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Audiences join in children’s theater show

Dozens of local children and senior citizens this summer attended – and took part in – performances of “Little Red and the Hoods, an interactive play put on by a local children’s theater group, the Nancy Curvin Playground Players.

Eleven performances were held at local parks, day care centers and senior living centers.

This ninth season of the Curvin Players was co-directed by Kathy Collins ’09 and Elizabeth Chacchia, and performed by five local high school students or recent graduates.

Written by Karen Boettcher-Tate, the play revolved around the struggles of the Raggle Taggle Players as they attempt to perform “Little Red Riding Hood after several members of their company have abandoned them. Lacking enough actors, they turn to the audience for help in order to make the show a success.

Collins, an English major with a film concentration, said that the play was designed to involve the audience as much as possible. “The theme is an over-the-top, interactive, big show that teaches some kind of lesson, she said.

“There’s a lot of freedom of what the audience can do.

The Curvin Players was named in memory of Nancy Weir Curvin ’63, a former president of the Geneva Theater Guild.