PULLMAN, Wash. — Washington State University’s Opera Workshop will present a production of Stephen Sondheim’s “Into the Woods” April 11 at 8 p.m. and April 12 at 2 p.m. in Bryan Hall Theatre.
The award-winning musical weaves together several well-known fairy tales, including “Jack and the Beanstalk,” “Little Red Ridinghood,” “Cinderella” and “Rapunzel.” The first act shows each character on a quest through the woods to obtain their wish. The second act explores what happens after “happily ever after.”
The story is designed to make the audience aware of the complex nature of everyday life, the moral consequences of our actions and the power of tolerance, community and shared sacrifice, said Julie Anne Wieck, production director.
The play features Zachary Van Brunt as the Narrator/Mysterious Man, Mary Beth Brewer as Cinderella, Bryce Weaver as Jack, Benjamin Gudgeon as Baker, Jaime Miller as Baker’s Wife, Katherine Jansen as Cinderella’s Stepmother, Amanda Watson as Florinda, Marlene Berner as Lucinda, Megan Beresford as Jack’s Mother, Jessica Abbott as Little Red Ridinghood, Tina Paulson as Witch, Brent Liabraaten as Cinderella’s Father, Lindsay Karstetter as Cinderella’s Mother, Holly Robinette as Rapunzel, Jim Leary as Rapunzel’s Prince, Maria Dalbotten as Grandmother, Dan Thompson as Cinderella’s Prince/Wolf, Shon Parker as Steward, Jessica Heilsberg as Snow White, Gwen Bielski as Sleeping Beauty and Jessica Heilsberg, Gwen Bielski and Ben Casad as Magic Facilitators.
The production is directed by Dr. Julie Anne Wieck and supported by the WSU Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Dr. Keating Johnson.
Tickets go on sale April 9-11 in the Kimbrough Music Building lobby from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and are $8 for general admission, and $4 for students and senior citizens. Tickets are also available at the door.