The Little Lamb who Cried Wolf


Theater instructor Michael Santos brings homegrown play to campus

Little Lamb who Cried Wolf

By: Seth Mattei

Michael Santos, a theater instructor at Delgado since 2007, is directing one of his own plays, “The Little Lamb who Cried Wolf,” for a campus production.

Combining two of Aesop’s Fables, “The Boy who Cried Wolf” and “The Wolf and the Lamb,” the play’s subtitle is “A play for children and people who used to be children.” The 10-scene one-act play tells the stories of Savannah the sheep, played by Olivia Ros, and Voltaire the wolf, portrayed by Anthony Coco. “The fable, which is the genesis of the play,” said Santos, “is a kind of search for truth, as well as lying and the ramifications of what a lie can do, then trying to put the pieces of truth back together from there.” The scenes are apparently split between the perspectives of Savannah and Voltaire who, “come together at first, then split off and eventually come back together again,” said Santos.

Santos has written more than 20 plays, and “the Little Lamb who cried Wolf” is the second one that he has written for children and adapted from Aesop’s Fables. The first, 2011’s “The Race through Darkwood Forest” was based on “The Tortoise and the Hare.” For both of these plays, Santos said he was “trying to write on two levels: a level that children will appreciate, and of course their parents need to enjoy watching it as well. There’s an adult level, and I definitely don’t try to talk down to kids. It’s not Barney, it’s a story.”

Performances of “The little Lamb who Cried Wolf” will take place at the City Park campus’ Drama Hall, located on the third floor of Building 1, starting Tuesday, April 22. Showtimes are at 7 p.m. through Saturday, April 26. There will be a 3 p.m. matinee performance on Saturday, and the last show will be at 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 27. For ticket prices and other information, call (504)671-6360, or visitwww.facebook.com/dcctheater.

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