Robin Hood and his legacy coming to WCU

“Humor”, “a love story”, “very dramatic”, “extraordinary music”, and “twists and turns” are many of words being used to describe and expect from the upcoming live radio show of “Robin Hood- The Legacy”.

“Robin Hood-The Legacy” will premiere on Thursday, Feb 26 at 7:30 p.m. in the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center.

Tickets are on sale for $10 and the proceeds will be used to fund scholarships in participating academic departments.

“[Students] can see something they’ve never seen before,” said Brenda Lilly, the director of the show. She also adds that the audience will see topics that are relevant to today.

Don Connelly, the writer and producer of the show, agrees.

“It’s going to be a good show,” said Connelly.

"Robin Hood- The Legacy" will be coming to Western Carolina University. Photo Courtesy of Dr. Bruce Frazier.

“Robin Hood- The Legacy” will be coming to Western Carolina University. Photo Courtesy of Dr. Bruce Frazier.

Although ‘Robin Hood’ stories have been around for many years, the idea behind the show is to take a new approach; “It goes beyond the mythology,” explained Lilly. Lilly, an assistant professor of Western’s School of Stage and Screen, is very excited about the show as this is her first time directing a radio show.

“We will have fights, deceits, love and passion, robbery, but it will be more accurate in portrayal,” said Connelly.

Actors that are involved in the show love how Connelly has written the story.

“There are a ton of historic aspects,” said Drew Starkey, a WCU student who will be playing Robin Hood.

“I like it! It’s clever the way the story is told,” said David Evanoff Jr., a WCU Associate Professor in Nanomaterials Chemistry, who will be playing two parts in the play – King Edward and Professor Hann Lytleton.

Since “Robin Hood-The Legacy” is a radio show, a lot of music should be expected.

“Music helps tell the story,” said Connelly, as he felt the music provides a lot of cues to the actors and audience about the mood and the feeling of the show.

The show will be in many aspects dynamic and unique so be sure to get your tickets.