Archive | January, 2017
Red Riding Hood

Red Riding Hood

BATS Theatre Co. Inc. is proud to present

Red Riding Hood

Family Pantomime

Written by John Crocker and Eric Gilder

Last day for our family pantomime today. We have had some great feedback from audiences:

Thank you to the cast of Red Riding Hood! We had the best afternoon, watching our kids laughing and loving your pantomime. One of them was laughing so hard he struggled to stay on his seat! (via Facebook)

My children loved it so much and so did I. The script was fantastic and all the actors did an amazing job! It was heaps of fun with lots of laughs and good moments. The costumes were wonderful and the music, everything was great! (via e-mail)

The last shows are at 10am and 4pm today. Book your tickets now on 07 5445 2515 before you miss out!

By arrangement with Origin Theatrical™ on behalf of Samuel French, Ltd. with special permission to perform a condensed version of the show by Samuel French Ltd and Origin Theatrical.


rrhsquareRed Riding Hood runs a farm with the help of some friendly local yokel villagers. Her friend Bo Peep is her shepherdess, and keeps losing her mischievous sheep, Baa and Baa-Baa. Fortunately, they usually seem to come home, wagging their tails behind them. Red pays rent to the Squire, but he is pocketing all the rent instead of sending it to the King. She is celebrating her eighteenth birthday, and struggling to make ends meet, but unbeknownst to her has become heir to a fortune left to her by her ancestor, Robin Hood.

William Wallace; Jacob Shannon

William Wallace; Jacob Shannon

Her grandmother, Dame Trot, suffers from short term memory loss, but with the help of the audience, remembers there is a will, and eventually where to find it. The Prince and his page Poppet come to find out why they haven’t received rent from the region for over a year. The Prince has a curse on him that he is unable to speak to young ladies – he gets tongue-tied, so he decides that he and Poppet should become a woodcutters. Of course being a woodcutter, he has no trouble speaking and he and Red Riding Hood become friends.


Mandi Hardcastle; Alex Tillack

Jacob Shannon; Jack Simpson; Ava Newton; April Newton

Jacob Shannon; Jack Simpson; Ava Newton; April Simpson

Meanwhile, Bo Peep has lost her sheep, and Poppet the Page helps her get them back into line. The Squire plots to get Red Riding Hood in his clutches, as he knows that she has become wealthy even before she does. He elicits the help of his two sons, Hardy and Foolhardy; but the names say it all. They disguise themselves as trees to spy on the woodcutters.

The wolf starts off as a typical wolf minding his own business, but because Demon Sheerspite spelled him to be able to talk, he has to do what he is told by the Demon. The Squire and Demon Sheerspite work together to get Red Riding Hood’s money, enlisting the Wolf to help them. Happily there is the Dowager Fairy Dutiful to thwart all their evil plans, and she even spells the Wolf to become nice. The end scene is the classic “What big eyes/ears/teeth you have” but with a pantomime twist. All ends happily ever after.


Red Riding Hood – Tayla Simpson

squire_rrhRed is hoping for adventure in her life, now she has turned 18. What with meeting a handsome stranger, being chased by a wolf, and being left a fortune in a will, she finds it! Tayla has previously appeared in Addams Family (Coolum 2016), Senses Working Overtime (Festivals Tour 2016), Grease (Show Co 2015), All for One (Lind 2015) and Summer Wonderland (Lind 2013).

Dame Trot – Kennedy Fox

Dame Trot has a terrible memory. Luckily, the audience help her find plenty of Forget Me Not flowers to bring it back. Kennedy has appeared in musicals, comedies, dramas and pantomimes across the Sunshine Coast, including Cinderella for BATS in 2015. He is also a very experienced director including Crown Matrimonial (BATS 2013), Habeas Corpus, Bullshot Crummond, Play On, The Unlikely Prospect of Happiness, Room to Move and Thriller of the Year. He is directing The Fox on the Fairway for BATS later this year.

Bo Peep – Ava Newton

dame_bopeepBo Peep is Red’s shepherdess, but she isn’t very good at it as she keeps losing the sheep. Ava has appeared in many pantomimes with BATS and Caloundra Chorale, as well as appearing in Palmwoods Indee shows. She has previously worked with the sheep Jack and April in children’s theatre as well.

Sir False Hood – Jeff Gowlett

Sir False Hood is the Squire, and Red’s distant cousin, and is scheming to rob Red of her inheritance. Jeff has extensive pantomime experience, and his handlebar moustache makes him perfect for the villain.

Hardy Hood – Alex Tillack; Foolhardy Hood – Mandi Hardcastle

foolhardy_hardy_squireHardy and Foolhardy are the Squire’s non-too-bright sons, who try to help but are just as likely to sabotage his schemes. Together they are a fun comic duo. Alex appeared in And Then There Were None (BATS 2015) as well as a number of pantomimes and one act plays for BATS. Mandi has appeared in Grease (Caloundra 2015), All for One (Nambour 2015), Sweet Fanny Adams (Nambour 2014), West Moon Street (Nambour 2013), An Actor’s Nightmare (BATS 2012). She won silver and bronze medals at the World Championships of Performing Arts in LA in 2015.

Baa – April Simpson; Baa-Baa – Jack Simpson

sheep_1Baa is the white sheep, and Baa-Baa is her brother, the mischievous black sheep who leads her astray. April and Jack have both performed in productions at their school, as well as with Indee Theatre and BYTES.

Prince Florizel – William Wallace

prince_rrhThe Prince is painfully shy, but hits on the trick of pretending to be a woodcutter so that he can talk to girls. Can he manage to propose before his deception is revealed and he can’t speak again? William has appeared in The Private War of Corporal Cooper (Lind 2016) and Four Weddings and an Elvis (Lind 2014).

Poppet – Jacob Shannon

Poppet is the prince’s faithful page, but is also ready to help Bo Peep find her sheep. Jacob has appeared for the Lind in All for One, Keeping Down with the Joneses (both 2015), Sweet Fanny Adams (2014) and Summer Wonderland (2013).

Fairy Dutiful – Diana Meyers

demon_fairyThe Dowager Fairy Dutiful is kept very busy in fairyland looking after all her wards, intervening as required with magic spells. Di has appeared in previous BATS pantomimes Snow White and Cinderella, as well as Alice in Wonderland (Caloundra Chorale) and Music Hall with Merryatrics.

Lupe the Wolf – Pat Boiteux

Lupe isn’t really such a bad fellow. He just finds people pudding a very tasty dish! Pat has appeared for BATS in Sleeping Beauty, Snow White and Beauty and the Beast.

Demon Sheerspite – Lachlan Money

The demon is out to cause mischief and mayhem. Let’s hope the good fairy can help foil his schemes. Lachlan has appeared in previous pantomimes including Cinderella, other shows with BATS including Blood Brothers (2016), and Rocky Horror Show (Coolum 2015).

Farmers and villagers – Nan Cameron, Knox Cameron, Adele Truman, Phillipa Hancock, Mitch Lenord

IMG_0535_cropThe local yokels are extremely vocal in trying to help protect Red against the machinations of the Squire. Nan has appeared in the Admirable Crichton. Knox has appeared for BATS in Senses Working Overtime (2016) and And Then There Were None (2015). Adele has appeared for BATS in Blood Brothers (2016).


Director Mary Newton
Stage Manager Dean Wye
Ass. Stage Manager Mitch Lenord
Properties Phillipa Hancock
Backstage James Thow
Lighting Charles Clarke
Sound Anita Tillack
Wardrobe Nancy Moule
Set Construction Cast & Crew
Music Neil Booth