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Olney Theatre Center Institute presents Red Riding Hood: A New Fable
Interns and Theatre Team Up to Bring Children’s Theatre to North Montgomery County

OLNEY, Md. - March 1, 2012 - The Olney Theatre Institute, the education division of Olney Theatre Center, is proud to announce the return of its children’s programming to the Olney Theatre Center campus with Red Riding Hood: A New Fable. This new adaptation, written by Education Associate Michael R. Kelly, runs from March 31 to April 7 and is geared towards engaging the minds of children ages 3 and up.

In Kelly’s adaptation, six year old Millie is just starting first grade and finds it hard to get along with other kids. She finds an escape through the books she reads. Her book smarts seem to distance her from other kids, but one day while writing a presentation on the fairy tale “Little Red Riding Hood” she becomes a part of the story. Imagination and play become her keys to having a truly fun time.

Red Riding Hood: A New Fable is fully produced by the intern class of Olney Theatre Center. These young professionals have come from all over the country for not only an educational experience at a regional theatre center near Washington, DC, but also for professional experience in a creative and encouraging atmosphere. The production has been written, designed, directed, and built by the intern class on their own time outside of regular work calls. They have not only been able to take on leadership roles in their given areas of focus, but also in other areas such as marketing and development.

The Olney Theatre Center Institute Advanced Intern Training Program is a year-long learning opportunity for recent college graduates to gain experience before embarking on their next journey. Former interns have gone on to work in other professional theatres, in the area and beyond, and some have chosen to continue their education by going to graduate school. Over the course of the year, interns are able to gain an understanding of how a professional regional theatre company operates. They are able to work first-hand with directors and designers from around the country on productions that enrich the lives of theatre-goers in the DC area.

The show, directed by Casting Associate Ashleigh Millett, has been cast from a pool of local talent. Baltimore native and Messiah College graduate, Dorea Schmidt, plays Millie, while recent University of Maryland graduate Chelsie Lloyd of Laurel plays Millie’s friend Amy, Millie’s Mother, and Red’s Grandmother. Virginia Tech grad Jared Mason Murray of Fairfax, VA plays Millie’s friend Dewey, Millie’s teacher Mr. Randolph, and the Wolf.

Red Riding Hood: A New Fable is an exciting opportunity for our interns to utilize the practical, hands-on application of the skills they have learned while being essential in producing our main stage season,” Associate Artistic Director Clay Hopper said. “This is a phenomenal class of smart, driven and dedicated interns. They are a testament to how effective the internship program here can be at producing our next generation of theatre artists, producers, and technicians."

All tickets are $10 each and can be purchased through the Olney Theatre Center Box Office at 301.924.3400. This show is sponsored by GrillMarX, Alan Meltzer and the Meltzer Group, Carol Trawick, and Robert Hebda.


Red Riding Hood: A New Fable
By Michael R. Kelly


Actor Role

Dorea Schmidt

Chelsie Lloyd

Jared Mason Murray


Amy (Millie’s Mother, and Red’s Grandmother)

Dewey (Mr. Randolph, and the Wolf)



Scenic Designer

Costume Designer

Costume Designer

Lighting Designer

Lighting Designer

Sound Designer

Ashleigh Millett

Kristin Browning Campbell

Cara Barker

Rachael Erichsen

Nick Broten

Samantha Brewer

Samantha Brewer


March 29 – April 7, 2012 (PRESS NIGHT: March 31, 2012 at 2:30pm)

Thursday, March 29, 2012 10:15 AM; Friday, March 30, 2012 10:15 AM; Saturday, March 31, 2012 11:00 AM; Saturday, March 31, 2012 2:30 PM ; Sunday, April 01, 2012 11:00 AM; Sunday, April 01, 2012 2:30 PM; Thursday, April 05, 2012 2:00 PM; Friday, April 06, 2012 10:15 AM; Friday, April 06, 2012 2:00 PM; Saturday, April 07, 2012 11:00 AM; Saturday, April 07, 2012 2:30 PM

TICKETS: All Tickets $10

BOX OFFICE: 301.924.3400;

LOCATION: Olney Theatre Center, 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Road, Olney, Maryland 20832

Located just north of Washington, DC, the theater sits 1¼ mile from the intersection of Olney-Sandy Spring Road (Route 108) and Georgia Avenue (Route 97).  Parking is free.


Olney Theatre Center, located in Olney, Maryland, is a 73-year-old professional, award-winning, nonprofit Equity theater whose mission is to inspire and nurture artists, students, technicians, administrators, and its audience members through its diverse array of theatrical and musical productions year-round.  Located in arts-rich Montgomery County, Olney Theatre Center is easily accessible from Washington, DC and Baltimore, MD. For more information, please visit