Monday, February 1, 2016

Happily Ever After?

Happily Ever After

Beyond the Fairytales 


Fairytales are filled with promise and romantic love that conquers all. At least it does at the end of most fairytales. But have you ever wondered what happens after “...They lived happily ever after”? 

In today’s world, only the magic of theatre seems a fitting ‘stage’,  so to speak, to answer this question. Which it does so eloquently and entertainingly in the musical Into the Woods. This play weaves together the plots of several well-known fairytales. Think Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, Rapunzel and Cinderella and you get the idea.

These characters lament the absence of their hearts’ desires. Ironically, when those desires are met the story goes awry. 

With music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by James Lapine, this theatrical wonderland comes to life when Sonoma State University Department of Music and Department of Theatre Arts & Dance bring it to life February 4 through February 14. The show will be held at the Evert B. Person Theatre, 1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park, CA 94928.

This modern retelling of a play filled with wishes, curses and consequences reveals the reality of enchantment sought through selfish means. Directed by Marty Pistone this production features a cast of 20 and 14-piece orchestra conducted by Grammy nominated Lynne Morrow.

To help bring this musical morality tale to life, Sonoma State University student designers created more than 200 individual costume pieces and special effects for set and lighting.

Into the Woods first debuted in 1986 at San Diego at the Old Globe Theatre and premiered on Broadway where it won several Tony Awards, including Best Score, Best Book, and Best Actress in a Musical (Joanna Gleason), in a year dominated by The Phantom of the Opera (1988).

No small feat under any circumstances, especially when dealing with fractured fairytales that include witches, royal balls, hungry wolves and magic beans.

To find out if they do live happily ever after: 

February 4 to February 14, 2016
7:30 p.m. Thursday, February. 4; Friday, February 5; Saturday, February 6

5 p.m. Sunday, February. 7 (Post show discussion)
10 a.m. Wednesday, February 10 (School matinee featuring piano only)
7:30 p.m. Thursday, February 11 ($5 Friends & Family Night)
7:30 p.m. Friday, February 12 and Saturday, February 13
2 p.m. Sunday, February 14
Tickets: $5-$17 (SSU students free with ID). Parking $5.
Call 707-664-4246 or click here.

Related Information:
Global Folklore

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