‘Law and Order’ comes to Ridgecrest


News Review Contributor

“In the criminal justice system…” We’ve all heard the beginning of the iconic show that has been on the airwaves for years.

Starting June 1, the Community Light Opera and Theatre Association will be putting a fairy tale twist on a classic television show.

“Law and Order: Fairy Tale Unit,” written by Jonathan Rand, takes place in the land of classic fairy tales, featuring characters such as the Big Bad Wolf, played by Leonas Firme; Hansel and Gretel, played by John Chrostowski and Denise Johnson; as well as the Three Little Pigs, Three Blind Mice, Seven Dwarves and several others.

The cast is a delightful mix of CLOTA veterans, including Calvin Johnson, Kathleen Rodgick and Loralynn Chrostowski, and new faces, such as Angela Horn, Matt Zahardo and Mikayla Dacon.

With the exception of Firme, the other 14 actors play multiple roles in this whimsical show.

At the helm of the project is Director Angie Pritchard, who was eager to see the show come to life.

Pritchard is no stranger to directing fairy-tale-type shows, as her last show was the delightful “Rumplestiltskin Is my Name,” performed in summer 2016.

“I enjoy doing shows that are engaging for children and adults,” said Pritchard. “The three main points in ‘Law and Order’ are interview, interrogation and litigation.” Indeed, the show tells the story of the Three Little Pigs through a very different lens than most children read about.

The assistant director is Josh Cotterell, whose whole family is involved in the show, either on stage or as part of the crew.

Larry Lier takes the role of technical director, once again making full use of CLOTA’s small stage.

“I just hope that people enjoy it and hope that they have as much fun with it as we have had bringing it to them,” Pritchard said.

“Law and Order, Fairy Tale Unit” will appear on June 1, 2, 8, 9, 15 and 16, at 7:30 p.m., with a matinee on Sunday, June 10, at 2 p.m.

CLOTA Center Stage doors will open 30 minutes before showtime.

CLOTA Center Stage is located at 1425 N. Inyo St. Tickets are now available at Red Rock Books.

Story First Published: 2018-05-25