Opera at Marshall performs ‘Little Red Riding Hood’

December 2, 2018

Ryan Fischer/The Herald-Dispatch Cameran Macklin, from left, as the wolf, acts out a scene alongside Cierra James, as Little Red Riding Hood, as the Marshall University School of Music's opera program presents Little Red Riding Hood on Saturday, December 1, 2018, in Huntington.

HUNTINGTON - Opera at Marshall took the stage Saturday afternoon at Marshall University in Huntington to perform a musical adaptation of “Little Red Riding Hood.”

The production is Seymour Barab’s opera interpretation of the popular children’s story, directed by Alexander Lee, the coordinator of voice music and opera director at Marshall. The production is specifically catered to children ages 4 and older.

Cayce Murphy, a sophomore music student at Marshall, shares the lead role of Little Red Riding Hood with Cierra James. Murphy said doing children’s theater is important for future music educators to open up varieties of audiences and expose them to music.

“You never know who’s going to be out there in the audience that might develop an inner passion for music, and we want to provide that impact for them as much as possible,” Murphy said.

Erika Riley brought her daughter, Kendra, and best friend, Sophie, to watch the production. She said having an affordable option to take the children to was a great experience for everyone.

“We don’t have a lot of culture options here, so it’s really nice to be able to bring them somewhere,” Riley said. “I thought it was great that they put in the music some things toward kids, like don’t take candy from strangers and do your homework.”

Kendra, 7, said her favorite part was when Little Red Riding Hood upset the Big Bad Wolf’s tummy by naming all the sweet treats in the basket she was delivering to her grandmother. Sophie, 5, said her favorite part was when the Big Bad Wolf chased Little Red Riding Hood around the house.

Opera at Marshall will perform the show while touring local schools next year. Donations were accepted at the conclusion of the performance to fund this effort, as the show costs $200 in licensing for each performance.

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