Using photos from last week’s photo shoot, I created Wanted and Pay Your Taxes posters for The Somewhat True Tale of Robin Hood. These were designed to be yet another cog in Operation #SoldOutShow.
I wanted the pictures to look hand drawn so I used the Prisma app that create that look. If you don’t have the app, you should download it today.
Below you can see the evolution of the images from photograph to app filter to background removed onto parchment paper.
Here’s the finished product. Look for these on social media in the coming weeks as we use them to promote the show.
Wanted: Robin Hood for hilarious crimes against the crown. Getting to know Robin Hood.
The legendary heroic outlaw in green Robin Hood (played by Brendan Massar) with his band of Merry Men (played by Sean Burke, Ethan Bare, Logan Emmert, Pierson Castor, Steven Greenwood, Rowen Krantz, and Wesley Leaman) are Nottingham’s last line of defense from greedy Prince John (played by Braeden Weaver), evil Sheriff of Nottingham (played by Matthew Monroy), and posse of dimwitted guards (played by Nick Blair, Nolan Davidson, Rowen Krantz, and Wesley Leaman) as they attempt drain every last cent from the already poor townsfolk and usurp the throne for Prince John from his absent older brother Richard the Lionheart who is off fighting in the Great Crusade.
The only thing more dangerous than Robin’s aim with a bow or skill with a sword is his massive ego. Robin—who is often quite impressed with himself a blend of Dudley DoRight and Frasier’s Niles Crane—busies himself with robbing from the rich to give to the poor.
However despite any personal character flaws, his heart is good and pure as her pursues his true love Lady Marian (played by Lauren Torres).
Will Robin be able to foil the plans of the evil Prince John, save the people of Nottingham, and win the hand of Lady Marian? Find out on November 9, 10, and 11.
Not every damsel-in-distress needs saving. Meet the Fair Ladies of Nottingham.
Behind every great man is a great woman…or a surprised one. Maid Marian might be both. Meet her at Lampeter-Strasburg High School on November 9-11 when The Somewhat True Tale of Robin Hood opens at 7pm.
As the niece of King Richard and Prince John (played by Braedan Weaver), Lady Marian (played by Lauren Torres) is ideally placed as a double-agent spy passing information to the rogues of Sherwood under the nose of the evil Prince. All the while fending off advances from the despicable Sheriff of Nottingham (played by Matthew Monroy).
As Robin Hood‘s (played by Brendan Massar) true love, she shares in his quest to aid the needy. Although she isn’t without her own quirks as she has a strange obsession with skin conditions. Nevertheless she is kind and charming. This sometimes damsel-in-distress is an interesting blend of Emma Thompson and Miss Piggy.
Marian is attended by her Lady in Waiting (played by Cheyanne Waller) who is fed up with castle life. Lucky that it will be another 800 years until social media is invented, this Lady in Waiting is tired of keeping up with the latest gossip and fashion trends of court. She dreams of a simpler life. She has eyes on her own outlaw that lives in the forest of Sherwood.
Meet Nottingham’s local-yokel, Town’s Guy, in next month’s ‘The Somewhat True Tale of Robin Hood.’
Every town has one, the local-yokel who’s always on the scene ready to be interviewed by the evening news. Nottingham is no exception. Meet the Town’s Guy at Lampeter-Strasburg High School on November 9-11 when The Somewhat True Tale of Robin Hood opens.
Played by Steven Greenwood, the Town’s Guy is a good-natured fellow. He eventually befriends Robin Hood (played by Brendan Massar) and teaches Robin’s giant ego a few valuable life lessons along the way.
Interestingly enough, the Town’s Guy somehow manages to make his way into every scene, whether he belongs there or not. As the tale’s narrator, the Town’s Guy helps move the story along adding insight and a bit of stage magic when Robin and his band of Merry Men get into tight spots.
Meet Little John. You can ask him anything you want just don’t ask him anything too complicated.
You can ask Little John (played by Sean Burke) anything you want. Just don’t ask him anything too complicated. Meet Little John best man of Sherwood Forrest at Lampeter-Strasburg High School on November 9-11 when The Somewhat True Tale of Robin Hood opens.
As famous as Robin Hood is with the bow, Little John is with his quarterstaff.
The first thing you should know about Little John is that he is not little.
The second thing you should know about Little John is that he is Little. In fact, his real name is John Little.
Little John is the muscle in Robin Hood‘s (played by Brendan Massar) band of Merry Men along with Allan Adale, Will Scarlet, and Friar Tuck to name a few. He is also his second-in-command lieutenant. What Little John has in brawn in lacks in brains. While his heart is always in the right place, Little John is chronically a day late and dollar short. He’s the first to lead the charge against the evil Sheriff of Nottingham (played by Matthew Monroy) and posse of guards but its typically in the wrong direction. Robin could not ask for a more loyal friend.
