Little Red Riding Hood January 2006
t is about a girl called Little Red Riding Hood, after the red hooded cape or cloak she wears. The girl walks through the woods to deliver food to her sick grandmother. A wolf wants to eat the girl but is afraid to do so in public. He approaches the girl, and she naïvely tells him where she is going. He suggests the girl pick some flowers, which she does. In the meantime, he goes to the grandmother’s house and gains entry by pretending to be the girl. He swallows the grandmother whole, and waits for the girl, disguised as the grandmother. When the girl arrives, he swallows her whole too. A hunter, however, comes to the rescue and cuts the wolf open. Little Red Riding Hood and her grandmother emerge unharmed. They fill the wolf’s body with heavy stones, which kill him. Other versions of the story have had the grandmother shut in the closet instead of eaten, and some have Little Red Riding Hood saved by the hunter as the wolf advances on her rather than after she is eaten.
The tale makes the clearest contrast between the safe world of the village and the dangers of the forest, conventional antitheses that are essentially medieval, though no versions are as old as that. It also seems to be a strong morality tale, teaching children not to “wander off the path”.
Dolly Dishcloth – Paul Riddy
Simple Simon – Les Roberts
Jill – Emma Wyse
Little Red Riding Hood – Markie Webb
Squire Smollett – Phil Collins
Samantha Smollett – Maxine Evans
Prince Valiant of Ruritania – Lynda Collins
The Princess Valet – Joanne Bowers
Count Calamitous – Richard Fitt
Crookback – Sylvie Townsend
Chorus – Julie Allwright, Joanne Bowers, Kelly Brown, Ian Francis, Ryan Hills, Alyssa Lawford, Martin Lilley, Val Linnell, Peggy Maggs, Keith Popely, Debbie Smith, Catriona Thompson, Simon Winter
Junior Dancers – Members of Stageworks, choreographed by Yvette Curtin
Director – Don McKay