Little Red Riding Hood returns

By Zico Dumo

For the past 10 years, Centerstage Theatre has hosted a holiday-themed English pantomime version of Little Red Riding Hood.

An English pantomime is a musical that's part of a Holiday tradition in Great Britain. It typically involves a man dressed in drag, slapstick comedy, and local references all integrated into a classic story.

Little Red Riding Hood will follow the traditional story of a girl with a red hood that discovers her grandma in the clutches of the Big Bad Wolf. However, it follows the pantomime formula which includes an ugly "Dame" who'll be played by a man, verbal comedy routines and political references.

Angela Bayer, the managing director of Centerstage, said that each year the attendance ranges from 1,500 to 2,000.

"It's our biggest selling show," she said. "A lot of families have made it a family tradition."

The musical will premiere from Nov. 26, to Dec. 22. Showtimes are 7 p.m. on Fridays, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturdays and 2 p.m. on Sundays.

Ticket prices are $35 for adults; $30 for seniors and military; $15 for ages 18 to 25; and $12 for ages 17 & younger. Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling 253-661-1444. Tickets will also be available for purchase at the Knutzen Family Theatre's box office an hour before the show.

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