First Graders Share Musical Versions of “Little Red Riding Hood”
Each of the first grade classes performed their own musical version of "Little Red Riding Hood" for the boys from KB in one case and several faculty and staff members.
In response to a question asked by one of the kindergarten boys in the audience, "How did you come up with this?" a first grader explained that after reading the book, Red Riding Hood, adapted and illustrated by James Marshall, and hearing a real story from Ian Taggart, Lower School Music Teacher, about once playing hide and seek in the woods and actually hearing a wolf, the boys wanted to devise with their own musical adaptation of the story.
The class discussed how and where to incorporate musical sounds to accompany and highlight various aspects of the story. Drums were played to represent the steps of the wolf, the xylophones had Red Riding Hood skipping to her grandma’s house, and howls, hoots, hisses, and ribbits became the spooky sounds in the forest.
The boys selected their own roles, after a discussion amongst themselves, and somewhat improvised their lines because they knew the book so well. The stage, props and costume headbands were all designed and created with careful thought by the boys.
Mr. Taggart said, "I was impressed by how well the boys in all three classes worked together to decide who would act and who would play the musical accompaniment. In one class they happily settled on two wolves, three grandmas and a Red and a Black Riding Hood. Whatever the combination, the boys made it work!"