Stage Right will present “Little Red The Musical” at the Lamp Theatre on July 21 at 7:30 p.m. and July 22 at 10 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Pictured from left to right: Eilish Morse-O’Rourke, 18, from Monroville; Hannah Liotta, 16, from Greensburg; Ben Pimental, 19, of Mt. Pleasant.
Stage Right Presents a Fresh Take on a Popular Fairytale in “Little Red”
Stage Right will present a tuneful take on the age-old tale, “Little Red The Musical” at The Lamp Theatre in Irwin the weekend of July 21 and 22.
“Little Red” is an adaption of the beloved fairytale of Little Red Riding Hood. The original musical was created by Stage Right’s award winning writing team of Anthony Marino, Greg Kerestan and Lena Gabrielle who also wrote “Sleeping Beauty the Musical” and “Tink! the Musical” which was one of the winners of the New York Musical Festival last year.
The family friendly “Little Red” tells the story of Little Red Riding Hood. Little Red is a headstrong young girl determined to take on life’s adventures. First up — a trip to Grandma’s house on her own. But first she needs to convince her mom she’s ready and then she has to outwit the wolf that lurks in the forest.
Marino, Artistic Director of Stage Right, said he is very excited to be putting on this show once again.
““Little Red” was mine and Greg and Lena’s first collaboration, and it marked the beginning of a very fruitful partnership. Returning to the show has been a great delight. Lena’s music is contemporary but evocative of all the moments it is a part of. I love writing with her. This takes the Little Red story to a different place and brings it back to a familiar end that I think people will really enjoy,” Marino said.
The first time Stage Right put on this performance was three years ago and there are a few familiar faces in the cast from the show’s first run. The show is starring Hannah Liotta, 16, of Greensburg as Little Red. She is joined by Ben Pimental, Emily Kane, Eilish Morse-O’Rourke, Greg Kerestan, Amanda Womack, Anthony Marino, Rylan Jenkins-Snaith, and featuring Renata Marino.
Ben Pimental of Mt. Pleasant is one of the cast members who was in the production originally when Stage Right debuted it to the world in 2014. In fact, he is reprising his role as Adolpho that he originated.
“It’s really interesting since I’ve been away training with completely different people. It’s really interesting remembering what I did back then and how I’m going to do it differently now,” Pimental said.
“It’s so cool to have a cast member, Ben, who was in it as a student when he was young and to have him come back as an accomplished college actor and see how what he had brought to the role has changed. It’s all an example of our mission,” Marino said.
Greg Kerestan of Greensburg wrote the lyrics for “Little Red” back in 2014, but this time he is also performing, playing the role of George Underwood.
“Being in “Little Red” is a curious experience. I barely remember writing it, as I was finishing grad school and the show was being written by Lena Gabrielle in her travels across the east coast. On top of that, it was such a snowy season that I missed many performances and rehearsals, so doing the show now feels less like working on an original show I helped write, and more like doing a show I am slightly familiar with but haven’t seen in a few years,” said Kerestan.
““Tink” and “Sleeping Beauty” were shows that Lena and Tony and I spent months working on together. That was a process where we workshopped things, were hands on in development. “Little Red” was an experiment in long distance collaboration, with a composer who dropped in once a week and wrote songs on the subway back and forth from work. Getting to spend a few weeks with it every day feels like a luxury after the hectic nature of the original student company production,” said Kerestan.
Performances will be July 21 at 7:30 p.m. and July 22 at 10 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. All shows will be performed at The Lamp Theatre in Irwin. Tickets for the evening shows are $10. For the morning show, tickets are $5 for students and $8 for adults. For tickets, go to www.lamptheatre.org or call 724-367-4000 or 724-832-7464. Tickets will also be available at the door one hour before each performance.