Robin Hood and Riding Hood (no relation) take on both the evil Sheriff and the big bad Wolf in this performance by The Fringe Theatre at Christ Episcopal Church in Needham. "Little Red Robin Hood" is a not-quite-so-traditional tale told in the style of a British panto, and that means lots of fun the whole family. Panto -- or pantomime -- is a peculiarly quirky British form of family entertainment. Traditionally put on around the holiday season/New Year, pantos are largely based on any number of fairy tales. The principle audience for any panto is families with children and the shows involve lots of audience participation -- prompted shouting, community singing, inviting audience members on stage, and more. But there is plenty for the parents and grandparents with skits, topical jokes, and plenty of thigh slapping too. You can watch this video for examples of other pantos performed by The Fringe Theatre. "Little Red Robin Hood" will include lots of singing, including Imagine Dragons' "On Top of the World," lots of dancing, including "La Vida Loca," and lots of jokes, silliness and just a little candy throwing. Come and boo the Wolf and the Sheriff, come and cheer Robin, Riding Hood, Marion and all the Merry Men, and come and laugh at the Queen. Tickets to performances sell out fast. Fri., April 5, 7:30 p.m.; Sat., April 6, 2:30 & 7:30 p.m.; Sun., April 7, 2:30 p.m. Adults, $15; children, $10. Christ Episcopal Church, 1132 Highlands Ave., Needham Heights. www.thefringetheatre
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