Into the Woods

April 18, 2013
The Leary Theatre within the Elizabeth Ann Clune Center for Theatre, Clet Hall, Niagara University

In April, Niagara University Theatre will present the Tony Award-winning Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine fairytale musical, Into the Woods. Associate professor Doug Zschiegner will direct the production, while associate professor Terri Filips Vaughan is choreographer and music adjunct Randy Andropolis will provide musical direction. The production premiered on Broadway in 1987, and most recently received critical acclaim at New York’s Central Park last summer.

“Once upon a time?” “Happily ever after?” Not necessarily so in this Tony Award-winning musical with a moral about community responsibility and the stories we tell our children. When a baker and his wife learn that they've been cursed by the witch next door and are unable to have children, they set out on a journey to break the spell. While on their quest, they encounter familiar characters from Brothers Grimm fairy tales, including Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel, and Jack and the Beanstalk. And while Act One plays out as “happy” fairytales do, Act Two serves as a reality check, dealing with consequences traditional fairytales leave out.

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