‘Into the Woods’ Kicks off Theatre Season

by News Bureau on Wednesday, Sep. 14, 2011

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Sept. 14, 2011 — The Tony Award-winning musical “Into the Woods” will kick off the 2011-2012 Southeast Missouri State University River Campus theatre and dance production series at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 28-Oct. 1 and 2 p.m. Oct. 2 in the Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall.

The play, based on the book by James Lapine with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, received three Tony Awards for Best Score, Best Book and Best Actress in a Musical in 1987. “Into the Woods” also received the Drama Desk Award for Best Musical and the NY Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Musical.

The play puts a funny twist on several classic Brothers Grimm fairy tales including “Cinderella,” “Little Red Riding Hood,” “Jack and the Beanstalk” and “Rapunzel” in order to show what really happens after “happily ever after.” The audience will quickly realize that none of the characters are quite as perfect as they appeared in the original fairy tales. An ambivalent Cinderella, a blood-thirsty Little Red Riding Hood, a Prince Charming with a roving eye and a Witch who raps are all among the cockeyed characters in this fractured fairy tale.

“In true Brothers Grimm fashion, everyone’s wish is granted, but the consequences of their actions return to haunt them later, with disastrous results,” said Amy Fritsche, director of the production and assistant professor of theatre and dance at Southeast.

The situations children dream to be in after hearing the fairy tales become lessons about community responsibility, morality, and wish fulfillment and its consequences in this fractured fairy tale.

“If you want a Disney fairy tale, leave at the end of Act I,” Fritsche said. “If you want a Brothers Grimm fairy tale, see the whole show and watch what happens once they get their wish.”

Tickets are on Sale Now.

Tickets may be purchased by contacting the River Campus Box Office, located in the Cultural Arts Center, 518 S. Fountain St., weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., or by calling (573) 651-2265. Tickets also may be purchased at all MetroTix outlets, online at MetroTix.com keyword, “woods,” or by calling toll-free (800) 293-5949.