Children to offer ‘Walk in Woods’

FAIRMONT – When Goldilocks meets up with Red Riding Hood, and Jack Horner is being pursued by the Butcher, Baker and Candlestick Maker, what you get is far from a simple walk in the woods.

But this Sunday, Fairmont’s Children’s Theater will perform “A Walk in The Woods,” by Debbie Metzler, from Pioneer Drama Services at the Fairmont Opera House. Show time is 3 p.m.

The 20-member all-female cast is being directed by Danielle Cagle.

“We have a lot more done than I thought we would at this point,” Cagle said during a recent rehearsal. “They work hard. It amazes me that at 8 a.m. they are here and they have their lines memorized and their blocking on stage where they are supposed to go.”

This is the first time directing for Cagle, who has acted in several Civic Summer Theater performances at the Opera House.

“The Children’s Theater committee had four plays picked out as options,” Cagle said. “I’ve always liked fairy tales and Disney, and I had ideas for this play as soon as I saw the title.”

While it is the first time directing for Cagle, it is also the first time in recent years that all the participants are female.

“We had 20 try out, and that was the number of parts, so it was perfect,” Carlson said. “It was perfect for those who auditioned, so we didn’t have to leave anyone out.”

“A Walk in the Woods” is the collaboration of several classic fairy tales and rhymes, tying together such classics as “Goldilocks and the Three Bears,” “Red Riding Hood,” “Three Little Pigs” and “Hansel and Gretel.”

“It’s good for kids of all ages,” said Lisa Carlson, chairwoman of the Children’s Theater committee. “It’s appropriate for younger children, or those who might be interested in participating in Children’s Theater in the future.”

Tickets for Sunday’s performance are available at Hy-Vee, or one hour before showtime on Sunday at the Opera House.