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Opens Friday: 4th St. Theater presents 'Into the Woods’

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4th Street Theater will present the Tony Award winning musical Into the Woods. The show, which has an enchanting, moving and profound score by Stephen Sondheim; and a powerful, witty book by James Lapine, opened on Broadway on November 5, 1987. It is a brilliantly conceived exploration of what happens after “happily ever after.”

Into The Woods opens on Friday, November 4, and runs through Sunday, November 20, at the 4th Street Theater in Chesterton. Reservations may be made by phoning the theater at (219) 926-5533 or at Brown Paper Tickets online. Sunday performances are at 3 p.m. All other performances are at 8 p.m. Reservations are strongly suggested due to limited seating.

Into The Woods is a magical, imaginative adventure with a moral and political point of view. Employing sophisticated artistry and innovative craft, the show’s creators lead the audience on a journey to the darker side of fairy tales as they explore the pain of growing up, communal responsibility, and the values we pass on to our children. As the intricate, absorbing plot unfolds, a childless baker and his wife, cursed by a wicked witch, go off into the woods in hopes of ridding themselves of her evil influence. There they encounter Cinderella, her prince, Little Red Riding Hood, the Wolf, Jack the Giant Killer, Rapunzel, and other fairy tale characters who are attempting to realize wishes of their own.

With tenderness and laughter, Sondheim and Lapine bring us through a maze that mirrors the complexity of everyday existence. Like the characters in Into The Woods, we end this journey aware of the moral consequences of our actions and the power of tolerance, community and shared sacrifice.

Drawing from the tri-county area of Northwest Indiana, the 19 member cast includes Margie Calhoon, Rhonda Janowski, Dean Perrine, Gracelyn Perrine, and Michael Ruff of Chesterton; Bill Carns, Laura Carns, and Craig Golbesky of Hebron; Lillian Conner, Lindsey Elderkin, Bob Penney, Caroline Rau, and Kendra Vanderstar of Valparaiso; Alicia Ebaugh, Ric Heath, and Tim Slatton of Michigan City; Samantha Raab of Hobart; Brittney Urban of Highland; and Victoria Luster-Bartz of Portage. Linda Pauli of Chesterton is Director and Vocal Director. Jeff Otto of Schererville is Music Director. Kevin Doler of Chesterton is Set Designer and Stanlee Hodsden of Portage is Costume Designer. Angela Heid of Kingsford Heights designed lighting and sound.

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Posted 11/3/2016




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