In all the versions of Red Riding Hood I've ever read, I don't recall her having a bff. Also, this play was a musical. The bff was the only non-singing role in the production. Some of you may remember reading about my talent in the genre. Also, there's the fact that the I was given the central position in the photo--a spot which of course should have gone to Little Red. And I have the only straw hat with a bow under my chin--definitely a ploy to draw attention to me. Then there's the deliberate mis-aligning of my knee high stockings.
The only explanation can be that the writer/director, even back then, sensed my star quality and created the bff character with a non-singing part specifically to get ME on stage! I suspect that person's motivation was sheer selfishness; once I achieved the stardom for which I was destined, he wanted to be able to say, "I knew her when she was a nobody; I gave her her first big break!" Terrible to think someone working with children could be so self-serving. I hope you're happy now, Mr. Director!