School of Contemporary Dancers (Kids Fringe), to Saturday
An inspired and inspiring version of the classic tale, this Little Red Riding Hood offers fine family entertainment.
Directed by Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre’s artistic director Steven Schipper, the young cast (peopled mostly by members of MTYP’s Aboriginal Arts Program plus the program’s co-founder, Columpa C. Bobb, as The Grandmother) brings the forest world vividly to life.
In this version of the story, Red Riding Hood’s woodland friends want to help protect their pal from the nasty wolf, while a conniving fox tries to help the wolf get his human snack, whether the wolf wants his help or not. And the whole cast shines in these roles, especially Josh Ranville who is a knock-out as The Wolf.
Lovingly staged with elegant yet simple sets and costumes, puppets (both 3-D and shadow) and a huge dose of care, this is a joyful work to behold.
— Barb Stewart
From the official Fringe Festival program:
What's old is new again! The Aboriginal Arts Mentorship and Training Program at MTYP and the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre bring a modern, comedic retelling of Little Red Riding Hood to Fringe audiences.
Featuring Columpa Bobb and a talented cast, along with original music and enchanting puppets, this classic tale about the power of friendship is a must-see for all ages.
Directed by Steven Schipper
Recommended For: Especially for Kids (12 & Under)
Length: 60 MIN