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June 26, 2007

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It’s a story that’s been told time and time again, but the tale of “Goldilocks and the Three Bears” will receive a fresh treatment as part of the University of Houston’s Children’s Theatre Festival (CTF) July 13 – 29 in the Lyndall Finley Wortham Theatre.

The production will transport audiences to a mysterious wooded setting. There, they’ll meet a privileged, but unsatisfied, Goldilocks, who seeks a new life away from her wealthy, materialistic parents. Venturing to the woods, she stumbles upon the home of a family of bears and catches the eye of a sinister wolf.

Directed by Brian Byrnes, associate professor of theater, and adapted by S.S. Leonard, this update on the classic tale will focus on Goldilocks finding herself well out of her element and surrounded by animals that aren’t pleased by her presence.

“Goldilocks has to learn to deal with the unknown, and this play shows how she faces this challenge,” Byrnes said. “The crux of this story is her desire to be a grown-up and being unprepared for the responsibility.”

Custom-designed costumes will give the impression that the actors portraying the bears and wolf actually are from the wild. No ears, noses or tails affixed to cuddly, clothed outfits. Instead, audiences can expect furry figures that look like forest creatures, but walk and talk like people.

Sidney Berger, UH John and Rebecca Moores Professor in the School of Theatre & Dance, and Bren Dubay founded CTF in 1978, and each year, it entertains 25,000 theater-goers at UH.

Tickets are $9 for adults and $8 for children 14 and younger. Reservations can be made by contacting the Wortham ticket office at 713-743-2929. For more information about the Children’s Theatre Festival including show times and dates, visit

WHAT: Children’s Theatre Festival: “Goldilocks and the Three Bears”
WHEN: 10:30 a.m., July 13, 16 – 20, 25 – 27; 1 p.m., July 18, 27; 2 p.m., June 29
WHERE: Lyndall Finley Wortham Theatre
in UH’s Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts
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WHO: The University of Houston’s School of Theatre & Dance

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