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.