LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD is Storybook Theatre’s award-winning musical retelling of the famous fairy tale. There is a Granny at the Pianny, a funny wolf, and an adorable Little Riding Hood. Lots of audience participation as Little Red Riding Hood goes through the woods to Granny’s house. Fun for the whole family.
2014 -2015 Season
Theatre West in Association with Storybook Theatre Presents
LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD
Oct 11, 2014 thru March 7, 2015
Saturdays at 1PM
Adults $12., Children $10
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Now playing at Theatre West, Storybook Theatre’s award-winning musical Little Red Riding Hood is loosely based on the infamous fairytale with a naïve Little Red (Caitlin Gallogly) set amidst an absurd cast of characters that bear little resemblance to those in the original story.
Suitable for children 3 to 9 years of age, Storybook’s Theatre’s comical retelling of Little Red Riding Hood features an unreliable narrator (Barbara Mallory) who can’t keep her facts straight and an unintimidating wolf (Charlie Mount) whose ridiculous suit comes complete with suspenders and a squeaky black nose.
While the play’s comically drawn characters prompt more than just a few laughs, its success is rooted in its incorporation of audience participation. From the musical’s onset, viewers are moved to join in and have fun. In addition to a handful of tunes that are easy to follow, Little Red Riding Hood offers numerous opportunities for volunteers to climb up on stage and help Little Red get through the forest and out of harm’s way.
Founded by Lloyd J. Schwartz and Barbara Mallory Schwartz, Storybook Theatre has been presenting children’s plays for over 26 years at Theatre West, an internationally acclaimed nonprofit arts organization. Established in 1962, Theatre West is the oldest running theater company in Los Angeles. Not only have many of the theater’s plays transitioned to Broadway, but “some of Hollywood’s brightest lights have made Theatre West their artistic home, including Betty Garrett, Lee Meriwether, Richard Dreyfuss, Carroll O’Connor, Harold Gould, Beau Bridges, Martin Landau, Bridget Hanley and Philip Abbott,” as stated on the theater’s website.
Lloyd J. Schwartz is the man responsible for the story, lyrics, music, and direction of Little Red Riding Hood. Proudest of his many accomplishments in theater, the television writer, whose credits include The Brady Bunch and Gilligan’s Island, has had 34 of his plays produced, including each of Storybook Theatre’s. Most recently, Schwartz’s play Classic Couples Counseling was produced at Secret Rose Theatre with director Ted Lange, a mainstay of LA’s theater scene recognized by most as Isaac from The Love Boat.
Barbara Mallory founded Storybook Theatre with her husband after working with the Minneapolis Children’s Theatre. To this day, she remains active on stage as well as behind the scenes. In addition to her involvement with Storybook Theatre, she holds an impressive roster of acting credits, which range from Squeaky Fromme in Helter Skelter to Sister Claire onThe Young and the Restless.
Given his background in stand-up comedy, Charlie Mount’s humorous performance as the Wolf isn’t surprising. A longtime contributor to Theatre West, Mount served as the Artistic Director for its critically acclaimed Chestnuts Theatre Program. He also is a produced playwright and his credits include The Junto, Trumpets and Table-Tipping, and The Wall.
Caitlin Gallogly, who plays Little Red, is as adorable as she is talented. Her recent credits include roles in Visionary Man at Hudson Mainstage Theatre, The Women at Theatre West, The Belle of Belfast at Ensemble Studio Theatre, The Government Inspector at Boston Court, and The Queen’s Physician at Lamb’s Theatre in New York, where she was cast opposite Richard Dryfuss. In addition, she’s become the new voice of Kenny onSouth Park and has just finished wrapping her first feature filmRoad to the Well.
Kathy Garrick, who plays Granny, has been involved in several of Storybook Theatre’s productions, including The Ugly Duckling,Hansel and Gretel, Mother Goose: The Musical, and The Emperor’s New Clothes. She also is credited for her performances in A Very Brady Musical at Theatre West, City of Angeles at Shubert Theatre, In Trousers in LA and Off Broadway, andFalsettos at LA Theatre Works.
Last but not least is Matthew Hoffman who plays the Woodcutter. Cast as the hero of Little Red Riding Hood, Hoffman pulls off his part with a display of bravado that earns him a few final laughs as the production comes to a close.
Theatre West is located at 3333 Cahuenga Boulevard West, directly adjacent to Universal City. Little Red Riding Hood is scheduled to run through March 7, 2015. Tickets for Saturday matinees can be purchased at the theater or in advance at www.theatrewest.org. All shows start at 1 pm. Please note that the theater will be closed on December 27th. Ticket costs are $12 for adults and $10 for children. Free parking is available in the lot located directly across the street from the theater. For party reservations or to inquire about school field trips, please call (818) 761-2203.
CINDERELLA will open on March 28, 2015 and will run until July 11, 2015.
ABOUT STORYBOOK THEATRE
We do non-threatening, interactive musicals with a message for children 3 – 9 years old. The Los Angeles Times calls us “simply the best at what they do”, and Los Angeles Magazine says we are the “best in the City for the squirmy set”. Most importantly, LA Parent Magazine’s recent parent survey ranked us as the No 1 children’s theatre in Southern California.
We offer reduced rates for schools, and weekday matinees at 10 am to accommodate lunch needs. Storybook Theatre also is available for theatre games at the theatre, or its professional actors will come into your school for an unforgettable session.