Coming to Maplewood January 2015 – “Robin Hood: A Very British Pantomime!”

That’s right, Ladies & Gentlemen, boys and girls, Deadgood Events may have moved to the sunnier vales of California, but the Maplewood holiday Panto tradition will live on at the Burgdorff Cultural Center for 2 weekends on January 2nd-4th and 9th-11th. Watch this space for details on how you can score the hottest tickets in town.
Suburban Legend presents Robin Hood: A Very British Pantomime, a family show written, directed, produced by and starring local residents, with profits benefiting local charities. BOO the Sheriff of Nottingham! HUZZAH at the antics of Robin Hood and his Merry Band! Sing along to our silly songs and be ready to laugh some of the best worst jokes ever told in Maplewood.
The year is 1194. England’s King Richard the Lionheart has been captured on his way back from the crusades and is being held for ransom. His brother, Prince John, is hoping to align with France in order to take England’s throne in Richard’s absence, and has enlisted the ambitious Sheriff of Nottingham to help him raise funds for his cause.
Join Robin Hood and his band of merry outlaws, the feisty Maid Marian and her nanny Matilda, his young apprentices the Hoodies, the Real Housewives of Sherwood Forest and a mysterious deer as they fight together to stop the Sheriff and his sidekick Guy of Gisbourne’s wicked plan to overthrow the king!

British Pantomime continues in Maplewood under new production company Suburban Legend

Maplewood, NJ: Chrissy and Ridley McIntyre have formed a new production company called Suburban Legend Arts to assume the role of the vacating Deadgood Events. Following Deadgood’s two sell-out ‘A Very British Pantomime’ shows held at Maplewood’s Burgdorff Performing Arts Center, the new production team led by Chrissy and Ridley will take over and continue the tradition of British ‘Panto’ in the town. “We are very sad to lose our friends Liz and Gareth Jones of Deadgood but we felt the show must go on,” said Chrissy McIntyre one of the show producers. Kathleen Ash-Milby, the children’s director said, “I can’t imagine Maplewood without a panto now.”
The first production “Arrrr! A Very British Pantomime” introduced the town to the British holiday tradition of “panto.” It is a family show that is a cross between a fairy tale and a broad vaudevillian stage show. There are some classic pantomime tropes including the ‘principal boy’ which is always played by a woman, the ‘Dame’ which is always a man is garish drag and the plot usually ends with a ‘happily ever after’. In between all of that there is singing and joking, talking back and forth with the audience and a raucous good time had by everyone, young and old. Arrrr! raised over $3,000 for local charities.
The sell out show led to “Wotcha Gotcha” A Very British Pantomime the following year. This show, held over two weekends helped to raise over $6,000 that was given to local charities including Rent Party, The Jersey Animal Coalition and the Heifer Fund.
Now in it’s third year, Chrissy and Ridley have assumed the role of writers and will bring the story of Robin Hood, like you’ve never seen before! Once again, all the money raised will be given to local charities. The actors, directors, producers and all the behind the scenes helpers all graciously donate their time to create a very special theatrical experience to the families of our towns. You won’t want to miss this new show. It will be performed during the weekends of January 3rd and January 10th, 2015 at the Burgdorff Performing Arts Center in Maplewood.