KU Theatre takes on fairy tales in 'Into the Woods'

Combining the well-known fairy tales of “Cinderella,” “Rapunzel,” “Jack and the Beanstalk,” and “Little Red Riding Hood” with the story of a baker and his wife, “Into the Woods” is the Kansas University Theatre’s next musical play.

Performances are set for 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 15, 16 and 17, and at 2:30 p.m. Nov. 11 and 18 at the Crafton-Preyer Theatre in Murphy Hall, 1530 Naismith Drive.

Tickets are $20, $19 for senior citizens and KU staff, or $10 for students. To purchase tickets, call 864-3982 or go online to kutheatre.com.

In “Into the Woods,” a baker and his wife desperately want a child but have been cursed with childlessness by a witch. They must perform various missions involving the characters in the other fairy tales to break the spell. The script touches on themes of greed and gluttony, as well as the need for community and family.

John Staniunas, associate professor of theatre, is directing and choreographing the musical; Ryan McCall, University Theatre accompanist, is musical director and conductor of the nine-piece orchestra for the production. Cynthia Evans, a second-year graduate student in scenography, is scenic designer; Dennis Christilles, associate professor of theatre, is lighting designer; and Delores Ringer, associate professor of theatre, is costume designer.

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