inmates (Jamil Joseph and Ryan Fields, foreground) mime hard labor in The Island.
To the beat of Vernon Mobley’s drum, the chorus (Chiedu Mbonu and Theophilus Timothy, representing American prisoners, background) and Robben Island inmates (Jamil Joseph and Ryan Fields, foreground) mime hard labor in The Island. (Kenek Photography)

the gap between past and present.  As mass incarceration, police brutality, and racial tensions continue to plague our country, connections are not hard to find.

The Island is part of the Valley-wide arts series, Voices of Conscience: Toward Racial Understanding.

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