Kent State School of Theatre and Dance Turns Fairy Tales Upside Down With Into the Woods

In the land of Once Upon A Time, sometimes you need to be careful what you wish for

By Joni Koneval

Kent State University’s School of Theatre and Dance continues its 2016-2017 season with the classic, Tony Award-winning musical Into the Woods. The production runs Friday, Nov. 4, through Sunday, Nov. 13, in E. Turner Stump Theatre, located in the Center for the Performing Arts at 1325 Theatre Drive in Kent.Pictured is Robert Scott Taylor as the Baker, Emma Wichhart as the Baker’s Wife, Zach Stark as the prince and Rebecca Rand as Cinderella.

For tickets, call 330-672-ARTS (2787), purchase online at or in person at the Performing Arts Box Office located in the Roe Green Center lobby of the Center for the Performing Arts at 1325 Theatre Drive. The box office is open Monday through Friday from noon to 5 p.m. Tickets are $18 for adults; $14 for Kent State alumni, faculty and staff; $14 for seniors (60+); and tickets are $10 for non-Kent State students age 18 and under. Tickets are free for full-time, Kent Campus undergraduate students. Groups of 10 or more can purchase tickets for $12 per person. Flex pass subscriptions also are available. The box office accepts Visa, MasterCard, Discover, checks and cash.

Directed by School of Theatre and Dance’s Eric van Baars, Into the Woods is an epic fairy tale that proves the road to happily ever after isn’t all that it seems. With music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by James Lapine, this enchanting modern classic brings together some of the most popular characters of the Brothers Grimm and sends them on a journey that will make them question their choices. When a baker and his wife venture into the woods to break the curse that leaves them childless, they meet other fairy tale characters with wishes of their own. When the quest is over and everyone’s wish is granted – a child for the baker and his wife, a prince for Cinderella and Jack’s cow producing milk – happiness abounds. Or does it?

The production features music direction by Jonathan Swoboda, scenic design by Terry Martin, costume design by Brittney Harrell, lighting design by Devin Powell, sound design by Cory Kosman and technical direction by Heather R. Sinclair. Emma Burns serves as production stage manager.

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