in purchasing tickets for our show at a group rate,
so we will again organize a group of Shumway supporters.
We've chosen to purchase for the
Friday, April 15th at 7:30pm performance.
If you'd like to tickets at the discounted rate of
$10 per ticket instead of the regular $15 per,
please let us know and we will include you in this group.
so let us know by the end of the month.
Please be prepared to use cash or check
(made out to either Aaron or me).
I am playing Little Red Ridinghood and
Aaron is Cinderella's Prince.
|Art by Laurean|
Into the Woods is an award-winning musical featuring a score by Stephen Sondheim and book by James Lapine. The musical intertwines a collection of uncensored versions of 18th century Brothers Grimm fairy tales. An original story involving a Baker and his Wife's quest to begin a family ties together the stories of Little Red Ridinghood, Jack of Jack and the Beanstalk, Rapunzel, and Cinderella.
Act I opens with a wish, a witch, and a curse. Each separate tale intertwines throughout the story, each depending on a weakness or strength of another. The play's conflicts are motivated by selfish wishes, made for the betterment of individual characters.
Act II explores what happens after "happily ever after," when these wishes have come true. The land is ravaged by a giant, whose husband was killed when Jack chopped down the beanstalk. The show explores the consequences of actions taken in the first act, and the need for community in order to survive "the Woods". Among the many messages expressed in the musical, one of the strongest is that unless people are gathering for one mission, the mission cannot be accomplished, as long as each is egocentric.
The musical makes heavy use of syncopated speech. In many instances, the characters' lines are delivered with a fixed beat that follows natural speech rhythms, but is also purposely composed in eighth, sixteenth, and quarter note rhythms as part of a spoken song. Like many Sondheim/Lapine productions, the songs contain thought-process narrative, where characters converse or think aloud.
He's a very smart prince
And I know things now, many valuable things
Sometimes people leave you halfway through the woods.
Stephen Sondheim musicals
Saturday Night • West Side Story • Gypsy • A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum • Anyone Can Whistle • Do I Hear a Waltz? • Evening Primrose • Company • Follies • A Little Night Music • The Frogs • Pacific Overtures • Sweeney Todd • Merrily We Roll Along • Sunday in the Park with George • Into the Woods • Assassins • Passion • Bounce