Into the Woods

By Stephen Sondheim & James Lapine

Directed by Cheryl Crook

Into the Woods, at once hilarious and deeply touching, is summarized by June Abernathy, a Sondheim enthusiast, as follows: “In the first act, the characters set out to achieve their goal of living ‘Happily Ever After’ through familiar routes- Cinderella goes to the Ball and captures the heart of Prince Charming, Jack climbs the Beanstalk and finds a land of Giants and Gold, Little Red Riding Hood survives her clash with the wolf at Grandma’s house, and Rapunzel manages to escape her tower with the aid of a handsome prince who climbs her long hair. The Baker and his Wife move through their stories while pursuing their own goal- a witch who puts the curse on his house, and agrees to lift it if the Baker and his Wife can find the ingredients to help the Witch reverse a spell, which has made her old and ugly. At the end of Act I, all characters have what they desire.

But do they? Act II deals with the consequences that traditional fairy tales conveniently ignore… all characters must deal with what happens AFTER ‘Happily Ever After’”. Act II reveals the grim reality of having it all and warns all to be careful for the things we wish. Characters as well as audience members learn valuable lessons throughout the play’s end. There are pitfalls to wanting too much and daunting sacrifices made to get a wish. Characters blame each other until finally; they unite to fight against a giant seeking revenge on Jack.”

Produced by Community Players of Southwestern Wisconsin at Richland Center High School Auditorium, 23200 Hornet High Drive, Richland Center

Performances: July 25 - August 2, 2008

Performance Times: Friday, July 25, 2008 (7 p.m. curtain) Saturday, July 26, 2008 (7 p.m. curtain) Sunday, July 27, 2008 (2 p.m. curtain) Thursday, July 31, 2008 (7 p.m. curtain) Friday, August 1, 2008 (7 p.m. curtain) Saturday, August 2, 2008 (7 p.m. curtain)

Ticket Prices: $12 adults and $6 for children under the age of 12

Call 608-604-0343 (after June 1, 2008) for reservations or more information.

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Auditions will be held on the following days:


Auditions will be held at the Richland Center City Auditorium on Saturday, May 17: 9 a.m. - 12 noon; Monday, May 19: 6 - 9 p.m.; Tuesday, May 20: 6 - 9 p.m. Callbacks are slated for Thursday, May 22: 6 - 8 p.m. While an accompanist will be provided, auditoners are asked to prepare one song, or a song will be provided. There are roles for 13 females (8 women, 5 teenage girls) and 9 males (5 men, 4 teenage boys). The DVD of Into the Woods remains on reserve at the Richland Center Brewer Library for potential participants to view.