ACT­ING OUT ‘Robin Hood’ swoops into Serenbe

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He’s had a Broad­way ca­reer al­ready as an ac­tor and chore­og­ra­pher, but now Paul McGill is do­ing some­thing he has al­ways wanted to do – di­rect his first show. This sum­mer, the openly gay McGill helms Serenbe Play­house’s new ver­sion of “Robin Hood,” about the out­law who steals from the rich and gives to the poor. It’s a great fit for his tal­ents.

McGill grew up in Pitts­burgh and knew he wanted to be in the arts at an early age. He was do­ing the­ater at the age of 10, and at 17, as a ju­nior in high school, was a swing for the Broad­way ver­sion of “La Cage Aux Folles.” He’s also worked on “Bul­lets Over Broad­way,” “A Cho­rus Line,” “Mem­phis” and the big bud­get “Spi­der-Man: Turn Off the Dark.” His TV cred­its in­clude “Smash” and his film cred­its in­clude the re­make of “Fame.” He also had the plea­sure of train­ing Laverne Cox how to dance for last year’s TV ver­sion of “Rocky Hor­ror Pic­ture Show.”

“She is a friend of mine and she had not danced since col­lege,” McGill said. “She is a hard­core ac­tress now, but she wanted to get in shape for this. She knew I had got­ten ev­ery­one in shape for ‘Hed­wig and the An­gry Inch’ on Broad­way. She thought I would be the best pick. We worked two hours a day, six days a week, to get her able to do her num­bers.”

McGill re­cently heard about what a col­league did at Serenbe and wanted in.

“I knew a friend of mine – Adam Koch – was a set de­signer for [Serenbe’s 2016] ‘Carousel’ and I saw the pho­tos and I was ob­sessed with what they were do­ing here,” he said. “He put me in touch with Brian [Clow­dus, the com­pany’s artis­tic di­rec­tor] and we talked and met and then had ideas about what I would do if I came down. We came up with ‘Robin Hood’ based on what I had done with ‘Spi­der-Man: Turn Off the Dark.’”

With fly­ing, zip lines and com­bat, the two wanted to tell the story in as ex­cit­ing a way as pos­si­ble.

“What I was at­tracted to, it’s not stan­dard the­ater,” McGill said. “It’s creative and ab­so­lutely site-spe­cific. The fun of that chal­lenge at­tracted me.”

As di­rec­tor, he wanted to give due to

June 9, 2017

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