Sondheim and James Lapine's Into the Woods begins performances Jan. 12 as the inaugural staging in the 299-seat MAX Theatre, one of two venues in the new Signature home in the Shirlington Village section of Arlington.
Helen Hayes Award-winning artistic director Eric Schaeffer directs the musical that conflates various fairy tales (including an original story cooked up by librettist Lapine). The cast is a mix of resident and guest artists, which is the general practice at Signature.
"For the opening of our new building there was no question that it had to be a Sondheim show," stated Schaeffer. "Perhaps what I’m most excited about is the fact that The MAX Theatre in the new space allows us to do fantastic things with this show that the old converted-garage would not. We really get to show off the scale of the theatre by taking audiences directly into the world of the show."
"The well-known tales of Cinderella, Rapunzel, Jack and the Beanstalk, and Little Red Ridinghood are combined with an original story of a Baker and his Wife who desperately want children, but must remove the curse standing in their way," according to Signature notes.
The production will continue to Feb. 25. The cast includes Florrie Bagel as Florinda, April Harr Blandin as the Baker's Wife, Matt Conner as Steward, Priscilla Cuellar as Lucinda, Steven Cupo as Cinderella's Father, Erin Driscoll as Rapunzel, Eleasha Gamble as the Witch, Dana Krueger as Cinderella's Mother/Grandmother, Sean MacLaughlin as Rapunzel's Prince, Channez McQuay as the Stepmother, Donna Migliaccio as Jack's Mom, James Moye as Cinderella's Prince/Wolf, Daniel Cooney as the Baker, Stephen Gregory Smith as Jack, Stephanie Waters as Cinderella, Lauren Williams as Little Red Riding Hood and Harry A. Winter as Narrator/Mysterious Man.
Robert Perdziola has designed sets and costumes. Jon Kalbfleisch is music director, Karma Camp is choreographer, Tony Angellini is sound designer and Chris Lee is lighting designer.
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