Gould is approaching this adaptation in an open and collaborative way with all of the young, creative minds of the cast. He has created chapters of the story, a plan, key words, and key lines, and he is open, as a director, to accepting new ideas that come up in rehearsal. “This legend is 900 years old, and there is a reason a legend exists and persists, it has to strike a chord with successive generations. The idea of creative, mutualistic, happy-go-lucky redistribution of wealth will always be entertaining,” said Gould.
The humor will operate on a few different levels simultaneously. Like Shakespeare, there is something for the groundlings, something for the average viewer, and something a little high-brow.
The show plays at New England Youth Theatre, 100 Flat Street, on February 24 through March 4 on Friday and Saturday evenings at 7 pm and Saturday and Sunday afternoons at 2 pm.
Tickets are $7 for students, $9 for seniors, and $11 for adults. They may be purchased in advance at www.neyt.org or at the NEYT box office in person, or by phone (802) 246-6398, from 12 to 5 pm on Wednesdays.