Fairy tales with a twist in ‘Into the Woods’

The Theatre School at DePaul University production runs Nov. 3 through 12

Cast members of Into The Woods producation at The Theatre School at DePaul
The Theatre School at DePaul University's production of "Into The Woods" runs Nov. 3 to 12. (Photo by Michael Brosilow)
CHICAGO — The Theatre School at DePaul University will present “Into the Woods,” Steven Sondheim’s musical twist on the Brothers Grimm fairy tales.

The production runs Nov. 3 to 12 on the Fullerton Stage at The Theatre School at 2350 N. Racine Ave. on DePaul University’s Lincoln Park Campus. Performances are 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays and 2 p.m. on Sundays.

“Into the Woods,” with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by James Lapine, follows Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel and Jack of beanstalk fame as their lives intertwine in the darkness of the woods. The characters see their greatest dreams fulfilled, but with unintended consequences. “Into the Woods” warns audiences to be careful what they wish for.

Barry Brunetti, head of DePaul’s Theatre Arts program, directs this production with musical direction by DePaul faculty member Mark Elliott and choreography by Kelly Maryanski.

The 7:30 p.m. Nov. 10 performance will include an audio description service and a pre-performance touch tour for patrons who are blind or have low vision.

The cast features Delaney Feener (Cinderella), Jillian Skale (Cinderella's Stepmother), Katie Travers (The Baker's Wife), Laila Rodriques (The Witch), Anna Connelly (Lucinda), Jonathan S. Campbell (Cinderella’s Father), Emma Page (Florinda), Marian van Noppen (Rapunzel), Gabby Gillespie (Little Red Riding Hood), Christina Euphrat (Cinderella's Mother/Granny), Courtney Peck (Jack's Mother), Michael Morrow (Rapunzel's Prince), Jayson Lee (The Baker), Vinh Nguyen (Jack), Skylar Okerstrom-Lang (Cinderella's Prince/The Wolf), Sean Wesslund (Narrator), Cedric Hills (The Steward) and Teddy Boone (Mysterious Man).

The production team also features Sophia Blood (scenic designer), Kiera Pitts (costume designer), Joseph Clavell (lighting designer), Agata Pacia (sound designer), Mariah Schultz (dramaturg) and Ben Gates-Utter (stage manager).

The orchestra includes James Brinkman (flute/piccolo), Lillia Woolschlager (oboe, English horn), Laurie Blanchets (Bb clarinet, A Clarinet, bass clarinet), Elliot Cobb (bassoon), Erika Hollenback (French horn), Valerie Kolb (trumpet), Sean Kopp (percussion), Ryan Brewster (piano) and Dustin L. Struhall (keyboard).

Brunetti has studied acting with David Downs and Stephen Strimpell at the Herbert Berghof Studio in New York where he appeared Off Broadway in featured rules in “Irma La Douce” and “City of Life.” He has appeared as Salieri in “Amadeus,” Nathan Detroit in “Guys And Dolls” and Richard in “The Lion In Winter.” In Chicago, he has appeared as George in American Theatre Company’s remounting of “Scapin” at Theatre on the Lake, Tom French in Element Theater’s production of “The Secret Rapture” at Victory Gardens and Frank in Element’s production of “Private Eyes” at The Theatre Building. Regional directing credits include “Equus,” “Cat On A Hot Tin Roof” and “Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf?” His directing credits at The Theatre School include “Pinocchio 3.5,” “The Kingdom of Grimm,” “Dinner at Eight” (with Donald Ilko) and most recently, Seamus Heaney’s “The Burial at Thebes.” Chicago directing credits include critically acclaimed productions of the Chicago premiere of Naomi Wallace’s “One Flea Spare,” Howard Barker’s “No End Of Blame,” and “Differences in Jealousy” for Collaboraction Theatre.

Tickets are $15 and student tickets are $5. All tickets are reserved seating. Subscriptions and group rates for six or more people are available. Tickets are available by calling the box office at 773-325-7900 or visiting http://theatre.depaul.edu.

The Theatre School at DePaul University is located at 2350 N. Racine Ave. The school is accessible via the Fullerton CTA Station and the Fullerton 74 bus. Visitors and audience members can park in DePaul University's Clifton Parking Deck, located at 2330 N. Clifton Ave.

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