shows: Red’s ad­ven­tures go in­ter­galac­tic.............................

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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.

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