Announcing auditions for our Spring 2023 show,
"The Somewhat True Tale of Robin Hood"...

What: Auditions for The Shelburne Players’ production "The Somewhat True Tale of Robin Hood," by Mary Lynn Dobson, directed by Su Reid-St. John and produced by Jill Silvia


When: December 5 and 7, 2022 from 6:30 to 8:30 PM (pick just one night to attend). If you cannot attend either night, please email director Su Reid-St. John at to set up a virtual audition. If needed, callbacks will take place on December 8 from 6:30 to 8:30 PM.


Where: Pierson Library, Community Room, 5376 Shelburne Road, Shelburne, VT


Rehearsals begin: January 17, 2023


Production dates: March 17-25, 2023


About the show: “It sure is hard to be humble when you're a swashbuckling, egocentric super-hero. But our gallant guy-in-green tries his best as he swaggers through The Somewhat True Tale of Robin Hood, a frantically funny, Monty Pythonesque retelling of the classic. This time around, the legendary legend, in his never-ending quest to aid the needy, encounters a lovely damsel-in-distress (oddly obsessed with skin conditions); an ever-scheming sheriff who would rather bowl a strike than hit a bull's-eye; a gold-hoarding, bad-guy monarch wannabe; and a good-natured "Town's Gal/Guy" who manages to make their way into every scene, whether they belong there or not. Combine them with an expandable band of spoon-wielding Merry Men (and/or Women) whose collective IQs equal six, and you've got an irreverent jaunt through Sherwood Forest you won't soon forget!.”*


About the cast: There are lots of roles (between 10 and 25) for all genders and ages 16+, including:


  • Robin Hood (stage age 25-45): He’s quite impressed with himself (think Dudley DoRight crossed with Frasier’s Niles Crane). To feed his ego, one must fill a void the size of the Grand Canyon. However, his heart is good, for his mission is to help the homeless and poor of England.

  • Lady Marian (stage age 25-40): She is the niece of King Richard and Prince John. She is also Robin’s true love. She is a cross between Emma Thompson and Miss Piggy. She is kind, charming, and shares Robin’s quest to aid the needy. However, she has a strange obsession with skin conditions.

  • Prince John (stage age 25-40): He’s typically evil, selfish, and greedy, and has positively no regard for the welfare of England or its people. Should be largely despicable.

  • Sheriff of Nottingham (stage age 30-55): He shares all of the Prince’s prime qualities. Moreover, he is a master sportsman and Robin’s chief rival. He also hopes to marry Marian.

  • Town’s Gal or Guy (stage age 25-65): This is the story’s narrator, who befriends Robin and helps him out of a few tight situations while teaching him some valuable lessons at the same time.

  • Lady in Waiting (stage age 20-60): She is devoted to Marian but fed up with life in the castle.

  • The Merry Men (and Women) (stage ages 16-60): Collectively, this bunch should behave somewhat like a pack of happy but not-too-bright stray dogs.

  • The Fawning Theydies (stage ages 16-60): This collection of silly, preening courtiers has a grand total of about half a brain among them—think cotton candy in human form..


Please complete the audition form here and bring it to your audition.

Audition sides:

pages 10-13 - Robin, Merry Men, Town's Gal/Guy

pages 14-17 - Robin, Sheriff, Marian, Merry Men

pages 21-24 - Prince, Sheriff, Marian, Fawning Theydies

pages 28-32 - Marian, Lady, Robin

pages 49-50 - Marian, Prince, Sheriff

pages 52-56 - Robin, Town's Gal/Guy, Merry Men

pages 65-69 - Robin, Marian, Prince, Sheriff, Town's Gal/Guy, Merry Men


* synopsis courtesy of Dramatic Publishing