Little Red Riding Hood, With Ashley Brooke and David Lind, Plays Circle in the Square Nov. 26-30
By Michael Gioia
The Circle in the Square Theatre School presents Little Red Riding Hood, a children's musical performed by CITSTS alumni, Nov. 26-30 at Broadway's Circle in the Square Theatre.
Little Red Riding Hood, a 50-minute musical version adapted by Lani Brockman for children grades K-6, features music and lyrics by Susan Bardsley. Performances begin at 10:30 AM.
Directed by Isaac Dayley, the cast includes Ashley Brooke (Little Red), Samantha Ballard (Grandmother), Nate Jensen (The Hunter) and David Lind (The Wolf). Following each performance, there will be a Q&A with the cast members.
Here's how the musical is described: "Little Red Riding Hood on roller skates? A vegetarian Big Bad Wolf? Little Red must overcome the challenge of getting a very large birthday cake past a very hungry Wolf to Grandmother's House!"
Little Red Riding Hood kicks off this year's Three Plays for Grades K-6, the popular program that began in 1994. This 2012-13 series is dedicated to the memory of Theodore Mann (1924-2012), co-founder of the legendary theatre and, until last winter, artistic director of both Circle in the Square and its acclaimed Theatre School.
Little Red Riding Hood will be followed by Cinderella, The Oldest Story Ever Told, written by David F. Eliet. This muti-cultural version features Cinderella tales from China, India and Africa (Feb. 4-8 and Feb. 11-15). The series concludes with The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, dramatized by le Clanché du Rand from the classic by C.S. Lewis (March 18-22).
Circle in the Square Theatre School (CITSTS), established in 1961, is the only conservatory affiliated with a Broadway theatre. Paul Libin is president, and E. Colin O'Leary is executive director. Among the school's alumni are Philip Seymour Hoffman, Kevin Bacon, Lady Gaga, Idina Menzel, Benicio Del Toro, Felicity Huffman and Molly Shannon, among others.
In addition to school and public performances of children's plays, the School also conducts classes on playwriting for third graders (at P.S. 11) with their short plays performed by graduate actors on Circle's Broadway stage.
The Circle in the Square Theatre is located at 50th Street, between Broadway and Eighth Avenue. For more information and to make a reservation, call (212) 307-0388 or visit CircleSquare.org.
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