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Children’s theater to present new take on a classic tale


A Children’s Theatre of the Mesilla Valley (ACT) presents “The Untold Story of Rose Red,” by Alaska Reece Vance, for both school and public performances in June.

School performances are 9:45 a.m. and noon Friday, June 24. Public performances are at 7 p.m. Friday, June 24, and 1 p.m. Saturday, June 25, at Rio Grande Theatre, 211 N. Main St. Downtown.

Tickets are $8 online and $10 at the door. Streaming tickets are $10 for an individual ticket and $30 for a family ticket.

The show is directed by Kai Alberson, Luis Castro and Jenna DerrGuitar.

Here is what Pioneer Drama Service said about the play: “Sugary sweet media darling Snow White thinks her fair sister, Rose Red (aka Little Rose Red Riding Hood of Sherwood Forest), never gets the credit she deserves. To set the record straight, Snow invites reporters Baby Bear and Mama Bear to give them the real scoop:  Rose Red is no helpless victim or weak-kneed witness — she’s the hero! Comical flashbacks come to life as Snow regales reporters with a series of stories about Rosie.  Featuring fun storybook, fairytale and pop culture cameos — from the Village People and bean-loving Jack Sprat to nefarious villains like the Sheriff of Nottingham and Big Bad Wolf — Rosie has the help of her ‘Gang of Gleeful Gals’ (think “Merry Men,” only female and more fierce) to send the villains packing and save the surrounding villages!” 

Vance lives in northeast Tennessee. She teaches at King University in Bristol, Tennessee, holds an MFA in acting, has directed numerous productions with various companies and is the founder and director of The Drifting Theatre, “a traveling theater company and artist collective based in the Appalachian Mountains of northeast Tennessee,” according to theater company’s website.

Visit www.achildrenstheatre.org.