Friday, February 4, 2011
Southwestern University Goes
Into the Woods
directed by Rod Caspers - musical direction by Oliver Worthington
March 2 Through 6
Wednesday & Thursday at 7 p.m., Friday & Saturday at 8 p.m.
3 p.m. matinees Saturday and Sunday
Tickets $12 to $18 -- reservations at (512) 863-1378 or on-line
Jones Theatre, Southwestern University, 1001 East University Avenue, Georgetown
The Southwestern University Department of Theatre treads Into the Woods for one weekend with Stephen Sondheim's most popular and successful musical. Putting beloved fairy tale characters in a new light, the family-friendly production runs March 2nd through 6th
at Jones Theatre in Georgetown.
As the tale begins with "Once upon time, in a far-off kingdom, lived a fair young maiden, a sad young lad and a childless baker and his wife…," the musical tells the story of a baker and his wife who journey into the woods on a quest to lift a witch's curse. On the way, they cross paths with Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel, Jack and the Beanstalk, Cinderella and a menagerie of other fairy tale characters.
Each character pursues individual wishes until the stories become entangled in unexpected ways - revealing what happens after "happily ever after." With a book by by James Lapine - inspired by Bruno Bettelheim's 1976 book The Uses of Enchantment - the musical portrays the complications of modern society and the difficulties encountered on the paths of life.
Sondheim's witty score includes enchanting musical theatre gems, including "Children Will Listen," "Giants in the Sky" and "No One Is Alone." From part of the musical team that created legendary works such as West Side Story, Gypsy and Sweeney Todd, Into the Woods remains one of Sondheim's most-produced works. It won three Tony Awards in 1988.