In the Tchaikovsky ballet Sleeping Beauty, there is a scene that features many fairy tale characters, including Little Red Riding Hood. Watch this brief moment and see how the story is told without words through dance.
This next piece is “Little Fred Riding Hood” a Fractured Fairy Tale segment that was featured on the television series Rocky and Bullwinkle during the 1960s.
These next two clips (in a playlist) are from the original Broadway production of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s Into the Woods, a musical that features several fairy tales coming together. Over the course of the first act, the fairy tales play out and reach their ‘happily ever afters’. In the second act of the musical, these endings get reconsidered. Here are Danielle Ferland and Raoul Westernberg in the two musical numbers that tell the story of Little Red Riding Hood. The rest of the action takes place offstage.
At this stage what do you think is necessary for a story to be identifiable as “Little Red Riding Hood”? Please comment.