Set construction for the fall play nears completion

With less than three weeks until the curtain rises for The Somewhat True Tale of Robin Hood a dedicated group of students have been working on the stage of the Performing Arts Center since August 30 building the set for this year's fall play.

LS News reporter Connor Armstrong sat down with Jordan Knisely who has been helping to both build and paint the set.

Me: What was it like making the set?
Jordan: It was a lot of fun! I really enjoyed making the set!

Me: What did you do when you were working on the set?
Jordan: Mr. Zurn [set construction advisor] gave us a rough sketch on what we were going to build. The main part, which was the castle, the steps, a door, and a small cage which I did not work on.
Early sketch for the castle of Nottingham.

Me: How big is the set overall?
Jordan: The main part is about 40-45 feet.
The center of of the castle is approximately 25' long and 12' tall with the two end sections being 10' and 8' long.
Me: What was your favorite part?
Jordan: Just making these big sets and making new friends along the way.
Jordan with set builders James McMichael, Brayden Emmerling, Sal Viscusi, Josh Ressler, and John Klein.
Me: Where does the story take place?
Jordan: It will be in the English town of Nottingham and the forest of Sherwood.
Robin Hood and his Merry Men rehearsing on the Sherwood Forest set piece
Overall, the play seems to have great sets that will throw the audience into the wonderful life of Robin Hood, or at least a somewhat true tale of it.

Performances will in the Lampeter-Strasburg High School Performing Arts Center on November 9, 10, and 11 at 7 pm with a special matinee performance on Saturday, November 11 at 2 pm.

If you locked Mel Brooks and Monty Python in a room, The Somewhat True Tale of Robin Hood is the fourth wall breaking, family friendly spoof you would get.

In this hilarious retelling of the classic tale our gallant guy-in-green hero tries his best as swaggers through the show.

However, this time around, the legendary outlaw, in his never-ending quest to aid the needy, encounters a lovely damsel-in-distress; an ever-scheming sheriff who would rather bowl a strike than hit a bull's-eye; a gold-hoarding, bad-guy monarch wannabe; and a good-natured "Town's Guy" who manages to make his way into every scene, whether he belongs there or not.

Combine them with an expandable band of spoon-wielding Merry Men whose collective IQs equal six, and you've got an irreverent jaunt through Sherwood Forest you won't soon forget!

Read about the somewhat true tale of creating the Robin Hood poster.

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--By Connor Armstrong, LS News reporter

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