Synchronicity Kicks It Zydeco in a Fresh New Family Series Show


Petite Rouge at Atlanta's Synchronicity TheatrePetite Rouge sets the Little Red Riding Hood tale in the Bayou, is “peopled” by animals and puts it all to a zydeco score. Synchronicity Theatre opens this family musical on February 25, 2012. lt runs through March 25 at 7 Stages Backstage Theatre.

A swamp chorus sings backup to a zydeco score in this foot-stomping, family-friendly musical soaked in hot sauce. Imagine a Cajun Red Riding Hood with a big, bad gator in the wolf role, and a wild chase through Mardi Gras, featuring a colorful romp from Joan Cushing, the playwright and composer of the Junie B. Jones and Miss Nelson musicals. It is based on the 2001 book by Mike Artell.

Six actors bring the world of the bayou to life.  Petite Rouge (a duck, the Little Red Riding Hood character); TeJean, Petite’s sidekick cat; Claude the Alligator (the Big Bad Wolf role); and storytellers that cover more than 20 animal and human roles, ranging from Crayfish, Turtle and Frog, to Grandmere, Riverboat Tourists, Mardi Gras Dancers and Gospel Singers.

The cast includes Renita James as Petite, Steven Brun as TeJean and Brian Harrison as the Big Bad Gator, Claude.  The supporting cast/swamp chorus includes: Michael Stiggers, Jessica DeMaria and Taryn Bryant. The musical is directed by Justin Anderson. Justin is joined by Renee Clark, Music Director and Lori Werner, Choreograher.

Petite Rouge plays at the 7 Stages Backstage Theatre. Showtimes are 10:30 a.m. Tuesday-Wednesday-Thursday (primarily school matinees); 1 and 3 p.m. Saturday; and 2 and 4 p.m. Sunday.