The kids have watched a few of the books they read come to life on stage. For these performances, they know what to expect in terms of how the story will develop and end.
Last weekend, we went for something different. I brought the kids to catch Roald Dahl’s Little Red Riding Hood and The Three Little Pigs by the Players Theatre. It is based on Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes which we have not read, hence had no idea how the stories will be twisted and retold.
We were in for such a wicked time! Not only did Little Red Riding Hood shot down the wolf and made a wolf-skin coat for herself, she saved the third little pig from another big bad wolf only to make a pig-skin bag out of him at the end! (Though the choice of weapon wasn’t ideal, we respect that they were trying to keep to what the author wrote.)
Most of the kids in the audience found many scenes hilarious, as did mine. But I’m pretty sure that some kids, like mine, were puzzled with the plot twist from the classic version of stories they are familiar with. Both kids and parents mostly had issues on why / how the wolves were killed and why did Little Red Riding Hood made a pig-skin bag out of the third little pig at the end. I thought it was a nice touch for the performers to have a Q&A session with the audience at the end of the show. This way, the kids or adults could ask about the story or the actors themselves and have a better understanding of the show and story.
Even the husb enjoyed the performance with the bits of wicked humour that were picked up mostly by the adults. I thought the singing and music, which was based on the orchestral commissions by the Roald Dahl Foundation, were really nice. But it was their props that left me most impressed! I guessed as much when they revealed that the props were all handmade. The creativity and effort to make the props were amazing, especially the giant pop-up book to display as the houses of the Three Little Pigs.
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