Meet Allan Adale the traveling minstrel in Robin Hood’s band of Merry Men.
Meet Allan Adale at Lampeter-Strasburg High School on November 9-11 when The Somewhat True Tale of Robin Hood opens.
Allan Adale is a member of Robin Hood‘s (played by Brendan Massar) band of Merry Men along with Little John, Will Scarlet, and Friar Tuck to name a few. If you compared the Merry Men to a pack of happy, not-too-bright stray dogs few would argue the point. As far as Merry Men go, Allan Adale is slightly brighter than Little John, but that isn’t saying much.
Alan isn’t the best fighter. He’s more of a minstrel often providing musical entertainment for the band of outlaws. Alan enjoying spinning sometimes exaggerated tales of Robin’s deeds, spreading the bold outlaw’s fame throughout the land.
Meet Will Scarlet; Robin Hood’s brightly colored Merry Man
Meet Will Scarlet the red clothed outlaw of Sherwood Forrest at Lampeter-Strasburg High School on November 9-11 when The Somewhat True Tale of Robin Hood opens.
Will Scarlet (played by Ethan Bare) is in Robin Hood‘s band of Merry Men along with Little John, Allan Adale, and Friar Tuck to name a few. If you compared the Merry Men to a pack of happy, not-too-bright stray dogs few would argue the point.
As the youngest member of the Merry Men, Will Scarlet is a scarlet-clad dandy, obsessed with fashion. Like the rest of the band of outlaws, Will Scarlet has a heart of gold although a bit of a wise guy
Friar Tuck bringing the good word to the good men of Sherwood.
Meet Friar Tuck at Lampeter-Strasburg High School on November 9-11 when The Somewhat True Tale of Robin Hood opens.
Friar Tuck (played by Pierson Castor) has a deep love for food, ale, and God. In what order though is anyone’s guess.
This man-of-the-cloth’s friendship with Robin Hood (played by Brendan Massar) began the same way Robin starts most of this friendships…with a fight. From that time on, Friar Tuck took on the role of religious shepherd providing guidance and ministering to Robin and his band of Merry Men.
Don’t underestimate Friar Tuck because of his size. He is a dangerous opponent. Just ask Robin Hood. He bested the hooded outlaw in that fight on their first meeting.
The good Friar is quick to quarrel with anyone who slights him, deprives him of his food, or makes fun of his girth. In fact, he’s a dangerous, hot-tempered opponent who is skilled with the sword.
Meet the Phony King of England, the evil Prince John.
This 1 percenter needs you to pay your taxes 💰 so he can have his cake 🎂 and eat it too. The younger brother of King Richard the Lionheart, Prince John (played by Braeden Weaver) is selfish, greedy, and a bumbling doofus. While his noble older brother is off leading the Great Crusade, Prince John has been left to rule Merry Old England in his steed. Unfortunately, he’s incredible inept with no real regard for the welfare of the country or its impoverished people.
Prince John relies on the villainous Sheriff of Nottingham (played by Matthew Monroy) with his posse of dimwitted guards (played by Nick Blair, Nolan Davidson, Rowen Krantz, and Wesley Leaman) to carry out his dastardly deeds of taxing the poor people of Britain to pieces.
The one person preventing Prince John’s plan of usurping the throne from his absent older brother and robbing the people of England blind is the legendary hooded hero in green, Robin Hood (played by Brendan Massar) and his band of Merry Men.
Too late to be known as John the First, a better description for this despicable money hungry monarch is John the Worst. When the history books are kept, Prince John will undoubtedly be known as the phony king of England.
If you upset this villain, be careful he doesn’t grab a spoon. Meet the evil Sheriff of Nottingham.
The Sheriff of Nottingham (played by Matthew Monroy) is Prince John’s right hand lieutenant. While Prince John (played by Braeden Weaver) is a bumbling doofus, the Sheriff is anything but. He is a far more dangerous foe to Robin Hood (played by Brendan Massar) and his band of Merry Men than Prince John ever will be. He’s a cunning rival; a real threat to Robin’s happily ever after ending.
My name is Mary Lynn Dobson and I wrote The Somewhat True Tale of Robin Hood. I got a google- alert about the play that sent me to your blog. I just want to tell you I think the work you’re doing is amazing and your creativity is awesome. It looks like you’re going to have an incredible production.
Also, the cast looks great. Seriously, everyone looks completely perfect for their roles. When you see them, please give them my best tell them I said, “break a leg”.
Again, I really enjoyed seeing your work.
Thank you so much for your kind words! I will be sure to pass them on to the cast. We would love for you to attend the show. We have free tickets for you and your entourage. We’re in Lampeter, Pennsylvania near Lancaster. The show is November 9, 10, and 11.
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