Into the Woods Director’s Note

It will soon be time to travel into the woods. 
I invite you to come along and to enjoy some
of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s greatest
work. Into the Woods combines the well-known
fairy tales of Cinderella, Rapunzel, Jack and
the Beanstalk, and Little Red Riding Hood with
the story of the Baker and his Wife who
desperately want a child. Unfortunately, the
couple is childless because of a curse placed
upon them by a witch. The husband and wife
undertake various missions involving the
characters in the other fairy tales to break
the spell. What must they do? The Baker and
his Wife must bring the witch a cow as white as
milk, a cape as red as blood, hair as yellow as
corn, and a slipper as pure as gold. After a
series of failed attempts, the Baker and his
Wife are successful and break the spell. The other
characters, as well, accomplish their goals, only
to learn about the pitfalls of greed and gluttony.
Finally, the characters learn about the need for
community and family when they must unite to fight
against the wife of the giant Jack killed, who has
decided to come back for revenge. There are parts
for a diverse group of female and male actors. Most
parts require at least a minimal amount of singing. 
There will be some limited choreography. Auditions
are June 14 and 15, 2015. I encourage everyone to
be involved in some capacity whether it be on stage,
backstage, costuming or tech.

About the Director

A little about myself: I may be new to directing
here at the Playhouse, but I am not new to
directing or to appearing on a community theater
stage. I have been with Community Theatre of Clay
County since 1986. For the last eight years I
have been president and principal director for
the Brazil theater group. I have directed a
wide-range of musicals like Schoolhouse Rock, Clue,
Anything Goes, Pump Boys and Dinettes, Nunsense,
Once Upon A Mattress, Damn Yankees, Little Shop of
Horrors, Shrek and Into The Woods. I have also
directed stage comedies, Christmas productions and
musical revues. So, I ask you to trust me. I ask
you to trust me to create a fun atmosphere where we
will work hard, enjoy each other’s efforts and
company, and make a little magic for ourselves and
our audiences. I hope to see you at the auditions.