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Fennville Dance Troupe to Perform "The Tall Tale of Little Red Riding Hood"
Posted: Jul 23, 2012

Thirty local children (ages 5-16) will take the stage in colorful, hand crafted costumes to tell the story of "The Tall Tale of Little Red Riding Hood" on Saturday, August 4 @ 4:00 PM at the Fennville High School Auditorium.  Rehearsals have been in session since mid-June, and many of the children have been spending 3 or 4 evenings each week at the dance studio learning choreography and refining their skills.  This is the third annual children's summer story ballet produced by Discovery Dance. 

School teachers, Svaja Mikulionis and Mari Billingsley from Fennville Elementary School; along with Discovery Dance artistic director, Claudette Lee, have created the all original choreography for this unique children's ballet.  With music from Amanda Seyfried, Santec Music Orchestra, Steppenwolf, Clever Girl, Dixie Chicks, The Temptations, Lenny Revell, Meyer, The Beatles, Monica Schroeder, Sister Sledge, and  River City Ramblers, the audience is sure to be pleasantly surprised with the variety of rhythms and dance styles.  

Erica Haywood, an 11 year old who dances the lead role of Little Red Riding Hood is an especially gifted young lady.  She has only been dancing for 3 years, but is mastering the art of classical ballet much faster than most of her peers.  "Erica has enormous potential in classical ballet.  She has the physical attributes of wonderful flexibility in her legs, hips and ankles,and feet along with a slim build and delicate features.  She is also a serious ballet student who diligently works to master the difficult skills of her art, both in the studio and at home.", says artistic director, Claudette Lee.

The story of "The Tall Tale of Little Red Riding Hood" is an unconventional twist on the classic tale.  It is the story of two families:  1. The "Riding Hood" family consisting of Little Red and her three sisters (Little Green, Little Purple & Little Blue), their mother and grandmother. They have plenty of food and are very content with their life. Their best friends are the two Woodcutters who come to the rescue of Little Red when she is in danger.   2. The "Big Bad" family consisting of Big Bad Wolf (a single mom), her two sisters, and 6 cubs.  They are a wild gang of wolves who are rough and mean at times, but only because they don't have enough to eat.  Big Bad wolf is just looking out for the welfare of her beloved cubs.

The story is set in a dense, northern forest where Blue Birds and Bunnies also befriend Little Red.

Cast list and hometowns follow: 

Little Red Riding Hood:  Erica Haywood, FennvilleBig Bad Wolf:  Megan Evans, Allegan

Woodcutters:  Reghan Adams, Fennville & Rachel Moore, Hudsonville

Little Blue:  Macy Ilmberger, Fennville

Little Purple:  Ally Giles, Hamilton

Little Green:  Alonna Lee, Fennville

Wolf Cubs:  Jessica Sanchez, Fennville; Madison Dalton, Fennville; Shamus Schneider, Pullman; Olivia Moore, Hudsonville; Morgan Latchaw, Fennville; Madison McAllister, Fennville.

Mother Riding Hood:  Cadence Mix-Dean, Fennville

Grandmother Riding Hood:  Zoe TenHagen, Fennville

Big Bad's Sisters:  Olivia Koch, Holland & Amanda Moore, Hudsonville

Blue Birds:  Summer Lozar, Fennville; Emily Marshall, Fennville; Anna Phillips, Fennville; Brianna Russell, Allegan; Rachel Haywood, Fennville; Maddie Latchaw, Fennville; Bryanna Bentley, Hudsonville

Bunnies:  Nidia Martinez, Fennville; Elizette Sanchez, Pullman; Ariel Latchaw, Fennville; Myke Phillips, Fennville; Zoe Evans, Allegan; Maritza Aguilar, Fennville. 

This show will be an exciting event for the town of Fennville and surrounding areas.  Don't miss it!

Show:Saturday, August 4 @ 4:00 PM, Fennville High School Auditorium. Tickets are $5 at the door.  Children 4 and under are free. The blossoming city of Fennville is actively promoting the arts with their newly formed "Fennville Arts Movement".

Discovery Dance is happy to announce that it has been providing high quality education in the art of dance to children and adults in the Fennville area for 5 years now! 

Contact Claudette Lee for more information or for an interview at (269) 355-0562 or site address:

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