This week my daughter and I had the opportunity to preview Wolf Tales, which will be one of the Minnesota Fringe Festival shows this year. When I asked my kids who wanted to be my date for a ballet review. My daughter yelled “Me!” and my boys yelled “Not Me!” That was easy. Except, it turned out that this would have been a really fun show for little boys as well as a tween girl.
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This show is a mashup of Peter and the Wolf, Little Red Riding Hood and the Three Little Pigs. Besides the familiar fairy tale connection, this is a good starter ballet because the wolf narrates between numbers, keeping the story moving and easy to follow. There is quite a bit of physical humor, and the show clocks in at just under an hour. There is a nice mix of music and dance styles throughout the show as well.
If your kids don’t know the story and music of Peter and the Wolf, this would be a nice introduction. You could follow up your outing with a movie night to watch one of the many really good versions out there.
Adults will get some of the more subtle humor and pop culture jokes. We’ve all seen and read re-tellings of our favorite fairy tales (The True Story of the Three Little Pigs), but this is the first time I’ve seen one with a cameo (or nine) by Chuck Norris!
DanceCo, the company behind this show, is a new dance company with a mission to create and perform original dance productions geared toward children. Wolf Tales is their premier production. One of the cool things about the Fringe Festival is that children’s day passes are only $5.00. This would make it worthwhile to get your kids a day-pass just for this one show, and then send them off to grandma’s house while you take in a couple more shows without them. If you want to do the whole circuit with kids, there are 7 shows appropriate for young kids at the festival this year.
Wolf Tales Details
Thursday, Aug. 4, 5:30pm
Saturday, Aug. 6, 2:30pm
Monday, Aug. 8, 7pm
Saturday, Aug. 13, 2:30pm
Sunday, Aug. 14, 4pm
Rarig Center Experimental Theater, 330 21st Avenue South, on the University of Minnesota West Bank Campus
Tickets are purchased as a MN Fringe Festival Day Pass
Weekday Day Pass: $16 (admission to up to four shows)
Weekend Day Pass: $22 (admission to up to seven shows)
Children’s Day Passes (all days): $5
We were allowed to sit in on a dress rehearsal to facilitate this review. All opinions are my own.