October 22, 2021

West Chester University Opera Theatre Stages ROBINRobin hood HOOD 

West Chester University’s Opera Theater presents ROBIN HOOD with music by Ben Moore and libretto by Kelly Rourke on Friday, November 12 at 7:30 p.m., and Saturday, November 13 at 2 p.m. Performances are staged in the 1200-seat Emilie K. Asplundh Concert Hall, Philips Memorial Building, 700 S. High Street, West Chester. General Admission tickets are $7 at  www.wcupatix.com.

Wells School of Music’s Director of Opera Nicholas Provenzale says, “We are thrilled to return to the stage with ROBIN HOOD, a classic tale of triumph over corruption with a modern twist. Sung in English and just under an hour long, this ROBIN HOOD is packed with action and beautiful music.  We invite the entire community to join us in this fun, family-friendly adventure.”

Moore and Rourke’s ROBIN HOOD premiered in 2017 at the Glimmerglass Festival, a professional summer opera company dedicated to producing new works. West Chester University’s production will be the show’s collegiate premiere. Composer Ben Moore will meet via zoom with West Chester opera students on Wednesday, November 3, for coaching and a question and answer session.

“It will be an honor and a wonderful learning experience for our students to meet with the composer,” says Provenzale.  “We are grateful for Ben’s participation.”

The cast of ROBIN HOOD includes Won Kim (Elkins Park, PA) as the title character and Evelyn Stohlman (Dumfries, VA) as Marion. Other cast members include: Albert Gonzalez as Sheriff (Scranton, PA), Sofia Bobrysheva as Scarlet (Downingtown, PA), Aaron Hungerford as King Richard (New Holland, PA), Jessica McNeely as Scout (Yardley, PA), Jamie Quinter as Ronnie the Riveter (West Chester, PA), Abigail Agulnick as Jackie the Janitor (Parkesburg, PA), Matthew Quarles as Sam the Scribe (Eden, NY), Joseph Galdi as Jo the Jailor (King of Prussia, PA), and Micah Leary (Eden, NY) as a collaborative pianist.

Limited parking is available across and along the street just outside the Philips Memorial Building. Parking is also available in West Chester’s M Lot, just a short walk South. Purchasing tickets in advance is strongly encouraged.

All faculty, staff, students, and visitors, regardless of vaccination status, are required to wear a mask which covers their nose and mouth when indoors. Face masks may be worn when outdoors, but it is not an obligation of this policy notice. Mask and COVID-19 safety measures at West Chester University will continue to be updated here. Please check ahead for updated information before attending your performance.



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