Petite Rouge with Stage One Family Theatre Review and Ticket Giveaway!
My husband and I love the theatre and both of us have participated in community and college productions in our lives before children, so we want to share theatre experiences with our children. However, my elder son is a busy child who has to move constantly. He has to process things by blurting out what he’s thinking about what he sees and hears, and not often quietly. He also interacts with what he watches. Our younger son is a typical toddler, who is prone to sudden bursts of noise and movement at random. These are some reasons why we haven’t attended many theatrical performances with them, even if they are specifically geared for children.
This afternoon, my family had the chance to see Stage One Family Theatre's rendition of Petite Rouge, a Cajun version of Little Red Riding Hood. This particular matinee was a sensory-friendly performance, which helped ease our concerns about taking the boys. It turned out the sensory-friendly aspects were a huge part of why we had such a great time. The house lights, over the audience, were on, but dimmed. The music wasn’t as loud as it tends to be during regular performances. There weren’t as many tickets sold for this performance, so that there would be plenty of space for families with kiddos who have sensory sensitivities to be able to spread out some. It was great that kids could cry out, make some noise, and move around (there was a lot of dancing going on to the great jazzy music!), without drawing a lot of notice. In fact, during a tense moment, my 4 year old needed to shoot out his webs, like Spider-Man, to help Petite Rouge escape Claude the Gator. No one was disturbed, like they might have been in a regular performance. My 1 year old was able to stand up and dance around a little bit, but also curl up in our laps quietly. The sensory-friendly experience is definitely making me think about asking grandparents for a family membership for the rest of the season!
We have read a couple different versions of the story of Little Red Riding Hood is a classic, so we were excited to check out this Cajun version. In this version, Petite Rouge is a little girl duck, who needs to watch out for “dem gators” in the swamp on the way to Grand-Mere’s house. Of course, despite her poor cat, TeJean, trying his best to keep her from stopping, Petite Rouge gets distracted and makes a few stops in the swamp on the way to her grandmother’s house. Petite gets tricked a couple of times by a wily gator named Claude, who is determined to have a delicious duck lunch. Thankfully, she and TeJean have a few tricks up their own sleeves!
The cast did a wonderful job of acting and seamlessly moving between characters and roles. For instance, there are three actors who played the other gators, Petite’s mama and grandmother, and a swamp chorus. My boys were fascinated by the actors’ makeup. So much so, they were a bit timid when we had a chance to meet them after the show. I couldn’t get over the costumes- so simple, yet cleverly representing the different animal characters (Halloween is coming and my 1 year old wants to be a crocodile. I made mental notes to help simplify his costume!). The music was well-done and well-paced, also. Overall, we were quite impressed and had a great time sharing quality theatre with our boys.
If you love the classics, then you will adore this toe-tapping musical fairy tale as hot as the Louisiana swamps. A red-hooded duckling named Petite Rouge and her sidekick Cat lead the Big Bad Gator on a wild "duck" chase through New Orleans. Take a trip to the bayou in this saucy, Creole romp; heapin’ with a side of low country jazz, blues, and zydeco music!
Watch the little white duck and her cat, TeJean, embark on a journey to deliver étouffée and gumbo to Petite’s sick grandmother. Following close behind them is Claude the Alligator, a gourmet chef who’s on the prowl for a special ingredient: duck! In this Cajun-themed version of the Red Riding Hood story, Petite and TeJean even end up in the middle of a Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans!
“Petite Rouge is set in the swamp but it’s also a fun and funny fairy tale, so I wanted a colorful bayou inspired by sunsets and Mardi Gras celebrations,” said Gil Reyes, director of the play. Reyes said he drew inspiration from his many years working as a co-artistic director at Theatre  and from performing with Radio Disney, where he entertained kids for hours on end.
Watch their “Behind the Scenes” video on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LNTyAVXBJhY&feature=youtube_gdata
The musical will take place at the KentuckyCenter and is recommended for ages 4 and up. Performances October 25 & November 1 - at 2 pm
For more information visit their website at http://www.stageone.org/
New this season
StageOne is excited to introduce a new StageOne Family Theatre Membership program, which provides unlimited visits to all StageOne Mainstage plays for a bundled price. A FamilyPass for four is only $125 ($350 value!). Memberships also includes special offers and discounts to various KentuckyCenter family events throughout the year. To purchase a membership, patrons can go to www.stageone.org/memberships or call 502.498.2436. Groups Rates are also available for parties of 12 or more. To purchase group tickets call 502.498.2447.
StageOne Family Theatre inspires children by opening the door to imagination, opportunity and empathy. It is dedicated to producing, presenting, and developing quality, diverse and affordable entertainment and to training and mentoring local youth in the arts. Learn more at www.StageOne.org or by calling 502.498.2436. StageOne receives support from Mr. and Mrs. David A. Jones, Lift-a-Life Foundation, the Fund for the Arts, YUM! Brands, PNC Foundation, Gheens Foundation, Kentucky Arts Council, D.D. Williamson, the Ogle Foundation, Brown-Forman, KentuckyOne Health, The Shubert Foundation, Louisville Metro Government, and Hilliard Lyons.
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