Friday, September 11, 2009

"Little Red in the Hood" Comes to Dothan, Alabama

Dothan, Alabama gets a chance to see a very special version of Little Red Riding Hood tomorrow, Saturday September 12, 2009.

Ed Vaughn, a born and raised Dothan local, has written a play based on LRRH with the aim of showing how youth can make a difference.

There's a personal agenda too - he wants to bring the 'neighbor' back his neighborhood and wants to illustrate just how to do that.


This modern version, which is also a musical, tells the story of Little Red and her best friend, Ayanna, and their efforts to clean up their neighborhood, which has been overtaken by trash and “thugs.” The thugs are led by a man known as the Wolf — played by songwriter and producer, Jemmie “Fingerz” Watford, who was raised in Dothan and returned here to live about five years ago.

Jemmie “Fingerz” Watford, left, pretends to be Little Red’s grandma as Ahmazia Hardrick, right, listens.

...Little Red is played by 8-year-old Ahmazia Hardrick, a third-grader at Ashford Elementary School. Twelve-year-old D’Nasa Mitchell, who attends Beverlye Magnet School, plays Ayanna, Little Red’s best friend. Like the classic fairy tale, Little Red takes her grandmother dinner every day. But along the way, the young girl works to change her neighborhood and reform those going down a bad path.

...“I want people, young people, to be aware of what’s happening today,” Vaughn said. “Little Red and Ayanna —they prove that children can be the catalyst for cleaning up a neighborhood.”
You can read the rest of the article and get more information about the play HERE.

The play, "Little Red in the Hood", will be performed on September 12, 2009 (tomorrow if you're reading this entry when it goes live), at the Dothan Opera House. Tickets are on sale at the Dothan Civic Center box office. You can call 334-615-3175 or 334-714-4128 for more information.

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