Nearing the end of a season devoted to words and stories, it only makes sense to close with Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s seminal musical INTO THE WOODS. The ultimate storybook musical gets mightily reimagined by Ferndale’s feisty theatre, The Ringwald, in association with Two Muses Theatre and Kickham Hanley PLLC. The musical intertwines the plots of several Brothers Grimm fairy tales and follows them to explore the consequences of the characters' wishes and quests. The main characters are taken from Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, Rapunzel, and Cinderella, as well as several others. The musical is tied together by an original story involving a childless Baker and his Wife and their quest to begin a family, hampered by a Witch who has placed a curse on them.
Pared to a cast of 10 (plus a surprise guest star!), using one piano, and working closely with music director Jeff Bobick, director Joe Bailey’s production aims to strip down the grander aspects of the musical and concentrate on the story and the beautiful music and lyrics. This production highlights the resilience of the human spirit and adds lots of belly laughs along the way.
Joe Bailey directs a cast that includes Drew Arnold, Kryssy Becker, Suzan M. Jacokes, Lisa Jesswein, Molly McMahon, David Moan, Dan Morrison, Richard Payton, Jamie Richards, and Eva Rosenwald. Jeff Bobick provides Music Direction. The production is designed by Phill Harmer, Tracy Murrell, Joe Plambeck, and Alexander Henderson Trice.