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"Into the Woods" opens April 18

04/11/2013

“Into the Woods” actors Kelcey Steele (Jack) and Natasia Reinhardt (Red Riding Hood). The musical opens Thursday, April 18  (Photo by Jeff Sabo).
“Into the Woods” actors Kelcey Steele (Jack) and Natasia Reinhardt (Red Riding Hood). The musical opens Thursday, April 18 (Photo by Jeff Sabo).
The Miami University department of theatre will present the 14th annual John D. Yeck Production, “Into the Woods,” at 8 p.m. April 18-20 and April 25-27 and at 2 p.m. April 28 in Gates-Abegglen Theatre, Center for Performing Arts.

“Into the Woods,” with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by James Lapine, is directed by Gion DeFrancesco, associate professor of theatre.

The musical premiered on Broadway in 1987, winning three Tony Awards, including Best Score and Best Book, and four Drama Desk Awards, including Outstanding Musical. “Into the Woods” has been performed around the world and remains one of the American theatre’s best-loved musicals.

Based on the well-known fairy tales of the Brothers Grimm, ”Into the Woods” leads the audience on a fantastical journey. When a baker and his wife learn they’ve been cursed by the witch next door, they embark on a quest for the special objects required to break the spell, meeting up with a cast of well known characters including Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel and Jack.

"What a joy to bring these vibrant and very human characters to life. Anything can happen in the woods, so expect some surprises…the kind you can only get from live theatre," said DeFrancesco, who is also the scenic designer for the production.

Music direction is by Ryan Heinrich, director and vocal director of the Fairfield Summer Theatre; choreography is by Jay Goodlett of the Cincinnati Ballet and Tess Stanifer, sophomore theatre major; costume design is by Leticia Delgado, lecturer in theatre, and Amara Checchio, senior theatre major; lighting design is by Russ Blain, assistant professor of theatre; and sound design is by Christi Mueller, senior theatre major.

The 18-member cast includes two puppeteers, operating puppets designed by Patrick Hayes, adjunct lecturer and puppet and mask designer.

Tickets, $6 students, $8 seniors and $9 adults, are available at Miami box office in Shriver Center.

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