When I was a kid, I loved to watch the TV cartoon "The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show," which included a regular feature called "Fractured Fairy Tales"- wacky remakes of traditional fairy tales, often with a
The latest production of the Same Difference Inclusive Theatre Co. (a troupe which includes actors with and without disabilities) is a fractured fairy tale - the lively "Big Bad Musical." Here, the
infamous Big Bad Wolf (Randy Skates) has been arrested. He stands accused of
blowing down the houses of the Three Little Pigs (Shelby and Garen Hasson, and Daoning Zhou); gobbling up Little Red Riding Hood (Kaitlyn Welsh) and her sweet grandmother (Joanna Collins), who are rescued by an intrepid woodcutter (Dennis Moritz); and terrorizing the Boy Who Cried Wolf (Makayla Walker), to the
dismay of his shepherd father (Woody Kelleher).
Representing the defense is the wolf's cagy attorney, the Evil Stepmother (Brigitte Gibbons). The prosecution features the incensed Fairy Godmother (Shenell Weis). A local television newscaster (Dorea Wilmoth) breathlessly reports the action. And a dim-witted judge (Shannon Prete) haplessly oversees the proceedings.
Meanwhile, the wolf's musical numbers are backed up by a sassy trio of Wolfettes (Heather Raymond, Tatum Curry and Nancy Coughlin). Oh, and did I mention that Little Miss Muffet (Tishina Walks) also appears on the scene, desperately searching for her tuffet?
Finally, although I may be slightly biased, I thought my teenage daughter, Becky, making her directorial debut, did a wonderful job, skillfully managing this large and diverse cast.
An English professor at Montana Tech, Henry Gonshak regularly reviews plays for
The Montana Standard.
If you go ...
The Big Bad Musical" opens at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 6, at the Same Difference Theatre, 900 W. Broadway St. The play continues at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $9 for adults and $7 for seniors. In honor of Mother's Day, mothers accompanied by children will be admitted free.