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Action, humor are abundant in 'Meet the Three Goats Gruff'

Angela Donovan as Fox and Matt King as Mouse rehearse their parts in the Matchbox Children's Theatre presentation of "Meet the Three Goats Gruff" at the Historic Paramount Theatre.

Have you ever wondered what career path Little Miss Muffet would take when she grew up?

Probably not, but in the upcoming Matchbox Children’s Theatre production of "Meet the Three Goats Gruff," Miss Muffet is a talent agent. Miss Muffet is eager to find cast members for a silent movie to be produced in Holly Woods, and her latest talents are the Three Goats Gruff.

The play is set in 1917 in the Sierra Mountains of California in an enchanted forest at the Foxly Hotel.

The set, designed and built by Cameron Davis, is an elaborate, two-level, Victorian hotel. Special guests at the hotel include; the Three Little Pigs, Peter Pan & Co., Alice in Wonderland, the Mad Hatter and March Hare, troll and bellhop Dickie Mouse, who is really Mickey Mouse.

Angela Donovan, who plays Mr. Fox, the owner of Foxly Hotel, said the audience will enjoy the slapstick-type comedy from the silent movie era.


"This show is action-packed from beginning until end, and the design of the set has a lot of options for characters to enter and exit the scene," said Donovan.

Donovan, also assistant director of the play, said children of all ages will be familiar with most of the characters, including Toto from "The Wizard of Oz."

Madlain Vander, the play's director, said the characters have their share of problems; for example, the Three Little Pigs can’t get anything right and everything keeps going wrong for Mr. Fox.

Vander said, "This isn’t anything like the traditional story of the 'Three Billy Goats Gruff.' The set doesn’t even include a bridge."

Donovan said the goat’s costumes are based on the characters from the show "The Beverly Hillbillies."

Vander, Jenny Dreyer and Grace Andersen designed the costumes.

"These costumes make the show a lot of fun," said Vander.

Matchbox Children’s Theatre’s next event will be the C.S.I. Neverland theater camp July 25-29. Call 437-9078 or visit matchboxchildrenstheatre.org for more information.

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