LIMA — Fairy tales will be turned on their proverbial ears in the lastest McDonald’s Youth Theatre production of “The Adventures of Rose Red,” playing this weekend at Encore Theatre.
“Rose Red is Snow White’s less famous sister,” director Alice Donahue said. “She just turned 13 and everyone in the town is pressuring her to do something famous like her sister and the other inhabitants have.”
Everyone in town is obsessed with fame, according to Donahue.
“It revolves around the sensationalism of the press,” she said. “Everyone who has done anything to be famous has set it up. Miss Muffett arranged for the spider to come in so she could make the headlines. Little Red Riding Hood arranged to have her grandmother eaten.”
Rose Red, however, has other ideas.
“All Rose Red wants to be is a normal little girl,” Donahue said. “Everyone is trying to assist Rose Red in getting famous and she just wants to be a normal young lady.”
Those in attendance will love the humor in the play.
“It’s a ‘fractured fairy tale,’” Donahue said. “That’s how I look at it. It has characters you recognize, but they’re not at all what you expect them to be. It’s a really funny, cute show that is so well written.”
The local production staff also had license to modernize the content, making the play more accessible to younger audiences while still maintaining its fanciful nature.
“They don’t talk on cell phones,” Donahue said. “They talk on iMirrors.”
This weekend’s production promises to be fun for the entire family.
“It’s not a long play,” Donahue said. “It’s only about an hour and 15 minutes long, so it’s a nice way for people to spend an evening. Also, there is nothing offensive about it whatsoever. It’s just pure silliness. People need some silliness in their lives.”