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Fractured fairy tales melded.

Byline: The Register-Guard

Director Rich Brown is not crying wolf when he says playwright Tom McCabe is onto something in the way he combines beloved fairy tales.

McCabe, who wrote last summer's Mad Duckling Summer Theatre play "Goldilocks and the Three Bears," this year has melded the stories of "The Three Little Pigs" and "Little Red Riding Hood" into a screwball comedy called "Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?"

The show opens Tuesday in the amphitheater outside Robinson Theatre at the University of Oregon, 1109 Old Campus Lane.

"This play is filled with both quick wit and slapstick comedy bits as our poor, punk-rockin', hungry Big Bad Wolf is constantly outsmarted by Little Red and the Three Little Pigs," Brown says. "Filled with hilarious surprises like a goofy Canadian woodsman and Three Little Pigs based on vaudevillian comedians, this play is sure to entertain the whole family."

Playing the Big Bad Wolf (now named Cornelius B.B. Wolf) is Kellen Terrett. Erica Smith is Little Red Riding Hood. Others in the cast are Maximillian McCal (Porky), Sarah Turnquist (Oink), Jana Schmieding (Bacon Bits), Alexander Pawlowski (Piedmont Pierre) and Katie Franz (Mrs. Hood/Grandma Hood).

Besides Brown, who serves as director and artistic director, the production staff includes assistant stage manager Tyler Holden, musical director and composer Curtis Williams, technical director Lara Shimasaki, costume designer Wendy Browne, stage manager Travis Jones and set designer Steen Mitchell.

"Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?" is the first of two summer plays for children being staged by the Mad Duckling Summer Theatre; the second is "Pinocchio Commedia," July 30-Aug. 10.

Because of the construction on the nearby Lillis Business Complex, shows will be moved inside Robinson Theatre on days when the noise would be a distraction.

"Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?" will be presented at 11 a.m. Tuesday through Saturday and July 16-20. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Free short-term parking permits, allowing patrons to park in the nearby UO lot at 11th and Kincaid streets, will be available at the theater box office on performance days.

Tickets are $4 each, or $3.50 for individuals in groups of 10 or more, through the Mad Duckling box office, 346-4192.

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In "Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?" Kellen Terrett (left) plays Cornelius B. B. Wolf, and the three little pigs are played by (clockwise from upper left) Sarah Turnquist (Oink), Jana Schmieding (Bacon Bits) and L. Maximillian McCal (Porky). BRIAN DAVIES / The Register-Guard Mad Duckling
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