Fantasy. By Aurand Harris. Based on the English folktales of Robin Goodfellow and scenes from William Shakespeare's play A Midsummer Night's Dream.
Cast: 4m., 1w., 1 either gender with doubling, or up to 12 (4m., 1w., 7 either gender). This enchanting fantasy is a felicitous blend of slapstick, suspense, music, dancing and Shakespeare's lyric poetry. It is a refreshingly fun-filled way to introduce children and teens to the wonderful world of Shakespeare. Mischievous young Robin sets out to find his fortune and encounters Oberon, king of the Wee People. Oberon himself is a merry prankster, and he auditions Robin for the position of his royal jester. In the wood, Robin hoodwinks two rustics, Bottom the Weaver and Quince the Carpenter. Through magical means, he tricks Queen Titania into falling in love with Bottom, who sports a donkey's head. All the comic confusion and the merry madness of a midsummer night end happily. Two simple sets. Costumes: Elizabethan rustics and elfin sprite costumes. Approximate running time: 45 minutes.