Little Red Riding Hood: a Feminist Ecological Musical
Fort Salem Theater presents a revival of ‘Little Red Riding Hood: a Feminist Ecological Musical,’ for one weekend only, July 17 to 19. The show is appropriate for all age groups.
“Environmental activism was very big in the mid-70s,” says Jay Kerr, artistic director and author of the musical. “And at the time, feminism was a concept men (and most women) had yet
to grapple with. I felt if we explored the issues with young people, in a generation the problems would all be solved.” As he reviewed his old script, Kerr noticed similarities between this year’s nascent presidential platforms and his old show. “The almost 40-year-old piece stayed current. Which means that most of the problems have not yet been solved,” he added.The title character happens upon a wolf in the woods. He has just been dismissed from a summit called by Mother Nature, exasperated by the sad shape of the world she has nurtured. The songs amusingly combine the tuneful with the topical. “Fairy tales were originally aimed at adults,” noted Kerr, “and adults will find a lot to take away from our version of the classic story. The kids will be amused at adult actors being silly.”
The cast features Sara Curtis, with Katherine Skinner, Maureen Reilly Pagano, and three recent graduates from Salem Central School, Wilson Padgett, Ben Phillips and Ollie Thomas-Roberts. The play runs Friday, July 17, at 8 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, July 18 and 19, at 2 p.m. For information and tickets, visit fortsalemtheater.com or call 518-854-9200.