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'Marian' opens tonight on Ridgewater College stage in Willmar

Erica Dischino / Tribune Alanna disguised as a merry man, played by Paige Bajari, from left, fights with Will Scarlett, played by Lindsay Hinkemeyer, while other merry men watch. The play “Marian, or The True Tale of Robin Hood” shows at 7:30 p.m. tonight through Saturday at the Ridgewater College Theater in Willmar. 1 / 6
Erica Dischino / Tribune Alanna, played by Paige Bajari, shoots a bow and arrow in the opening scene of “Marian, or The True Tale of Robin Hood” during a dress rehearsal Monday at Ridgewater College in Willmar. 2 / 6
Erica Dischino / Tribune Prince John, played by Gabriel James Ryland, is comforted by the sheriff, played by Anton Switajewski during a dress rehearsal for “Marian, or The True Tale of Robin Hood.” 3 / 6
Erica Dischino / Tribune Much, played by Andy Hughesdon, shoots a bow and arrow in “Marian, or The True Tale of Robin Hood” by Adam Szymkowicz. The play shows at 7:30 p.m. tonight through Saturday in the Ridgewater College Theater in Willmar. 4 / 6
Erica Dischino / Tribune Marian, played by Kayla Watson, left, and Prince John, played by Gabriel James Ryland, discuss future plans during a dress rehearsal for “Marian, or The True Tale of Robin Hood.” The Ridgewater College play shows at 7:30 p.m. tonight through Saturday at the college theater in Willmar.5 / 6
Erica Dischino / Tribune Marian disguised as Robin Hood, played by Kayla Watson, from left, reveals her true identity after she asks Alanna, played by Paige Bajari, to help her take off her hat and hair pins in “Marian, or The True Tale of Robin Hood.” 6 / 6

WILLMAR — Ridgewater College in Willmar presents "Marian, or The True Tale of Robin Hood," by Adam Szymkowicz, at 7:30 p.m. tonight through Saturday.

All tickets are $5 and general admission. Call 320-222-7605 for a reservation and tickets will be available at the door.

The play is a farcical look at the story of Robin Hood, where Maid Marian is the true leader of The Merry Men.

Marian, who is also Robin Hood, uses her position within the castle to become a "double agent" of sorts.

She disguises herself as a man (Robin Hood) to lead the Merry Men on their heists of the Prince's beloved gold, and to free those who have been imprisoned for not paying their taxes.

The play is a farce, but also examines the roles of gender in society and what it takes to be taken seriously as a person.

Kayla Watson plays Marian and Robin Hood. Other members of the cast are Gabriel James Ryland, Paige Bajari, Anton Switajewski, Lindsay Hinkemeyer, Cole Woltjer, Jennifer Conness, Allison Somody, Declan Walters, Chris Ness, Andy Hughesdon, Mikiaela McCormick and Corin Gauer.

It is directed by Matt Hegdahl who also did the scenic design and technical direction.

The lighting design was by Eric Harp and Kirsten Campbell is the stage manager.

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