You've never seen Robin Hood and his Merry Men quite like this.

Studio 1's production of Larry Blamire's show is filled with plenty of swordplay, intense drama and comedic performances so good that you will laugh out loud.

Director Angela Daulton wanted the performers to get to the characters' hearts — what motivated them to fight alongside an outlaw like Robin Hood. And the cast has accomplished this beautifully. You care about these characters. There are some scenes that may bring you to tears, but there are just as many in which it will be difficult to control laughter.

Jason Matthews, who stars as the Bishop, is munching on an apple for most of the show. In between bites, he utters the silliest responses to the cruel Sheriff of Nottingham, played by Jeremy Engel.

Eliana Tate, as Marian, gives the character the gumption and girl power that she has lacked in the Disney portrayal. This is no damsel in distress. Marian can fight her own battles and does so with passion. 

Stone Notchey, as Robin Hood, is lovable, yet tough. He steals the show as the sword-wielding hero.

Ryan Gentry plays the character audiences will love to hate — the sinister Guy — a bounty hunter out to destroy Robin Hood and his band of Merry Men.

Jaxon Wilkerson shines as the tyrannical King John and Jeremy Engel is equally as good as the Sheriff of Nottingham.

It is fitting that Studio 1 followed its "Lion in Winter" production, which was in late March, with this one because a lot of the same characters are a part of this show. Barb Young plays Eleanor, King John's mother, in "Robin Hood." She has an air of aristocracy while maintaining a good relationship with others in the castle, including Marian. She knows that King John is a cruel ruler and sets out to "right" his wrongs.

Other standout performances were given by Caleb Rivera as Will; Jennifer Soulier as Riccon; James Hale as Little John; Kent Lewis as Friar Tuck; Katherine Holmes as Much; Hailey Korzekwinski as Meg; Sam Rasinske as Alan; and Grace Le Bleu as Ellen.

From the moment you walk into the theater, it feels like a forest, thanks to the scenic design by Carol Taylor and the set design by Ryan Gentry. The way they have used this space is truly remarkable. Costume designer Elizabeth Caddy has also done a terrific job in creating dresses and outfits that suit the show perfectly.

If you're looking for a way to escape the heat and enjoy an action-packed show filled with heart, then check out Studio 1's "Robin Hood."

NOTE: This isn't the Disney version of "Robin Hood." There are some dark scenes featuring violence, so it may be best to leave younger children at home. This show is best suited for teens and adults.

"Robin Hood" will be performed at 7:30 p.m. today through Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday in the Sara McMillan Brown Theatre at Studio 1, Holly Hill Mall and Business Center, 309 Huffman Mill Road, Burlington. Tickets are $16 for adults and $13 for students and seniors and can be purchased at www.brownpapertickets.com. For more details, call 336-534-0321.