The 2018 October holidays saw our first Academy of Creative Arts (AoCA) Youth production, Roald Dahl’s Little Red Riding Hood and The Wolf.

This production was an opportunity for our younger performers, aged between 5 and 14 years old, to be in a performance targeted specifically to their age group. The production was also the launch of our “Young Directors” program. This program aims to pair an aspiring director under 21 with a mentor who works with them to direct the project from the first rehearsal through the performances.

Grace Alston, under the mentorship of Lia Bundy and Kimberley Dingle, directed the production featuring a cast of 13 young performers. During the season Grace was able to refine her understanding of the role of director and how to translate a script from page to stage, considering elements of drama, actors, crew and stagecraft to enhance a performance.

The cast performed nine shows over three days and The CAS welcomed 730 audience members in to the venue. A vast majority of the audience were children under 12 who were experiencing live theatre for the first time.

The production was a huge success and, in the words, our youngest cast member, “It was the BEST fun I’ve had since last week!”

Little Red Riding Hood and The Wolf was directed by Grace Alston and featured the following cast:


  • LITTLE RED – Isabella Parker & Rosa Crispin
  • THE WOLF – Kaj Harara & Christian Morrison
  • GRANDMA – Emily Hinchey
  • SNIFFY – Illy Morrison
  • SEARGANT SUE – Alice Thompson
  • PRIVATE SQUEALER – Elijah Pike
  • PRIVATE SNORT – Rosa Crispin & Isabella Parker


  • Jaiden Andrew, Lucas Mears, Silas Mears, Dexter Morrison, Holly Rigby

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