In the 1970s, the original Children's Corner was shepherded by Luis Q. Barroso. This Chicken Little is a revival of a version from that era. The book and lyrics are by Ricky Graham, and the music was composed by the late Fred Palmisano. We see a delightful barnyard set by T. J. Bogan that is overrun with the local poultry ("poultry in motion"). Linda Fried and Cecile Casey Covert created attractive and bright costumes. The actors' faces are not masked, but some wear mask-like hats. Even the three-piece band wears pig-mask hats.
In the classic tale, all the beasts have rhyming names: Rooster Booster (Keith Claverie), Turkey Lurkey (Carrie Black), Loosey Goosey (Caroline Langlois), Ducky Lucky (Sheila McDermott) and Henny Penny (Kristin Witterschein) — everyone except the young diva who gets top billing, Chicken Little (Piper Picus-Junius).
The villain is the dandified Foxy Loxy (Samuel Dudley), who is trying to bag a bird for lunch. Taking a trick from Wile E. Coyote, he hoists an anvil on a rope and drops it on Chicken Little, who is convinced the sky is falling. She alerts all her feathered friends, and everyone agrees they must seek help from their congressman. Guess who disguises himself as that elected official and ties them up as part of a purported plan to save them? Besides his mouthwatering haul, Loxy envisions a national chain: Foxy's Fabulous Fried Chicken. But as with Wile E., things don't go according to plan.
There are many upbeat song numbers, dances and general good cheer, and the kids in the audience sat spellbound.
Jim Walpole played the piano and musically directed the show. Heidi Junius steered the enthusiastic cast with aplomb, including her daughter in the lead role. Bravo to Le Petit for bringing the Children's Corner back. — Dalt Wonk
Thru. Oct. 24
2:30 p.m & 4:30 p.m. Sat.; 12:30 p.m. & 2:30 p.m. Sun.
Le Petit Theatre, 616 St. Peter St., 522-2081; www.lepetittheatre.com
Tickets $20 general admission, $15 children 12-under