Fairy Tale Land takes over the Struthers Library Theatre stage next week - in a big, weird and hilarious way.
Warren Players' production of Stephen Sondheim's expansive, irreverent musical "Into the Woods," directed by Jeremy Jeziorski, is based on all of your favorite childhood fairy tales. Sondheim smashes them together into a tangled web of a story based more on the original Grimm's Fairy Tales than the later, Disney-fied versions we've grown accustomed to. Act I shows us your typical Happily-Ever-After story line, as Jack trades his cow for magic beans, Little Red Riding Hood saves Granny from the Big Bad Wolf, the Baker and his Wife gather items to break a curse placed on them by a Wicked Witch, Cinderella marries her Prince and Rapunzel finds a charming Prince of her own.
Act II, however, tosses our fairy tale characters head-first into the real world, dealing (both hilariously and seriously) with the consequences of their actions. What happens *after *Happily Ever After? What happens when the Giant's wife comes down the beanstalk looking for him? What happens when fairy tale characters turn against their own narrator?
Rapunzel (Adrianne Hunt)
Jack and his Mother
(Steve Reaugh & Lil Hunkele)
The two Princes (Michael Sternberg & Andrew Stalder)
The Baker and his Wife
(Kevin Hunt & Emily Parroccini)
Little Red Riding Hood (Leah Lyons)
Cinderella (Alyssa D’Alessandro)
"Into the Woods" is a massive undertaking for any theater company, and Warren Players has pulled out all the stops to make this musical a reality. Music Director CJ Lyons conducts a pit orchestra of 15 musicians playing more than 70 distinct musical pieces. Vocal director Joy McMonigal works with the cast prior to every rehearsal to keep them in harmony. Costume mistress Heidi Catalino, along with Dixie Brumagin and a staff of five, has created a gorgeous tapestry of costumes for the characters. Production manager Gary Brumagin has overseen the set design, building and painting with the assistance of more than a dozen volunteers from the community. Prop mistress Kathy Hurst has a crew of 10 feverishly building everything from magic staffs to birds, chickens, tree stumps and a cow, as well as special effects and pyrotechnics.
"Into the Woods" opens Thursday, July 21, at Struthers Library Theatre, 302 W. Third Ave. in Warren, and shows at 8 p.m. on July 21, 22, 23, 28, 29 and 30, with a 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday, July 24. Tickets are $14 for adults, $12 for students and seniors, free for children 5 and younger. The show is rated PG for some mature language and situations. Handicap-accessible seating and assisted listening devices are available with reservation by calling the theater office: 723-7231.
Photography by Jeremy Jeziorski.