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Not your ordinary fairy tale

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“The Big Bad Wolf! (vs. Lord Underwearface von Schtinker)” proves by its title alone that it’s not your run of the mill kids show. It’s an interactive romp that provides a new take on a classic children’s story with songs and improv comedy. The Second City Children’s Theatre, a branch of Chicago’s legendary comedy troupe, presents a smart and funny sequel to the stories of “The Three Little Pigs” and “Little Red Riding Hood.”The wolf, known as Big Bad, is depressed because he is wrongly accused of so many things, and he wants only to clear his name among the townspeople. The wolf’s cape-twirling, mustache-swirling nemesis, Lord Underwearface von Schtinker, provides him the opportunity to prove that he’s a reformed wolf by becoming the hero and rescuing a child. It’s a fast-paced, yet warmhearted script for junior audiences.Comedy icons The Second City have been producing legendary comedians since 1959, including Mike Myers, John Belushi and Gilda Radner, but its alumni vault also includes actors Alan Alda, Ed Asner, George Wendt and Bonnie Hunt. This far-reaching diversity is a result of The Second City’s intensive theatrical and improvisational training. Training that is now flowing over into children’s theater.Youth from across the country and Europe descend each year upon Chicago to take part in workshops refining stage techniques as part of the Second City Children’s Theatre. “Big Bad Wolf!” is a result of parents asking for more kid-friendly shows. Tickets for “The Big Bad Wolf! (vs. Lord Underwearface von Schtinker)” are $12 for children and $18 for adults. To purchase tickets, call 845.TIXS (8497) or visit

“The Big Bad Wolf! (vs. Lord Underwearface von Schtinker)”Today, 6 p.m.Vilar Center for the Arts in Beaver Creek

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