"The Three Little Pigs" has four characters, and four organizations are taking part in its Hilliard performance.

"The Three Little Pigs" has four characters, and four organizations are taking part in its Hilliard performance.

The Columbus Children's Theatre's touring company will perform the children's play at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 3, in the Phyllis A. Ernst Senior Center, 3800 Municipal Place. The play is co-sponsored by the Hilliard Recreation and Parks Department and the Hilliard Arts Council. And donations will be taken at the door for Patches of Light.

Based on the fairytale, "The Three Little Pigs" follows Hamuel Bone Pig, Porkella Chop Pig and Salty Bacon Pig and their dealings with the Big Bad Wolf.

"It does have a twist, taking a look at the wolf's side of things," said Tony Auseon, education director at CCT. "It explores why the wolf was so insistent on coming to their door and asking them to let him in. It's got an overall message of don't judge a book by its cover and tolerance."

The 45-minute play is popular with all ages, Auseon said, because its humor appeals to adults as well as the preschool to sixth-grade audiences CCT usually plays to.

The other appeal is the audience participation. For example, the boys are encouraged to help say, "Little pig, little pig, let me in," and the girls help reply, "Not by the hair on my chinny chin chin." Everyone gets to huff and puff to blow each pig's house down.

HAC executive director Ken Brenneman said he frequently takes his grandchildren to Columbus Children's Theatre plays. He saw the touring company has "a program for what we thought was a really reasonable amount to come out. We just didn't think we could pass it up, to bring something like that for the kids in Hilliard."

Recreation department supervisor Beth Simon said Brenneman "brought it to my attention, asked us if we wanted to partner with the arts council and present this play to Hilliard. We thought it sounded like a great joint venture, and something we wanted to do. We picked the date and chose this play."

Simon said rec and parks wanted the play to benefit a local charity, and "we always choose Patches of Light as our organization that we like to sponsor."

"They called and asked if I would be interested," said Patches of Light founder Mindy Atwood. "It's funny they're doing "The Three Little Pigs," because one of our mascots is a little piggy bank."

The Hilliard-based nonprofit (www.PatchesofLight.org) provides assistance to families with critically ill children. Atwood said the organization had 150 requests for assistance in 2010, and 35 already this year.

"We have so much community support that we're very thankful for," Atwood said. "It makes you feel even more proud to base something that's important to you in your home town."