January 20, 2018
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Hampden Youth Theatre to perform ‘Into the Woods’

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HAMPDEN, Maine — The Hampden Area Players will present the Broadway Junior version of Stephen Sondheim’s musical “Into the Woods” at 7 p.m. July 11 and 12 and 2 p.m. July 13 at the Hampden Academy Performing Arts Center, 89 Western Ave. Tickets are $5 general admission at the door.

The lively, family-friendly musical intertwines the plots of several Brothers Grimm fairy tales, including Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, Rapunzel, and Cinderella, as well as several others. The show is tied together by a story of a childless baker and his wife who wish for a child, are cursed by a witch, and meet a colorful cast of storybook characters, each of whom have an unfulfilled wish as well.

Based on the book by James Lapine, “Into the Woods” combines themes of growing up, parents and children, accepting responsibility, morality, and wish fulfillment and its consequences. When first performed in its full-length original version on Broadway in 1988, the musical won a Tony Award for Best Original Score. “Into the Woods Junior” is part of the Broadway Junior Collection of Music Theater International.

The hour-long junior version will feature youth actors ages 10 to 17, upbeat musical numbers, and a chance for audience members to visit with the fairy tale characters after the show.

“Into the Woods” is the second production of the newly formed community theater group, and is directed by Rob Kissinger and produced by Kurt and Beth Soule, with musical direction by Christen Casavant. Last summer, the Hampden Area Players presented “Pirates of Penance.”

For more information on the show or the Hampden Area Players, contact Beth Soule at 862-3375.