BELLEVUE Friday's performance of Into the Woods at Bellevue Society for the Arts had to be cancelled due to power outages and storm damage; however, the musical is to go on as scheduled at 7:30 p.m. today. The July 19 and 20 shows also are unaffected, and BSA has added a 2:30 p.m. matinee July 21 in the Hirt Theatre, 205 Maple St., Bellevue.
A forest scene has been created on the BSA stage with two slanted pathways and tree-trunk columns rising into the space above. On the audience's left is a platform atop a huge tree trunk. On their right is Rappunzel's massive tower.
The play is all about wishes and measures people take to achieve them.
Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine have interwoven the stories of well-known fairy tale characters trying to fulfill their dreams. Unlike the children's stories, this one explores the consequences of reaching one's goals. Much like real life, it does not end neatly and happily.
Randy J. Brown, Fremont, as the Narrator, introduces the main characters: a childless Baker and his wife, played by Ben Archer, Clyde, and Monica Siesel, Bellevue; Cinderella, portrayed by Kate Nichols, Perkins Township; and Jack (of beanstalk fame), played by David Riegel, Bellevue.
Jack's mother sends him off to the village to sell their milkless cow and bring back the money. On the way, the foolish boy meets a mysterious man who gives Jack some magic beans in exchange for the cow. The beans do get Jack some cash, but not until he kills the giant and is threatened by the bereaved widow.
Gracie Keener, Wakeman, as Little Red Riding Hood, stops in to buy goodies from the Baker and skips off to see her grandmother, with the lecherous wolf on her trail.
Next, a witch (Laura Horn, Bellevue) turns up at the Baker's door to tell them a curse has caused their childlessness. If they can bring her some specific delicacies, she promises to remove the spell. The Baker sets out on a journey to find the desired items.
Most readers know how Cinderella, with magical assistance, manages to make it to the King's Festival and fall in love with the Prince. By the end of Act I, all the wishes are granted, but they do not bring happiness and contentment to everyone. What begins as an irreverent fantasy becomes a lesson about community responsibility and the stories we tell our children.
In addition to those listed, the cast includes: Kelsey Wright, Bob Ammanniti and Elizabeth Harper, Bellevue; Heidi Sarvis-Sapp, Berlin Heights; Darla Brown, Fremont; Kira Sizemore and Ray Sizemore III, Norwalk; Melanie Mork, Ethan Mandeville and Brett Minor, Sandusky; Allison Hohman, Marblehead; and Elizabeth Vogel, Oak Harbor.
With music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, and book by James Lapine, Into The Woods is sponsored by The Bellevue Hospital. It is produced by special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).
The show is directed by Jim Jarrell, Lakewood. Candice Kraus, Massillon, serves as the piano accompanist/orchestra leader.
Musicians include: Tina Ammanniti, Ellaura Bruno, Jeff Gray, Joan Knight and Kim Knight, all of Bellevue; William Burkett, Fremont; David Coovert, Willard; Gene Moore, New Washington; Mike Sommers, Monroeville and Melissa Wargo, Sandusky.
Tickets for Into The Woods are $10 for adults 18+, $8 for adults 60+, and $6 for students through grade 12.
The show contains some mature themes and situations. Discretion is advised for children under 12.
Call 419-484-ARTS (2787) for reservations.