Rockin Robin

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Rockin Robin and his merry band of men star in this fantasy story featuring  Rock Music from the fifties, sixties and seventies.

A drama group (or school) is rehearsing a number for the Rock Eisteddfod when an electrical fault in the special effects department causes two of the cast, Maddie and William, to be transported backwards through time to medieval Sherwood Forest.

They meet Robin Hood and Little John who have been expecting them.  All are immediately swept up in events. A Sorcerer  has cast a spell on the village of Locksley, because he mistakenly believes  a missing magic ring has been stolen by Robin Hood and his band.

The students become further tangled in the story when The Sorcerer falls madly in love with Maddie, and concocts a love potion to help win her over.

Meanwhile The Sheriff is trying to win Marion and evade the advances of Elvira, the Sorcerer’s unattractive daughter, while Robin and Marion are simply trying to find a happy ending.

The songs, include Horror Movie, Locomotion, Puppet on a String, Rock Around the Clock and many more as well as the final toe-tapping, Rockin’ Robin. 

Review by Graham Rushton. "Judith Prior must be congratulated on writing a very fast moving, well, structured musical play which will be an asset for schools or youth theatre companies to perform. "

Photos

Something goes wrong during a Rock performance.
Maddie and William wake  up in Sherwood Forest
Thanks to Burnie High School (Tas) for these awesome pictures from 2011
World Premiere in Bundaberg.
Judith Prior with friend.

Plot / Synopsis

The drama group (or school) is rehearsing a number for the Rock Eisteddfod; during the rehearsal an electrical fault in the special effects department causes two of the cast, Maddie and William, to be transported backwards through time to medieval Sherwood Forest.

They are met in the forest by Robin Hood and Little John who have been eagerly awaiting their arrival. They are all immediately swept up in events involving a plot to thwart a Sorcerer who has cast a spell on the village of Locksley, because of a missing magic ring he mistakenly believes has been stolen by Robin Hood and his band.

The original members of the school drama group, who now don’t recognise Maddie and William, have somehow become characters in this medieval mix-up which includes the Sheriff of Nottingham, his over bearing mother Morag, and bumbling deputy Oswald.

Robin enlists the help of William, whom he insists is actually Will Scarlet, and Maddie (aka Vilia, the witch of the woods), to help him. If they can find the missing ring, Maddie and William hope to have the Sorcerer release the village from his spell and transport them both back to the future.

The story becomes complicated when The Sorcerer falls madly in love with Maddie, and concocts a love potion to help win her over. The Sheriff is trying to win Marion and evade the advances of Elvira, the Sorcerer’s unattractive daughter, and Robin and Marion are simply trying to find a happy ending.

The adventure carries them all to the Sherwood Forest Fair, where the Sheriff and his comedic deputy, Oswald have planned to publicly humiliate Robin and capture him. Of course, all does not go according to plan, and how our heros manage to triumph, return the ring to its rightful owner, release the spell on the village and get back home is a rollicking rocking romp of energetic ingenuity from start to finish.

The cast includes many minor roles such as the Sorcerer’s precocious daughter Elvira, the quintessential Maid Marion, several zany maids in waiting, Sorcerer’s lackeys, a host of villagers, members of Robin’s band, peasants, and various other forest dwellers.

The set is uncomplicated, the cast flexible and suitable for doubling if needed, also allows for many cameo roles, lots of chorus work and is suitable for High School or Youth Theatre production.
 

 

Music.

Act One.

1. Horror Movie. Words and Music Greg Macainsh
2. The Wanderer. Words and Music by Earnest Maresca.
3. C’mon Everybody. Words and Music by Eddie Cochran and Jerry Capehart.
4. Horror Movie Reprise. (Scene change If required)
5. Rockin Robin. Words and Music by Jimmie Thomas.
6. Rockin’ Robin Reprise. (Scene change If required)
7. Abra-cadabra Words and Music by Steve Miller.
8. Abra-cadabra Reprise (Scene change If required)
9. Happy Together Words and Music by Garry Bonner and Alan Gordon.
10. Stray Cat Strut. Words and Music by Brian Setzer.
11. Johnny B. Goode. Words and Music by Chuck Berry.
 

Act Two.

12. Rock Around the Clock. Words and Music by Max Freedman &Jimmy de Knight.
13. Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On. Words and Music by Sunny David & David William.
14. Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On Reprise (Scene change If required)
15. The Locomotion Words and Music by Gerry Goffin and Carol King.
16. That’s Old Fashioned Words and music by Baum, Grant and Kaye.
17. Tell Him. Words and music by Bert Burns.
18. Tell Him. Reprise (Scene change If required)
19. Puppet on a String Words and music by Bill Martin and Phil Coulter
20. Long Tall Sally. Words and music by Entris Johnson, Richard Penniman & Robert Blackwell
21. Johnny B. Goode. Reprise. (Scene change If required)
22. Great Balls of Fire. Words and music by Otis Blackwell and Jack Hammer
23. Horror Movie. Reprise (Scene change If required)
24. I Only Want To Be With You. Words and Music by Ivor Raymonde.
25. Rockin Robin. For Bows. And Encore.

 

 

Cast

24 Speaking roles plus chorus.
Minimum Cast Required with doubling 6 Male 9 Female 2 M/F plus Chorus

Female:-

Miss Leslie. Drama teacher.(Could double with Morag.)
Maddie. Young woman, Confident, Brassy, Leader
Donna. Young woman, Weight conscious.
Pippa. Young woman, Unsophisticated, Blonde
Tess. Girl member of Robin’s band. (Could double with Pippa.)
Elvira. Daughter of the Sorcerer. ( Could double with Donna.)
Marion. Robin’s girlfriend.
Lady Morag. Overbearing mother of the Sheriff
Helen. Marion’s Servant. (Cameo role.)
Ruth. Servant to Morag. (Cameo Role.)
Lilly. Washerwoman. (Cameo role.)
Daisy. Farmers wife. (Cameo role.)

Male:-

William. Lighting man, Studious Type. (William must double as Will Scarlet.)
Frankie. Young man, Fancies himself as a lady’s man.
Johno. Young man, Shy studious type.
Robin Hood. As the name suggests.
Little John. As the name suggests.
Sorcerer. As the Name suggests.
Sheriff. The Sheriff of Nottingham. ( Could be doubled with Frankie.)
Oswald. Deputy Sheriff. Of Nottingham. (Could be doubled with Johno.)
Farm Lad. As the name suggests. (Cameo role, could be a girl.)

Male or Female:-
Mirror. Mobile Mirror in a frame. M/F (Cameo role.)
Dancing Cat. M/F (Could be a featured Cameo role.)
Trader. Vegetable seller at the Fair. (Cameo Role.)

Chorus may double as :-
Robin Hood’s Merry Men. Lackeys for the Sorcerer. Villagers. Cherry Pit Spitters. Farmers. Peasants. Stall Holders and Traders at the Sherwood Forest Fair.

Sample Script

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Instrumentation / Rentals

CD rehearsal backing track available.

Eb Alto Saxophone
Bb Tenor Saxophone
Bb Trumpet
C Trombone
Bb Lead
Eb Lead
Electric Guitar
Keyboard
Bass Guitar
Drum Kit
Percussion
(Tambourine,
Wood Block,
Glockenspiel)

Production Costs

16% of Box Office Gross. Music and script package $550.