Musical gives 1950s rock n’ roll a fairy tale twist

A Company of Friends Theatrical Productions has been in rehearsals since before the holidays to bring the 1950s Fairy Tale “Doo Wop Wed Riding Hood” to the stage, with a rock ‘n’ roll twist.

The musical aims to be a hilarious and unique take on the familiar tale of Little Red’s trip to Granny's house. Little Red shows up with the cookies and gets a huge dose of ‘50s flair instead. Hula-hoops, saddle shoes, leather jackets and poodle skits are all the rage, while all the princes of the land wish to woo Little Red Riding Hood, an idea Little Red is not too keen on.

The wise Prince Jason, the strong Prince Justin and ordinary, but loud Prince Frank all want to woo Little Red Riding Hood. So the King and Queen hire the Fairy Godmother to set three tasks for the princes. Only the prince who can find the missing girl, defeat the dragon and awaken a castle visitor from her slumber earns the right to woo Red Riding Hood.

However, Little Red's couch-potato parents don't want to lose their little girl. How else will they ever get those cookies delivered to Grandmother? So, they hire the evil queen to thwart the Fairy Godmother's contest. Luckily, Little Red Riding Hood's two sisters, Big Green Riding Hood and Medium Purple Riding Hood, help balance out the danger. Complete with Big Bad Wolf, who looks a lot like Elvis, and a sock-hopping ‘50s score the story is sure to end happily ever after and hopes to deliver big laughs for the audience.

“The reason we decided to do this show, is because it’ll appeal to kids on the fairy tale side and it works for adults on the 1950s rock ‘n roll side,” said director Tammy Barton. “It’s a fractured fairy tale, loosely based on Little Red Riding Hood, but all in the 1950s. It’s very colorful, and fun people from 5 to 95 years old can enjoy.

“It’s an upbeat show, very funny, with humor kids will get and humor adults will get. We like to do shows like that”

ACOF was established in 1998, but before that, the AFOC was called the Fayette-Coweta Family Theatre. It started in 1990, and has become a family-oriented, intimate venue for families to enjoy.

The cast began working on “Doo Wop Wed Riding Hood” three weeks before Christmas, with a mix of familiar and fresh faces. “It’s always exciting to work with new blood,” said Barton of the new cast members, several of them in lead roles.

The ACOF invites you to join them for this musical that is great fun for the entire family. Performances are set for Jan. 23-24 at 7 p.m., Jan. 25 at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. and Jan. 26 at 3 p.m.

Shows will be presented at the historic Fayette Train Depot, 250 Lanier Ave. East in Fayetteville. Performances run about 75 minutes and include a 15-minute intermission, and will feature the Soda Shop — a 1950s-themed concession stand — where gifts inspired by the era will be sold.

Seating is limited to only 60 people per show, so making reservations is highly recommended. Opening night discount prices are $10 by reservation and $12 at the door. All other performances are $12 by reservation and $14 at the door.

To make a reservation call 770-599-0051 or e-mail acofdirector1@gmail.com. Payment for reservation is due at the Box Office before each show. Access to reservations and show information can be found via the website at www.fcft.net/ACOF .



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