The Cameron University Department of Music and Southwest Oklahoma Opera Guild have collaborated to bring Seymour Barab’s hilarious children’s opera “Little Red Riding Hood” to life. Starring Cameron students senior Sabrina Harrell, senior Jonathan Phelps and junior Anjelika Ramsdell, the production is directed by Dr. Earl Logan, professor of music. Yiuka Chan-Spannagel, adjunct instructor of music, will provide piano accompaniment. A free performance will be presented on Sunday, March 6 at 3 p.m. in the McCutcheon Recital Hall. This production of “Little Red Riding Hood” is most appropriate for children K-4th grade.
“Little Red Riding Hood” is a delightful adaptation of the fairy tale classic, in which the scary wolf is transformed into a comic character and important lessons about life are learned. Little Red Riding Hood’s mother sends her to Grandma’s house with some treats. She takes her time in the forest, singing with a mockingbird and picking strawberries. The wolf appears, assures her he is not a stranger, and calls her by name. As she tells him about her sick Grandma, the wolf feigns interest and compassion, but when she begins to tell him about the treats she is bringing Grandma, the wolf’s stomach begins to sour, as sweets make him sick.
Angered and embarrassed by what she has done to him, he goes to Grandma’s house intent on eating Grandma and having Red for dessert. He is the first to arrive at Grandma’s and chases the woman around until she locks herself in the closet. Disguised as Grandma, he grabs Little Red Riding Hood when she arrives. She starts talking about the strawberries she picked in the forest, and the wolf begins to lose his appetite again. Grandma and Little Red Riding Hood talk about sweets until the wolf crawls out of the house.
In addition to the free public performance, the production is midway through a tour that presents the child-friendly opera at five Lawton elementary schools.
For more information, contact the Cameron University Department of Music at 581-2440.
March 1, 2011