Evenings of late have become tinged with crisp autumnal air, and the Stephenville High School Theatre Department will be greeting the season with its annual fall formal event, the Presentation Play.
The young thespians will give two evening performances of playwright Lynn Dobson's “The Somewhat True Tale of Robin Hood.” The play is described as a family friendly retelling of the Robin Hood legend presented with Mel Brooks/Monty Python style antics.
After a public performance of the play to be given Friday evening, Presentation Play will follow Saturday night with the second of the play's two performances.
The Saturday night gala affair will link the Robin Hood parody to an awards ceremony with certificates being given throughout the play. Awards will range from acknowledgments for best personality and best smile to the recognition of those most likely to succeed.
Attendees are encouraged to wear their finest with girls likely to be in formal gowns and many young men donning suits for the occasion.
Theatre Director Mindy Pope is especially excited about the method of scenery shifts to be implemented in the production.
“This is the first time SHS Theatre has used periaktoi in a show,” she said. “These are 3-sided flats or walls on wheels, and it makes scene changes easy and fun for the audience.”
Pope explained the theatrical device initially employed in ancient Greek theatre allows for rapid changes in scenery in a matter of seconds. She credited JV theatre, technical theatre and varsity theatre students for their instrumental roles in creating the set.
“I think our audience will love this show,” Pope said. “From the bright costumes, quick set changes and 'punny' dialogue, it has been a blast to produce, and we are excited to share it with the public.”
The Friday performance will begin at 7 p.m. with $5 tickets available at the door.
Saturday's Performance Play will begin at 8 p.m. Pre-sale tickets are $6 and can be purchased at the SHS office, from theatre students or at the door of Friday night's showing.
Presentation Play tickets will also be available at the door Saturday night for $8.