Little Red Riding Hood

January 2006


Little Red Riding Hood 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”.

Cast

Dolly Dishcloth (Dame)

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

Crew

Director

Don McKay