|Gwen Plitt, in the fur coat, plays the part of Bridget in Red Riding Hood. The Bumbershoot Children's Theatre musical opens on Jan. 16.|
The musical runs Jan. 16-26.
Created in the U.K. by playwright Mike Kenny and composer Julian Butler, the story unfolds during a sleepover at grandmother's house, but the actors and audience are soon magically transported into the forest.
Taking the lead roles will be two seasoned Kelowna adult performers, Gwen Plitt as Bridget and a familiar mystery performer who is new to the Bumbershoot stage as Stephen.
The Stage magazine described the U.K. production as "â€¦ a clear and comic telling of the story that the children will remember all their lives."
A new Bumbershoot community involvement feature will debut with a special community night program on Friday at the theatre, which will be partnered with the RCMP.
The 45-minute program will begin at 6 p.m. with Bumbershoot artistic director Tracy Ross reading the story of the Red Riding Hood play to a family audience. RCMP representatives will then relate the story to real-life experiences with strangers and how children should handle them.
Similar partnered themes will be featured with other Bumbershoot 2014 productions.
Red Riding Hood will be will be presented on Bumbershoot Theatre's stage at 125-1295 Cannery Lane from Thursday through Saturday evenings at 6.30 p.m. and Saturday matinees at 2 p.m. The dates are Jan. 16 -19 and Jan. 23 -26. There will also be Sunday afternoon matinees at 2 p.m. on January 19 and 26. Tickets are available at the Bumbershoot box office at the theatre or by calling 778-478-0142.
Ross said the music as well as the script, which is full of humour, as "truly fantastic."
The all-ages production will follow the children, who decide to pass the time at grandmother's house by acting out their favourite story with things found around the attic, including clothes from the wardrobe. Soon what's real and what's imagined blur, and the children find themselves in the deep, dark woods, with a wolf tracking them down.
Subscriptions for the 2014 season are now available with season and family passes through the Bumbershoot website, bumbershootthreatre com.
Bumbershoot, launched in 2009, is a non-profit registered charitable theatre company dedicated to introducing Okanagan youth and children to the magic of the theatre.
In addition to its live theatre performances the children's theatre company also offers a full selection of drama workshops and classes.
Another activity is its residency program, which is done in conjunction with participating Okanagan schools. The program offers a week-long in-school program, which immerses students in a drama workshop as part of the school's curriculum. After gaining first-hand drama knowledge and experience the students host a performance for their parents.