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DeCesare, Stephen (American playwright, composer, musical director, 1969-____), “Little Red Riding Hood,”

a 45-minute audience-participation musical in English, set in no particular setting, morning, 2003,

2m2f (+ extras + children’s chorus)

; • © 2003 by Stephen DeCesare; • in Stephen DeCesare’s Little Red Riding Hood (Johnston Rhode Island, U.S.A.: Bel Canto Music Publishing, The Author, 2003); • script/rights available from Bel Canto Music Publishing, c/o Stephen DeCesare, 66 North Williams Street, Johnston Rhode Island 02919-5155, U.S.A., e-mail sdecesare@mindspring.com, telephone (home/work) 401-751-3266. • Cited by Stephen DeCesare via ftp January 16, 2004; DeCesare says,

§ Dramatis Personae Narrator (m or f), any age, the scene setter and song leader; Big Bad Wolf (m), teens-20s, the villain; Four Woodsmen (m or f), age not important, rescue squad; Little Red Riding Hood (f), 10-12, a girl who did not heed her mother’s warning; Mother/Grandmother (f), Mother’s age 30s-40s/Grandmother’s age 60s, ____; Grandma’s Stage Manager/Assistant (m or f), age not important.

§ Synopsis “A Narrator gets the audience into the mood by having them to root for Little Red Riding Hood, the most colorful girl in the neighborhood. (Song: Go! Go! Little Red Riding Hood) Little Red Riding Hood’s mother enters and gives her daughter some very helpful advice (Song: Stop! Look and Listen) Little Red Riding Hood hears but does not heed the advice. She tells the audience of her journey that she will make. (Song: Into The Woods) Little Red Riding Hood exits, and the Narrator introduces the Big Bad Wolf. The Big Bad Wolf tells the audience that if they don’t watch out, he will get them, too. (Song: Big Bad Wolf). Little Red Riding Hood returns. She and the Big Bad Wolf have a conversation where the Big Bad Wolf discovers where she is going. He tells her to pick some wild flowers prettier than any she has ever seen before. These wild flowers only grow deeper in the woods. Little Red Riding Hood exits, and the wolf sings of his upcoming menu. (Song: Wolf’s Menu) The Big Bad Wolf exits The Narrator introduces Grandma and her new show, Cooking with Grandma. Today on her show she will be teaching the audience how to bake Sticky Buns. (Song: Sticky Buns) Grandma is just about finished when there is a knock and the door. The Big Bad Wolf pretends to be Little Red Riding Hood. He eats up Grandma. Little Red Riding Hood, upon arriving, is just about to go into the house. The Narrator and the chorus warn her of danger. (Song: Don’t Go In There) She doesn’t heed their advice, so the famous scene commences during which Little Red Riding Hood becomes the wolf’s next victim. The Narrator introduces the “Four Woodsmen,” a hip singing group specializing in music. (Song: Everybody Sing) The Narrator brings the Four Woodsmen to Grandma’s house where they hear the Big Bad Wolf snoring. They perform an operation on his belly Out rolls first Grandma and then Little Red Riding Hood. The audience chooses whether to forgive the wolf after he apologizes. If so, he is forgiven and all is well. If not, he is sent to the ACI (Animal Corrections Institution). Everyone takes the final curtain call. (Song: Go! Go! Reprise)

§ Comment “This musical derives from the story ‘Little Red Riding Hood.’ The is no set. Props in the kitchen table area suggest Grandma’s cooking show. • You can see and hear more from either www.belcantomusic.com or www.sdecesare.com.

§ Themes audience-participation, fairytale, Little Red Riding Hood, musical theatre, audience-participation, children, family-orientation.

See also Stephen DeCesare's

  • "Prodigal Son,” a 45-minute bare-stage musical in English, set in the Middle East, New Testament times, 3m1f (+ extras + children’s chorus)

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