Sondheim fairy tale classic served at Fountain Hills Theater

Fountain Hills Theater presents the popular fractured fairy tale, “Into the Woods,” written by James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim, Feb. 12-28.

Starring in “Into the Woods” at Fountain Hills Theater are, from left, Steven Enriquez, Summer Beckman, Zolton Bonnenfant and Carly Cairns.

Starring in “Into the Woods” at Fountain Hills Theater are, from left, Steven Enriquez, Summer Beckman, Zolton Bonnenfant and Carly Cairns.

An ambivalent Cinderella? A blood-thirsty Little Red Riding Hood? A prince who’s charming but not necessarily sincere? A witch … who raps? They’re all among the cockeyed characters in what many consider to be a modern-day classic.

When a Baker and his wife learn they’ve been cursed by the witch next door, they embark on a quest for the special objects required to break the spell, swindling, lying to and stealing from Cinderella, Little Red, Rapunzel and Jack (the one who climbed the beanstalk).

Everyone’s wish is granted at the end of Act One, but the consequences of their actions return to haunt them later, with disastrous results.

What begins as a lively irreverent fantasy in the style of “The Princess Bride” becomes a moving lesson about community responsibility and the stories we tell our children.

“Into the Woods” is produced by Anne Kelleher, student-produced by Kaitlyn Hohl, directed by Ross Collins and assistant-directed by Sarah Brown.
Choreography is by Noel Irick and musical direction by Jennifer Whiting.

“Into the Woods” features Summer Beckman, Zolton Bonnenfant, Carly Cairns, Sarah Cihak, Carlee Coulehan, Caleb Delos-Santos, Hunter DiGrazia, Steven Enriquez, Haley Hanni, Sebastian Harris-Wylde, Alexandra Hurney, Haylee Klein, Rachel Larsen, Katie Male, Chloe Rozalsky, Asher Sheppard, Fallon Smith, Morgan Tuazon and David Woods.

Performances are 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday.

Individual tickets are $18 for adults and $15 for children 17 and under.

Performances are at Fountain Hills Community Theater on its Youth Stage at 11445 N. Saguaro Blvd. Box office hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Recommended for ages 10 and up.

Tickets are available through the theater Box Office at 480-837-9661, Ext. 3.

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