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Tuesday, April 9, 2024

"little red riding hood"

for the past month we've been hard at work on this year's children's theatre production of "little red riding hood" at the university.  well, really it's been longer than that . . .  

back in october, noah and i started writing the script for this year's show instead of using an existing script.  we kept working on it straight through the winter and finished it up in time for rehearsals to begin a month ago.

i mentioned last year when we did jack and the beanstalk that children's theatre is near-and-dear to my heart and it's a genre of theatre that i absolutely love.  i have never done "little red riding hood" before and thought it would be a good choice for this year, but i didn't like the endings of the existing scripts so i decided to make my own version.  i never thought i would tackle the project of scriptwriting, yet here we are . . .

i wrote the script, directed the show, and designed the costumes and scenery.  ryan was the technical director, production manager, and lighting designer.  we both oversaw props and audio.  

noah was everyone's supervisor and executive producer.  he was a trooper through rehearsals and absolutely loved sitting and watching the runs of the show!  (i must have done something right to hold the attention of a 19 month old baby for 45 minutes straight!)

i can't even believe that after all of our hard work, "little red riding hood" is over.  i'm exhausted, but i'm sad to see it go because i really put my heart into this show and enjoyed the process.  i had a good time putting the show together and i'm proud of the outcome . . . really proud of this one.  i told the cast and crew that we created magic together and that's exactly what we did for over 1,300 people who came to see the show.

here are a few photos i snapped on my phone during our final dress rehearsal . . . 

love, laurie


Mom H. said...

I LOVED the show and was really happy that I saw it three times! You, Ryan, Noah, the cast, and crew did a fantastic job with this one! You all should be very proud of the production. I agree that it is sad that it is over. I think the cast all had a good time performing. I loved the music, the scenery, the costumes, the lights, everything! Great job!!! I look forward to seeing more excellent children's theater productions in the coming years. It is great to see it back at Marywood. I'm sure Doc is smiling from Heaven and thrilled that children's theater is hopefully here to stay!

ma and pa camlet said...

You really should be proud of yourself for what you created, we definitely are proud of you. That was an undertaking and it turned out fantastic. You certainly created a little magic. Yes, you did something right to capture Noah's attention for every show. What other child has a live stage play to watch rather than an iPad?