Topic: College of Fine Arts

February 29, 2008

Out of the storybooks and into an enchanted forest, Ball State's University Theatre presents "Into the Woods," the ultimate fairy tale of need, drama and desire.

Performances are at 7:30 p.m. March 27-29 and April 2-5 and at 2:30 p.m. March 30 in University Theatre.

Written by James Lapine, "Into the Woods" is a Tony Award-winning, Broadway musical with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim.

"It's a musical fairy tale intertwining the lives of well known Brothers Grimm characters that interconnect to tell a story," said Beth Turcotte, associate professor of theater.

The main characters are taken from the stories of "Little Red Riding Hood," "Jack and the Beanstalk," "Rapunzel" and "Cinderella." All are tied together by an original story about a baker and his wife's wish to begin a family along with Cinderella's wish to go to the ball and Jack and his mother's wish for more wealth.

Though their wishes are granted, the plot follows the characters to explore the consequences. It's through their adventures that the fairy tale characters come together, Turcotte said.

"Into the Woods" has 12 main characters and includes 23 student actors and one faculty actor, Bill Jenkins, chairperson of the Department of Theatre and Dance.

"Having 12 main characters is what's wonderful about this show," said Turcotte. "It's a great learning tool for the young actors and musicians."

Although it's a fairy tale, the performance is on multiple levels, so children and adults will find the different themes thought-provoking, recognizable and enjoyable, she said.

Tickets cost $15.50 for the general public, $11.50 for senior citizens, $9.50 for students and $13.50 for faculty and staff. Tickets can be purchased at University Theatre box office.

By Jennifer Regnier