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May 7, 2010 > Theatre Preview: Into the Woods

Theatre Preview: Into the Woods

Curtain Call Performing Arts heads "Into the Woods" with the launch of their 2010 season. Now entering its second season, Curtain Call is realizing its vision of making the arts accessible to more people than ever by dropping ticket prices to $12, offering one low price for all patrons.

The company continues its "Arts in Our Schools," free assembly program on May 13, presenting two shows at 9:30 a.m. and 1p.m. free of charge for local school children. Additionally, all shows for the general public will feature ASL interpretation for the hearing impaired.

"Into the Woods," a musical with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by James Lapine, premiered on Broadway in 1987, winning several Tony Awards, including Best Score, Best Book, and Best Actress in a Musical (Joanna Gleason). Inspired by Bruno Bettelheim's 1976 book, "The Uses of Enchantment," the musical intertwines the plots of several Brothers Grimm fairy tales and follows them further to explore the consequences of the characters' wishes and quests.

The main characters are taken from the stories of Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, Rapunzel, and Cinderella, tied together by an original story involving a Baker and his wife and their quest to begin a family. "Into the Woods" also includes references to several other well-known tales incorporating humor and farce with drama and dark elements... there's something for everyone.

Directed by Catherine Heck, "Into the Woods" stars Melissa Modifer (San Leandro) as the Evil Witch, Sherae Honeycutt (Danville) as Cinderella, Jillian Jameson (Castro Valley) as Little Red Riding Hood, Nick Quintell (San Leandro) as Jack, Kevin Calderon (San Leandro) as The Big Bad Wolf, Rebecca Sulek (San Leandro) as Rapunzel, Nik Dmoski (San Leandro) as the Baker, and Liz Calame (San Leandro) as the Bakers Wife. With amazing vocals, and great chemistry, the cast brings the tall tales to life.

Into the Woods
Friday & Saturday: May 14, 15, 20, 21, 22
8 p.m.
Sunday, May 16
3 p.m.
Lisser Theatre
Mills College
5000 McArthur Blvd., Oakland
(510) 909-9516

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