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Apple Hill will stage humorous take on 'Red Riding Hood' with 'Lil' Red'

Patrick Varine
| Thursday, July 19, 2018, 3:15 p.m.
Apple Hill Playhouse in Delmont
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Apple Hill Playhouse in Delmont

What if Little Red Riding Hood was near-sighted and wanted to hook her widowed mom up with the local woodsman?

Add a wolf who’s struggling to keep up the family tradition of gobbling up tasty victims, and you have the elements of Richard Kinter’s musical farce, “Lil’ Red,” based on the classic folk tale that dates back to 10th-century Europe.

The title character, Rose Bluebell, longs to have a father figure in her life, and so she decides to try and pair up her mother, Milaminia, who never stops talking, with woodsman Anxious Evermum, who is too timid to speak most of the time.

When Rose loses her glasses — an all-too-frequent occurrence — she doesn’t realize that her first encounter in the woods is with a frustrated wolf, who is looking to carry on his family’s tradition of eating up the locals (no wonder the Grimm Brothers adapted this one for their collection of dark, gothic fairy tales).

The show opens July 31 at 11 a.m., with additional performances Aug. 1-4 at Apple Hill Playhouse, 275 Manor Road in Delmont.

For more, or to purchase tickets, call 724-468-5050 or email boxoffice@applehillplayhouse.org .

Patrick Varine is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Patrick at 724-850-2862, pvarine@tribweb.com or via Twitter @MurrysvilleStar.

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