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Clayton State University Music Drama: Little Red Riding Hood
Presented by the Department of Visual and Performing Arts/Division of Music
Seymour Barab: Little Red Riding Hood
Directed by Dr. Kurt-Alexander Zeller
Conducted by Dr. Richard Bell
Students from CSU’s Music Drama Workshop present Seymour Barab’s witty operatic version of the timeless story of Little Red Riding Hood. Suitable for children but with some lessons for adults, too, Barab’s story of a little girl who thinks the rules apply “to everyone but me,” a surprisingly spry grandma, and a ravenous wolf “with a delicate digestive tract” has something for everyone.
The spring Music Drama Workshop production is an operatic treatment of Little Red Riding Hood, written in 1964 by Seymour Barab (1921-2014). Mr. Barab, a noted ‘cellist who performed in the San Francisco Symphony, the Cleveland Orchestra, and the Galimir Quartet, was also an active composer, characterized by the New York Times as most “widely known for lighter one-act works whose accessibility, tunefulness and economy of scale made them among the most frequently performed operas in the world.” Little Red Riding Hood, an hour-long one-act treatment of the classic tale, is a classic example of all of these qualities, and its witty presentation of a little girl who thinks that rules apply “to everyone but me,” a surprisingly spry and voluble grandma, and a wolf “with a delicate digestive tract” should delight children (elementary school age and up) and adults alike. The production, which features CSU Music Drama Workshop students in all the roles, will be staged by Director of Vocal Studies and Opera Dr. Kurt-Alexander Zeller and conducted by Director of Instrumental Studies Dr. Richard Bell, with design by Assistant Professor of Theatre Derrick Vanmeter and several of our Bachelor of Arts in Performing Arts Theatre students. Performances are at 7:30 in Spivey Hall on Friday and Saturday, 21 and 22 April 2017. Tickets are $10 general admission, $5 students and children, and free with valid Laker ID.