shows: Red’s adventures go intergalactic.............................
ATE Tardy has put a modern twist on an old favourite for her annual summer holiday pantomime production, Red Riding Hood and the Great Cosmic Caper.
Tardy, who wrote and directed the piece and made most of the show’s costumes, says the idea to take Red Riding Hood into space had been in her head for some time.
‘‘I have been everywhere else in the world – underwater, forests, fantasy – but never space,’’ she says.
‘‘It has been a mammoth job, but it is so rewarding seeing it all come together.
‘‘It’s a great sense of achievement.’’
Red Riding Hood and the Great Cosmic Caper follows the story of a grown-up Red, who is the commander of the Starship Hood along with her First Officer Huntsman, crew members Orion and Eclipse and Navigator the Robot – a walking, talking navigational system.
The cast includes Teagan Nowicki (as Eclipse), Dom Bradley (First Officer Huntsman), Frankie Spear (Commander Red), Jacqui Pointing (Orion), Patrick Monteith (Wolf), Nathan Skaines (Professor Sigmund Ffloyd) and Terri Woodfine and Tess Burke (the Mini Monsters).
The team embarks on a mission to rid the universe of all evil doers, including Red’s arch nemesis, Wolf, who has evil plans for galactic domination.
He plots to trap Red by kidnapping her technophobic Nathan Skaines as Professor Sigmund Ffloyd (above) and (right) Frankie Spear as Red and Dom Bradley as First Officer Huntsman. Grandma, who still lives in a simple cottage in the woods on Planet Earth.
Tardy says the journey features a meteor storm, a light sabre fight and a spaceship that lights up.
‘‘The effects on stage were a real challenge, but I have had a great team that has pulled it together,’’ she says. The show is suitable for children five years and older. Tardy won a Gold Coast Area Theatre Award in December for best costumes for her 2012 holiday pantomime, Bizarre. opens tomorrow in The Basement Theatre, at Spotlight Theatre, Benowa, and plays tomorrow and from Monday to January 18 at 10.30am and 2pm; Saturday at 11am and 4pm and January 19 at 2pm and 6pm.