Blogger for a Day: Defending the Big Bad Wolf

I'm in the cast of The True Story of the Three Little Pigs being presented by Children's Theatre of Charlotte. The show runs February 22nd to March 10. It's definitely not just a show for kids though. This courtroom-drama-musical puts the Big Bad Wolf on trial – at the end, the audience votes if the wolf is guilty or not guilty of his alleged crimes.

Check out this YouTube video if you're unfamiliar with the story.  The artistry is fun and the voiceover makes me laugh.

You may be asking yourself, why would a group of children ever vote the big bad wolf not guilty? Well, in the show, the wolf explains that it's not his fault wolves eat pigs – it's just the way nature made them.  Which, if you think about it, is a very good argument.  If someone can escape the death penalty using an insanity defense (basically saying that they shouldn't be held responsible to do a mental illness), why should a wolf be held accountable for the something he can't control?

Here's what you won't get to see when you come see the show:

This show is a remount for me. We did True Story of the Three Little Pigs back in the 2008-09 season.  At the end of the season, our final count was 90 performances ending in a not guilty verdict and 66 performances ending in guilty ones. That's a 3 to 2 ratio. In our current performances, audiences have voted the Big Bad Wolf not guilty 63 times to 17 not guilty endings. That's a 4 to 1 ratio.

We typically perform the show for K-5 students.  Sometimes we get third through fifth graders only, who typically vote not guilty.  If we do a show for K-2nd, we mostly get guilty. 

I think the younger students, for the most part, don't care what the Wolf's defense is — he's the Big Bad Wolf, so obviously he's guilty.  I get the feeling that the older students just like going against what they would be expected to do. Sometimes there are students who scream so loud (for whichever vote) that their entire face turns red. It can get pretty loud. But I love to watch the adults cover their ears when a room full of 300 kids are screaming as hard as they can.

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