A story from China

June 18th, 2015 10:28 am

First Posted: 5/1/2015

CLARKS SUMMIT – A free performance of “Lon Po Po: A Red Riding Hood Story from China” will be presented at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 9, hosted by The Gathering Place at the Clarks Summit Borough building, 304 South State St.

This interactive play for children and their families is the final performance in a series presented by the Dietrich Children’s Theatre and The Gathering Place for Community, Arts and Education, a new nonprofit currently fundraising to turn the former Clarks Summit firehouse into an arts and education center.

“Lon Po Po: A Red Riding Hood Story from China” takes audience members on a trip to the Chinese countryside. Join three small children as they bid farewell to their father who is traveling overnight to visit their sick grandmother. The children are warned not to open the door to anyone, as the wolf may be lurking nearby. When there is a knock on the door late at night, however, the children are uncertain.

Is it their grandmother or the wolf?

Audience members will join the Dietrich Children’s Theatre and help the children figure out what to do in this unique retelling of a well-known story.

Directed by Jennifer Jenkins, the production will feature performances by Brenda Wenner, David Swanson, Rich Ryczak and Laurel Radzieski. Children and their families are invited to stay after the show for a brief discussion with the actors.

The project was supported by a Lackawanna County Community Arts and Culture Grant, a program of Lackawanna County Commissioners. Tickets are free and will be available at the door while they last. Seating is first come, first served. For more information, call 570-945-8453,