By Bill Iddings
MUSKEGON — As the 2015-2016 local theatre season comes to a close, Muskegon Civic Theatre will bow out May 5-8 with the dark fairy tale musical “Into the Woods.”
The show with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by James Lapine will run for four performances at the 1,748-seat Frauenthal Theater in downtown Muskegon.
Performances are 7:30 p.m. May 5-7 and 3 p.m. May 8. Tickets are $24 for adults and $20 for students and senior citizens. They are available at the box office of the Frauenthal Center for the Performing Arts, which is open weekdays from from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and until showtimes before performances. Call (231) 727-8001.
“Into the Woods” incorporates several fairy tales written by the Brothers Grimm and Charles Perrault. It intertwines story lines mainly involving Little Red Ridinghood, Jack of beanstalk renown, Rapunzel and Cinderella. Those are more are tied together by the story of a Baker and his Wife who yearn to have a child, and come under a the curse of a Witch.
The show that mixes comedy and drama premiered in 1986 in San Diego, and staged its initial Broadway run in 1987. The Broadway production won several Tony Awards, including Best Actress for Joanna Gleason as The Baker’s Wife. A 2014 film adaptation starred Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt, James Corden, Anna Kendrick, Chris Pine, Tracey Ullman, Christine Baranski and Johnny Depp.
MCT’s “Into the Woods” is being directed by Kirk Wahamaki, the theatre company’s artistic director.
His large cast has Dakotah Salazar as the Narrator, Sabrina Hochhuth as Cinderella, Heath Carpenter as Jack, Sheila Wahamaki as Jack’s Mother, Cavin Mohrhardt as The Baker, Monica Brothers as The Baker’s Wife, Jaime McCool as Cinderella’s Stepmother, Chelsea Zobl and Amanda Williams as Cinderella’s stepsisters, Laurel Burgam as Little Red Ridinghood, Regina Schlaff as The Witch, Katie Smith as Cinderella’s Mother, David Riegler as Mysterious Man, Kristopher Arnold as the Wolf, Gina Faino as Granny, Abigail Clark as Rapunzel, Kevin Foley as Cinderella’s Prince, Alex Barringer as Rapunzel’s Prince, Paul Dickens-Jacobs as the Steward, Dave Utzinger as Cinderella’s Father, Joy Lamphere as the Giant, Breece Hammond as Snow White and Abby Olsen as Sleeping Beauty.