April 15, 2016
Into the Woods Coming to Stage
West Virginia Wesleyan College, in conjunction with the Department of Theatre and Music, will be hosting a theatrical production titled Into the Woods on April 21-23 at 8 p.m. with an additional matinee showing at 2 p.m. on April 23. The production will take place in the Culpepper Auditorium in the Virginia Thomas Law Center for the Performing Arts.
With the music and lyrics by the eminent American composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim, the production is a mash up musical of various fairytale characters, some of which include Cinderella, Jack and the Bean Stalk, and Little Red Riding Hood, among others. The characters travel on a jaunty voyage into the woods in search of what each character aspires to gain in their expedition. The production foreshadows growing up and the experiences that shape us in life. Characters begin as flat, 2-D characters that evolve into lively 3-D characters while battling adversity, leaving the production with an intriguing, yet obscure moral.
"I'm very proud of the work these students are doing with the beautifully complex material in this musical,” said director Thomas Schoffler, associate professor of Theatre Arts and director of the musical theatre program. “It has been a joy to watch them become inspired by the rich music, the detailed costumes from our guest designer, and the work of our professional guest actor," he stated as he expressed his excitement about the upcoming production.
The production will be a fun musical that families with children of all ages can enjoy with very engaging scenarios throughout Acts I & II. With guest artist Katherine Smart-Hughes, who has performed in a number of national tours including the national tour of Annie the Musical, playing the witch in the euphonic production and guest costume designer from University of California – San Bernardino Andre Harrington. The production will make for a thrilling atmosphere with a variety of interesting outfits as well as personalities hitting the stage.
Tickets will be made available at the door one hour prior to the showings. Admission for general audience is $10 for adults, $8 for senior citizens, and $5 with a Wesleyan College ID.
For more information on upcoming events, please visit www.wvwc.edu.
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