A theatrical version of Lon Po Po, however, is unusual to come across! I love that they get the children involved with this, learning Chinese, twisting the tale around a bit, helping the children in the story know what to do - it's a great interactive way to learn the story, and the variant. (I love the multicultural cast involved too.)
Here are the details about today's performance:
Dietrich Theater has a great collection of storytelling plays for children, including:
- Balto: A True Story of the Bravest Dog In America
- The Fairy Wife of Llyn Y Fan Fach (Welsh tale)
- The Gifts of Wali Dad (Pakistani tale)
- The Gingerbread Man
- The Mouse's Marriage (Japanese folktale)
- Peter and the Wolf (Russian story to teach children about musical instruments)
- Why Mosquitos Buzz in People's Ears (West African folktale)
- Rudyard Kipling's Just So Stories (more than Mowgli!)
- Coyote: A Native American Trickster Tale
- Lon Po Po: A Red Riding Hood Story from China (which remain part of their regular repertoire).
You can see a little preview of the performance on YouTube HERE.
And here's a great reading of the book by Ed Young, complete with music and animation. I couldn't find a better version of the video, sorry, but you get a pretty good idea from this one. It's a beautiful book and the story is wonderful - highly recommended: