Little Red Riding Hood

Little Red Riding Hood was produced by Prelude Opera in 2021. This classic by Seymour Barab was performed in Fort Tryon Park in Manhattan and streamed online.


Wolf/Woodsman – Brian Alvarado
Little Red Riding Hood – Sarah Ziegler
Mother – Sara Henry
Grandma – Brittany Fowler


Music director/pianist – Christine Pulliam Melamed
Stage director – Benjamin Spierman
Stage manager – Holly Thomas
Set designer – April Bartlett
Technical designer – Michael Shortino
Tech Crew – Elise Whorton, Kaitlyn Walker, Erin Scoigletti
Ushers – Harry Bleattler, Gracie McBride
Costumes – Ivana Drazic
Makeup – Donetta Riley
Marketing and publicity – Hannah Hair, Kaitlyn Walker
Fundraising assistant – Riley Weldon
Artwork – Laura Winslow
Video/photography – Jonathan Rothermel
Web design – Blake Ashley

Special thanks to:

Hebrew Tabernacle
Cabrini Shrine
Harry Bleattler
Jennifer Hoppa
Louise Rogers and Mark Kross
Lehman College, CUNY

Donors: Anonymous, Benjamin Metrick, Myrta Pulliam, Steve and Carol Lytch, Katie Lytch, Matt
Kaal, Robert and Martha May, Bersaida Chevalier, Hansen Law, Merrill Grant, Sara Henry, Alisa
Popovic, Matthew Mahoney, Athina Vassilakis, Anna Spykerman, Renee Wilson-Marriott, JaEun Claire Sable

Little Red Riding Hood is made possible in part with funding
from the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone Development Corporation and public
funds from Creative Engagement, supported by the New York City Department of
Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and administered by LMCC. LMCC serves,
connects, and makes space for artists and community. UMEZ enhances the economic vitality of
all communities in Upper Manhattan through job creation, corporate alliances, strategic
investments, and small business assistance.

Little Red Riding Hood is a children’s opera composed by Seymour Barab (1921-2014). The first
American opera performed in China after the isolationist period, it has been enjoyed by young
audiences since it was composed in 1962. Barab was a Manhattan resident and has been
deemed “the Rossini of our time.”

Sarah Ziegler

Sarah Ziegler Blair is a musical theater/opera performer and also a musical theater writer. An advanced member of the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop, Sarah is the co-lyricist and co-librettist of Just Between the All of Us, a choose-your-own-adventure musical commissioned by Pittsburgh CLO. The show won the Reva Shiner Comedy Award in 2020 and will have a production at Bloomington Playwright’s Project in December of 2021. Another musical of Sarah’s, The Brontës, written with composer Lucas Tahiruzzaman Syed and co-book writer Katie Palmer, is currently undergoing a year-long workshop (which will culminate in a production) at the University of East London. Past productions include In Between (now available for licensing), Stage Fright (Prospect Theater Company’s Musical Theater Lab), and Dustin Gavins P.I. (UC Irvine’s 4@15 production). Sarah’s children’s album of her original tunes (Musical Muffins: Tunes for Babies and Big Kids) is in the works.Sarah has a Masters in Musical Theater performance from The Boston Conservatory. Her favorite past roles include Jane in Leave it to Jane (Musicals Tonight!), Laurey in Oklahoma! (Tent Theatre, MO), ensemble and Guenevere understudy in Camelot (Pittsburgh Public Theatre), Jane in Pirates! (Huntington Theatre), and Annie Oakley in Annie Get Your Gun (Millbrook Playhouse). Most of all, Sarah loves spending her time writing and performing silly songs with her toddler, Arlo.