Theatre Company heads to The Woods
Popular children's storybook characters come to life in spring musical
The Theatre Company is preparing its spring musical - a production full of familiar children's storybook characters. Beginning April 30, audiences can enjoy "two productions in one" with first- through sixth-grade students performing the adorable Winnie the Pooh Kids, while middle and high school students present Into the Woods. Over 110 students have spent the semester rehearsing for the production.
Production director Charlotte Garcia Da Rosa reports that Winnie the Pooh Kids was written by the same composers who wrote the music for Frozen. "It's a wonderful musical and we are fortunate to have phenomenally talented young leading actors playing the beloved animal friends of Christopher Robin."
Into the Woods is a Tony Award-winning musical that includes lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. The musical intertwines several of Brothers Grimm fairy tales. The main characters are taken from Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, Rapunzel, and Cinderella, as well as several others. The musical tells an original story involving a baker and his wife and their quest to begin a family, their interaction with a witch who places a curse on them and their journey with other storybook characters.
"The challenge for students in Into the Woods was to re-imagine famous fairy tale characters as real life people with real life problems," says Ms. Garcia Da Rosa. "The kids have done an amazing job interpreting Stephen Sondheim's challenging musical score. It's also very exciting that the Disney-produced film version of the musical has added to the popularity and love of the show!"
Tim A. Hire, County Superintendent of Schools
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