The North Platte Community Playhouse’s Children’s Theatre Academy is off and underway.

About 30 students in grades 3-9 are participating in the workshop, preparing a full-length musical, “Rockin Robin Hood: The Musical.”

Told as an original story, Rockin’ Robin Hood begins in a happier time when Nottingham is wealthy and prosperous.

A young orphan Robin and his twin sister Hazel arrive with big hopes to open an archery shop, but immediately run into trouble. King Richard has recently left for the Crusades, so the rotten sheriff of Nottingham and his avaricious fiancé, Lady Blackwood, seize the opportunity to tax the town blind.

Robin quickly makes an enemy of the sheriff and eventually becomes a wanted man, an outlaw. By the time he escapes to Sherwood Forest, he’s met his legendary friends — Friar Tuck, Little John, Marian, and more — and brought the team together to help return what is stolen from the poor and eventually bring the evil sheriff down.

Loaded with action, chase scenes, prison breaks and an archery tournament that’s simple to stage, you’ll especially love the awesome score by the award-winning Rockwell and Bogart. With a wealth of ensemble numbers, it blends medieval ditties into upbeat rhythms and tempos, perfectly capturing the timeless spirit of our outlaw hero.

The students are rehearsing for four hours a day preparing for two performances — Saturday, July 21 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, July 22 at 2 p.m. Admission is a free-will offering to support programs such as this at the NPCP.

The NPCP Children’s Theatre Academy is made possible, in part, by Kwik Stop Food Stores, the Nebraska Arts Council and the Nebraska Cultural Endowment for the Arts.

Rockin’ Robin Hood is produced through a special arrangement with Pioneer Drama Service, Inc., and is directed by NPCP Executive Director Scott Carlson.