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October 5, 2001


LA CROSSE, Wis.—The Missoula Children’s Theatre and 50-60 La Crosse area children will bring the tale of Red Riding Hood to life as part of the Arts for Young America program at Viterbo University on Saturday, Oct. 27, in the Fine Arts Center Main Theatre.

Red Riding Hood (not so little anymore) and her pals head "over the river and through the woods" where they are joined by the Big Bad Wolf, who’s not so bad after all, and a friendly Forest Ranger  who urge our heroes to stay true to the path, for in the shadows lurk diversions and a sinister surprise or two. A pack of woefully nasty young wolves, the Three Little Pigs, a Boy Who Cries Wolf, and a handsome woodsman, too good to be true, are also part of this unique retelling.
With help from her family and a loyal young locksmith, Red finds her Grandma and a whole lot more. This full-scale musical stars local children who will rehearse with members of Missoula Children’s Theatre the week prior to the show. Missoula cast members teach the children how to perfect the craft of professional theatre while building self-esteem through experience.

Founded in 1970 by Jim Caron who still serves as executive director, the Missoula Children’s Theatre is a touring company that invites children in its host community to be the stars in the show. Its members teach children how to perfect the craft of professional theatre while building self-esteem through experience. Missoula Children’s Theatre’s mission is to provide quality educational, entertainment, and enrichment experiences through the performing arts.

Red Riding Hood is part of Viterbo’s Arts for Young America program and is sponsored by Ronald McDonald House Charities of Western Wisconsin. It is supported, in part, by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin.

Performance times are 3 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Ticket prices are $9 for adults and $7 for children 12 and under. For more information, contact the Box Office at 796- 3100.

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