It’s about time that the Big, Bad Wolf is served justice. And there’s a whole world of fairy tale characters prepared to witness against him in Knightdale High School’s latest musical.
Not only do the Three Little Pigs demand punishment, but so do Little Red Riding Hood and the Boy Who Cried Wolf.
The Evil Stepmother and the Fairy Godmother must debate for Mr. Wolf’s sentence in a courtroom setting.
Cloaked in silly characters, animated dance routines and catchy tunes, the narrative still manages to direct its audience through deeper questions of true justice and the nature of mankind.
Is Mr. Wolf a criminal, or was he made out to be one? “You’ll find it’s not that simple / Justice is never black and white,” cast members sing.
The play concludes with a surprising twist – the audience must determine Mr. Wolf’s fate.
After a few complicated plays and some deep themes in the past semesters, theatre arts director Nichole Gibbs said that she chose a script that would cater to a younger audience, specifically for their matinee on Friday, April 10 that is open to an educational program for visiting students.
“The music is really diverse. We’ve got everything from country to swing to hip-hop,” she said.
With the wide variety of numbers, Gibbs said that the students have faced challenges as they practice not only acting, but singing and dancing as well. The school’s dance instructor, choral teacher and band director assisted with the other elements.
Although lights and music are simple for the show, senior and technical director Christin Cunningham said that her team’s original idea has been tweaked and expanded to become more elaborate.
“This (set) has so many different elements to make it look enchanted,” she said. They used pine needles and real wood instead of painting them, she said.
DeShawn Grandchamps, a senior who plays the Big, Bad Wolf has acted in every school play since his sophomore year.
As for his character, he said the wolf is targeted by everyone in the cast. Throughout the play, his rough demeanor evolves into a more emotional side, which he finds interesting. And with a musical geared toward children, he said, the acting must be more animated as well.
If you go
When: April 10 at 7 p.m.; April 11 at 3 p.m.
Where: Knightdale High School auditorium