6 characters; 2M, 2F, 2 Either. 5 pages in length. Approximately 5 minutes running time. A comedic adaptation of Little Red Riding Hood written by Andy Pavey.
Little Red is a wacky adaptation of Little Red Riding Hood. In this version, the narrator takes a bit of creative license and spins a tale that includes all the favorite characters and a travelling salesman. When the hungry wolf has the poor salesman for lunch, the wolf assumes his identity and heads to grandmother’s house for seconds! Will Jack the Lumberjack save Red and granny before they become dessert? This delightful new spin on a classic tale will have all ages howling with laughter!
Andy Pavey is a commissioned playwright, who writes short plays for Drama Notebook. He is a student who attends UWC-USA. He previously spent nine years with Davenport Junior Theatre, the second-oldest children’s theatre in the United States, where he acted in productions, managed the props building, and wrote plays for young actors to perform. In addition to writing, Andy is an avid backpacker!
Excerpt from the play:
CAST OF CHARACTERS
Big Bad Wolf
At rise, the stage is filled with trees and bushes. LITTLE RED enters and begins to walk. The LUMBERJACK is on the other side of the stage, chopping down trees.
Once upon a time, in the deep, dark forest, a young girl named Little Red Riding Hood was on a journey to her grandmother’s house.
Excuse me? Who are you?
I’m the narrator. I’m supposed to, um, control everything you do and everything you say. No big deal.
Well, if you think you’re so smart.. what am I thinking about right now?
Easy. You’re thinking about the color blue.
LITTLE RED gasps.
LITTLE RED (quietly)
Let’s keep this between you and me, okay?
Little Red continued her long walk through the woods. Soon she came upon a fearsome lumberjack.
Hello, sir, how are you? I’m Little Red Riding Hood.
Nice to meet you. I’m Jack the Lumberjack.
LITTLE RED (to NARRATOR)
Wow. Very original.
Your parents named you after a piece of cloth, so…
Why are you out in the dark, dangerous woods all alone, Little Red Riding Hood?
Why are YOU out in the woods all alone, huh? Get lost!
I was just trying to start a conversation.
Little Red bid farewell to the Lumberjack and kept walking down the winding path.
LITTLE RED (to NARRATOR)
I just want to say that this story is complete garbage. First, I meet a lumberjack named Jack, and now I’m walking down this path AGAIN? I’m surprised the audience isn’t falling asleep by now.
Huh. Is that a challenge? It sounds like a challenge to me.
Show me what you’re made of!
From far away, Little Red Riding Hood heard a terrifying noise. It almost sounded like… her grandmother… being eaten alive… or something. I don’t really care at this point.
How DARE you! You won’t get away with this!
LITTLE RED begins running down the path again. In front of her, a SALESMAN enters. The SALESMAN talks extremely quickly and clearly.
Little Red stopped. For before her was a terrifying sight: a travelling salesman.
Oh, you really ARE cruel, aren’t you?
Hello, how are you, great to meet you, I’m Sal, Sal the Salesman, pleasure doing business with you today. I’m the founder and CEO of Sal’s Simply Scrumptious Sweets. “Simply Scrumptious
Since 1966!” Can I interest you in any of our sweets today?
I’m getting a headache just listening to this guy.
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