Dreaming of Red Riding Hood

By Lee Frazier

Students perform new rendition of "Red Riding Hood"

“Red Riding Hood” is set to hit the stage at the Russell Tripp Theater. This will be a double-cast, musical version of the classic tale.

 

This will not be the traditional Brothers Grimm’s version with the Hunter, or the slightly gloomier Charles Perrault version, without the Hunter, but a version penned by Mike Kenny, a multiple award winning playwright.

 

The play follows Stephen and Bridget while they are having a sleepover at their grandmother’s house. To pass the time, the two tell stories, using items in the house as props. When fantasy and reality begin to overlap, they find themselves in the deep, dark woods, with a wolf stalking nearby.

 

“Because this one is such a big deal, whereas we bring elementary school students during daytime showings, there will be almost 5,000 kids over the course of pretty much all of February coming in to see this show. So, we run the show about 20 times for all the school groups. Because of that, it’s typically theater students, or any students, that are cast,” said Michael Winder, production coordinator for the theater.

 

While the show is being put on for kids, all are welcome to attend on the dates listed.

 

Not only does LBCC put on plays and musicals by college students, they also work with other primary schools as well. When a high school production needs a larger venue, the college will rent out the theater to these productions.

 

“We support the events that the  LB music program does. They do a concert every term plus a couple other events. We also support the theater program here, that does a show every term. The fall is normally a student-directed show, and every winter we have our big children’s show. The one up now, “Red Riding Hood”, is our 43rd annual production,” said Winder.

 

This production of “Red Riding Hood” will be using guest director Rebecca Douglas, whose previous work has shown at the Majestic and Albany Civic Theater. The play stars LBCC students Phoebe May and Samantha Johnson as Bridget, and Jacob Birchard and Jakob Holden as Stephen.

“I’ve had an amazing time in the LBCC theatre program, I’ve learned a lot, I’ve met some incredible people, and I’ve had many wonderful experiences. I would do it all over again in a heartbeat,” said Birchard.

 

The experience has been both a relief and a challenge at the same time. A relief that with this show being double cast it gives each set of actors a moment to sit back and take a breath while the others take over. This is a very high energy show and being able to take that time to center yourself is really nice. On the other hand there’s a lot of pressure with there only being two characters in the show, there’s a lot of lines to memorize and a decent amount of music too. But I think it’s all of the hard work that makes this process so worth it.”

 

According to the LBCC News Service, the showings are Feb. 10 and 17 at 2 p.m. in the Russell Tripp Performance Center, 6500 Pacific Blvd. SW, Albany. Admission is $8 for adults, $6 for under 18. Purchase online at www.linnbenton.edu/tickets, or at the door one hour prior to performance.

For more information, contact the LBCC theater box office at 541-917-4531. For special needs and accommodations, call 541‑917‑4789 or Oregon Relay TDD at 1‑800‑735‑2900 at least 72 hours in advance of this event.

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