For over 20 years the Batesville Area Arts Council, formerly known as the Rural Alliance for the Arts, has sponsored Prairie Fire Children’s Theater Camp in Batesville. "Another successful week of camp is currently in session!" reports executive director Sarah Heppner,
Sixty area youth will star in “Robin Hood” Friday, July 12, at 7 p.m. and Saturday, July 13, at 12:30 p.m. at the Batesville High School auditorium.
The musical is presented by the Minnesota-based theater company. The traveling directors will also both act in the play as well. Chris Guidi will portray Sheriff of Nottingham and Michaela Williams will portray Flora.
Actors live in Batesville unless otherwise indicated.
Maid Marian is portrayed by Alys Cochran. Oliver Moster, Sunman, is Prince John. Maddie Schrand is Anabel and Adalynn Fledderman is Jezebel. Wilhelmina is portrayed by Claire Adams, Alpine, Utah. Completing the Royal Family are Nina Houston, Giles County, Virginia, as Ariel and Bernadette Chipps, Sunman, as Juliette.
Robin Hood is portrayed by Chase Cummings. Mother is Marisa Fullenkamp. Little John is Quincy Adams, Alpine, Utah. Benjamin Lamping, Greensburg, is Friar Tuck, and Michael Weisbrod, Sunman, is Will Scarlet. Delia Filice portrays Cook Henny and Elliana McLain, Dillsboro, Rimshot.
The cast features a fun group called the Merry Band: Addison McGuire, Amaia Fullenkamp, Cooper Phebus, Rebecca Durham and Katelyn Rahe; Kaitlynn Hicks, Milan; Candace Washburn, Shelbyville; Jane Adams, Alpine, Utah; and Branneth Frey-Dorsey, Cincinnati.
Emme Belew portrays Bluebell and Grace Saner is Poppy. The group of Faeries are Alyssa Cummings, Nora Wiedeman, Abi Beaver, Mylaina Fullenkamp and Beatrice Geisen; Ashley Bender, Danielle Chipps and Reagan Wilhelm, Sunman; Lauren and Kate Triado, Woburn, Massachusetts.
Serenity Feldmann is Grunt. The Gnomes are portrayed by Kennedy Rasnick, Ryan McGuire, Presley Vanderpool, Levi Freese and Liam Dahl; Justin Hicks, Milan; Simon Chipps, Sunman; Elizabeth Washburn, Shelbyville; and Becca and William Knight, Belmont, Massachusetts.
Samuel Chipps, Sunman, is Deputy No. 1 while Nate Geis is Deputy No. 2. Other deputies are Aidan Belew, Ryan Geis, Olivia Phebus, Morgan Goewert and Matthew Geisen; Curtis and Jessica Bender, Sunman; Eric and Michael Lamping, Greensburg; Antonio Frey-Dorsey, Cincinnati; and Max Knight, Belmont, Massachusetts.
Heppner says, "I love this camp because there are students from many area towns and relatives of area residents from afar. It is awesome to see the range of ages (8-18) in this production and to see families come back year after year, renewing friendships made from past productions. What the students produce after only one week of practice should be seen! We hope to see you Friday or Saturday."
Tickets are free for students in high school and younger. Adult tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the door.