Seneca Drama Club presents “The Somewhat True Tale of Robin Hood”

Residents of Shamong and Tabernacle won’t have to travel far to get a taste of Broadway, as the Seneca High School drama club will present its fall show “The Somewhat True Tale of Robin Hood.”

The show’s assistant director Allison Dougherty, a world language teacher at Seneca, said this show provides a nice change up from the club’s annual spring musical.

“This show is a lot of fun. It’s light, smart and very funny,” Dougherty said. “The kids have been doing a great job with it.”

“The Somewhat True Tale of Robin Hood” provides a retelling of the fairy tale classic in a voice similar to Monty Python or Shrek. This time around, the legendary Robin Hood, in his never-ending quest to help the needy, encounters a lovely damsel-in-distress, Lady Marian, an ever-scheming sheriff who would rather bowl a strike than hit a bull’s-eye; a gold-hoarding, bad-guy monarch; 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. The light heartedness of the show is something the students have enjoyed.

“This is my favorite show that we’ve done since I’ve been here,” said senior Andrew Snellen who plays the dastardly Prince John. “It’s a really funny show.”

Junior Elisabeth Graham said play Director Joe Fisicaro, or as the cast more affectionately calls him “Fis,” always picks fun themes for the fall program.

“This show is so fun. We’ve done a murder mystery before and last year’s was a comedy,” Graham said.

Fisicaro teaches at Cherokee High School and serves on the Evesham Board of Education. He said that it is a goal of his to have the drama programs throughout the district collaborate and support each other.

“Shawnee High School is actually putting on the same show as us but a week earlier so we’re going as a cast to see their performance and then they’ll come to ours,” Fisicaro said. “I really want to reach the point where all the schools in the district are supportive of each other’s programs.”

Michaela Keating, who plays Lady Marian, is a senior and says Seneca shows have been a part of her life long before she was a student.

“I can remember coming to these shows when I was younger and just being in awe of the talent that Seneca had,” Keating said. “The shows were amazing to watch and now being a part of them is so great.”

Fisicaro said this year’s cast is ultimately responsible for the show being as enjoyable as it has been.

“The dynamic of this group is really incredible. They just enjoy one another so much. It really is like a family,” Fisicaro said. “Hopefully, the community will come out and support them and see the hard work they’ve put in.”