November 8, 2016
Communications and Media Relations Coordinator
VSU Theatre and Dance Presents “Into The Woods” Nov. 10-16
Valdosta State University Theatre and Dance will present “Into the Woods” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 10, through Saturday, Nov. 12; 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 13; and 7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 14, through Wednesday, Nov. 16, in Sawyer Theatre.
VALDOSTA — Valdosta State University Theatre and Dance will present “Into the Woods” Nov. 10-16 on the Sawyer Theatre stage. Tickets are on sale now.
Featuring music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by James Lapine, “Into the Woods” is a Brothers Grimm-inspired musical that centers around the moral struggles of such famous fairy tale characters as Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel, and Jack. VSU first produced this be-careful-what-you-wish-for show in 1992, once on campus that spring and again that summer at the Jekyll Island Musical Theatre Festival.
“The story follows the baker and his wife, who wish to have a child; Cinderella, who wishes to go the king’s festival; and Jack, who wishes his cow would give some milk,” according to an online synopsis at StageAgent.com. “When the baker and his wife are visited by the neighborhood witch, who reveals to them that she placed a curse on their family, the two set off on a journey into the woods to reverse the curse. Also in the woods we meet Little Red, who is trying to visit her grandmother; the Wolf, who loves tasty little girls; the witch’s daughter, Rapunzel; and the princes chasing after their loves.
“By the end of Act I, everyone has gotten their wish and will seemingly live happily ever after. But in Act II, when Jack’s beanstalk brings them a visit from an angry giant, we see how the consequences of their actions haunt them in disastrous ways. The community must come together to save each other and their kingdom, but sacrifices must be made.”
“Into The Woods” premiered at the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego, Calif., on Dec. 4, 1986, running for 50 performances. It opened at the Martin Beck Theatre in New York City on Nov. 5, 1987, closing on Sept. 3, 1989, after 765 performances and winning Tony Awards for Best Score, Best Book, and Best Actress in a Musical. It later enjoyed a national tour, a West End Production, Broadway and London revivals, and more. A Disney film adaptation was released in 2014.
VSU’s production of “Into The Woods” is directed by H. Duke Guthrie, a professor of theatre in the Theatre and Dance Area. Performances will be held at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 10, through Saturday, Nov. 12; 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 13; and 7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 14, through Wednesday, Nov. 16.
Individual tickets for “Into The Woods” are $19 for adults, $16 for senior citizens, $14 for children and non-VSU students, and free for all VSU students with a valid 1Card. Tickets for groups of 10 or more people at a single performance are $13 per person.
Tickets may be reserved by calling the VSU Theatre and Dance Box Office at (229) 333-5973 between the hours of 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday or by visiting www.ticketreturn.com 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
The VSU Theatre and Dance Box Office is located on the first floor of the Fine Arts Building, at the intersection of Oak Street and Brookwood Drive, and may be reached by calling (229) 333-5973. Sawyer Theatre is also located on the first floor.
VSU Theatre and Dance is committed to fostering excellence within its theatre performance, theatre production, theatre management, musical theatre, and dance programs while also contributing to the lifelong learning and cultural development of the citizens of South Georgia, North Florida, and beyond. Its 2016-2017 performance season will continue in February with “Just So.”
Visit https://www.facebook.com/vstatenews/?ref=hl to view promotional photos and a list of the cast and crew for VSU’s production of “Into The Woods.”