Theatre Quadra will proudly present Robin Hood and The Babes in the Wood at Quadra Community Centre November 15 - 17. The play is a panto in which genders get blended, logic yields to farce, the audience gets involved and most anything can happen.

Hood is written by Ben Crocker and co-directed by Kate Alexandra and Linda Lolacher, both of whom have helmed numerous spirited productions for Theatre Quadra. The cast contains many TQ stalwarts and a talented bunch of newcomers.

This is the fifth panto written by Crocker that TQ has produced. Cinderella, Dick Whittington, Jack and the Beanstalk and Sleeping Beauty have also regaled Quadra audiences.

The panto tradition was born in ancient Rome, but came of age in 19th Century England. Fittingly, Hood is set in Sherwood Forest not far from London. Robin (played by Karen Holmes) protects the peasants from the evil Sheriff of Nottingham (Mike McIvor).

Robin leads a merry band of rogues, including minstrel Alan-a-Dale (David Pumple), feisty Little Joan (Aayla Moon Anctil), jovial Friar Tuck (Ken Burns) and Robin's sweetheart (Emma Arps).

Guy Holmes is the warm-hearted dame Winnie Widebottom and Jenny Zoia plays the Sheriff's hapless sidekick Dennis. Ruby Anctil and Will Lornie play Tillie and Tommy, the Sheriff's niece and nephew.

Ruby and Ivy Johnston provide the voices of Rabbit 1 and Rabbit 2, and Br'er Warren lends a hand (two, actually) as the puppeteer. Ivy and Linnea Lee portray the Wood Nymphs. The choir, comprised of Leslie-Ann Hart, Aquilina Mitchell, Kornelia Mitchell, Stacey Neilsen, Jeannie Schweitzer and Sheryl Stanton, performs various roles.

Tickets will soon be available at Inspirations, Works of H'Art and the Music Plant in Campbell River. They will be $18 for adults, $10 for students and $2 for children under 12. Doors for the Friday and Saturday performances will open at 6:30 p.m. with the show starting at 7 p.m. For the Sunday matinee, it will be doors at 1:30 p.m. and show at 2 p.m.

Please come share this wonderful family fare with us.