Little Red Riding Hood

Little Red Riding Hood

Roald Dahl’s Little Red Riding Hood

Original Score by Paul Patterson (40 minutes)

Text by Roald Dahl

Adapted by Donald Sturrock

Performed by Dando Producions (3 performers)

Performance History

  • Orchestra London - 2005
  • Hamilton Philharmonic - 2005
  • L’orchestre symphonique de Québec - 2003 (French)
  • Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony - 2002
  • L’orchestre symphonique de Montréal 2002 (French+English)
  • Oshawa-Durham Symphony - 2001
  • Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra - 2001
  • Hollywood Bowl / Los Angeles Philharmonic - 2001
  • Vancouver Island Orchestra - 2000
  • Vancouver Symphony Orchestra - 2000
  • Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra 1999
  • Edmonton Symphony Orchestr - 1998 (North American Premiere)

The Story

"The forest. Strange. Eerie. Mysterious. A place of magic and surprise"

So begins the Orchestra version of Roald Dahl's Little Red Riding Hood, with a delightful full-orchestra score by Paul Patterson.

Rest assured, the familiar cast of characters are here: there’s a wolf, a grandma and a little girl in a red cape. But Dahl, author of such children’s classics as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and James and the Giant Peach, has twisted things around and spiced things up. Dahl's feisty Little Red can certainly take care of a dim-witted wolf by herself!

3 performers bring Roald Dahl's bizarre imagination to life in Dandi Productions’ sparkling presentation with skilful lighting, bold costuming, incredible puppets and clear, broad acting.

Paul Patterson’s score entertains an all-ages audience from start to finish with its modern sensibilities and its dazzling dramatic flourishes, inspired by Dahl’s famous text:

"As soon as Wolf began to feel
That he would like a decent meal:
When she gets here I'll have a scheme
To turn her into red ice-cream!"

Remember, this is the work of Britain's Roald Dahl, and the British have a centuries-old tradition of pantomime and broad comedy... all lovingly interpreted by the members of the Dandi troupe - who bound on stage in their highly-recognizable red long-underwear.

Take a symphonic walk through Roald Dahl's magical, terrifying, hilarious forest.

Promotional Video Clip

Musical Repertoire

Little Red Riding Hood

View a 4 page sample of the score

Each complete part is bound in its own book.


  • 2 Flutes, 2nd doubling Piccolo
  • 2 Oboes
  • 2 Clarinets in B flat, 2nd doubling Bass Clarinet in B flat
  • 2 Bassoons, 2nd doubling Contrabassoon
  • 4 Horns in F
  • 2 Trumpets in C
  • 3 Trombones
  • Tuba
  • Timpani
  • Percussion (3 players): Chimes, Glockenspiel, Vibraphone, Xylophone, Bass Drum, Side Drum, Clash Cymbals, 3 Suspended Cymbals, Bali Gong, Bell Tree, Cabasa, 2 Cowbells, 2 Flextones, 3 Gongs, Guiro, Lion's Roar, Maracas, Mark Tree, Rachet, Sleigh Bells, Tambourine, Tam Tam, 2 Tom Toms, Triangle, Vibraslap, Whip, Woodblock
  • Harp
  • Strings

(Chamber version: 1 Flute or Piccolo, 1 Oboe, 2 Clarinets, 1 Bassoon, 2 Horns, 1 Trumpet,

1 Trombone, 1 Timpani, 2 Percussion, 1 Harp and Strings:

1(=Picc.).1.2.1./ Perc. Hp./Str.)

Length: Approx 35 Minutes

N.B: To make the program a little longer, and to prepare the audience for Mr. Dahl's rather twisted take on this time-honoured tale, we created a "Prologue", which we perform while the orchestra plays "Entry of the Gladiators", (or some other appropriate selection) and about six or seven minutes beyond. The Prologue introduces the young audience to elements of pantomime, slapstick and the other broad acting styles employed in the telling of the tale. This brings the total progam length to about 46 - 50 minutes. It is up to each orchestra whether they would like to include a piece before the Prologue, but we recommend it be kept short!

Educational Component (Optional, But Recommended)

Little Red Riding Hood

The educational component for this show is currently in development please contact Doug McKeag for more details.

Doug McKeag:

  • Phone: (403) 234-0768
  • Fax:(403) 234-0767
  • Email: Doug McKeag


Technical Information

Little Red Riding Hood

Dandi’s version of Roald Dahl's Little Red Riding Hood incorporates broad acting, choreography and much interaction with the audience.

  • Onstage, we require approx. 8-10 feet of playing area downstage of the orchestra, and a clear stage to both wings.
  • NOTE: The orchestra or venue must provide a functional Rocking Chair, able to support the seated weight of a 170-lb actor.
  • The actors will travel behind the orchestra, onstage, so space should be made available. They may also travel backstage around the orchestra.
  • In the Stage Left Wings, a quick change area is necessary. A small table and chair are required, and a mirror.
  • NOTE: The actors' voices will be amplified, so 3 wireless body mics (Lavs) must be provided by the orchestra or venue, along with a sound operator. They should be of the clip-on variety, NOT Madonna-style. Dandi will provide mic belts.
  • Two lockable dressing rooms, with easy access to a washroom.
  • A simple lighting plan and cue list will be forwarded as necessary, consisting of downstage specials, a general "forest" wash, and a two colour wash on the orchestra.
  • The orchestra will require stand lights.
  • A stage manager is required, to call the lighting cues.
  • Everything else is provided by the troupe.


Little Red Riding Hood

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Discounts are available for additional Education shows or for booking additional education shows during the week when booking a family concert.

To book Little Red Riding Hood and to inquire about the music rental - please contact Dandi Productions Artistic Director Doug McKeag.

Doug McKeag:

  • Phone: (403) 234-0768
  • Fax:(403) 234-0767
  • Email: Doug McKeag