MONMOUTH – Theater at Monmouth’s 2018 Family Show, “The True Story of Little Red,” will premiere at 1 p.m. Saturday June 30.
The new adaptation of the Brothers Grimm classic fairy tale will continue throughout the season, including matinee performances on both weekdays and weekends.
This modern-day twist on a century’s old classic, traditionally warning us not to trust strangers or to stay on the straight and narrow path, asks modern audiences to consider different points of view in an effort to avoid stereotypes and to better understand people different from ourselves.
The story is about Little Red who set off through the woods to bring sick Grammy some bread.
In the earliest European version of “Little Red Riding Hood” published by Charles Perrault (1697), the wolf devours granny and then dons her clothes and jumps into bed in time for the arrival of her granddaughter. The tension builds as Red ticks off a series of clues that should lead her to the conclusion that all is not well — “Granny, what big ears you have! What big teeth you have!” — realizing too late that this isn’t Granny at all and then the animal eats her up.
In Dawn McAndrews’ adaptation, the audience plays a huge role in determining whose story we get to hear and how different participants in the same event can see things very differently.
Director Tess Van Horn writes, “The exciting thing about this new version is how we are able to see the story from each character’s perspective. It breaks down some of the old-fashioned ideas of Red Riding Hood and the Grandmother being victims and instead gives each character a strong voice with independent thought.”
“The True Story of Little Red” has a lot to offer young people an opportunity to consider different perspectives and the importance of listening to all parties and withholding our opinions until we have the full story.
The play features Alexandra Curren as Red; Michael Dolan as wolf; Kevin Aoussou Carr as woodsman; and Maureen Butler as Granny. Set design is by Katie Keaton, costume design by Elizabeth Rocha, lighting design by Emily Beggs, and sound design by Rew Tippin.
Performances are July 7, 14, 21 and 31 and Aug. 4, 7, 10 and 6 at 1 p.m.