‘Into The Woods’ will bring new twists to classic fairy tales

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Actress Chloe Carroll portrays Little Red Riding Hood in El Camino’s upcoming production based on the hit play, “Into the Woods.” The musical will debut in the Campus Theatre on April 16 at 8 p.m. Photo credit: Jo Rankin

In a world where magic is the only answer to solving one’s problems, a group of unlikely hero’s must face the consequences of their happiness by banding together and saving their home.

“Into The Woods” is both a Broadway show by Stephen Sondheim and a book by James Lapine; there was also a movie adaptation in 2014, and will now be showing at El Camino, debuting on April 16.

Ronald Scarlata, theater professor, helped get the play started.

“We selected ‘Woods’ this spring because it is a beautiful show that is not only an unusual and funny mash-up of many of the classic fairy tales, but it is also a powerful theatrical piece that has a lot to say about the ambivalence of life/relationships and the need for community and family.”

The cast and crew have been rehearsing each act of the play leading up to the April 16 debut at the Campus Theatre.

During the first act, there are three different lives portrayed on one stage with Cinderella, Jack, his mother, and their milk-less cow, and the baker and his wife.

Play director Don Hill spoke of the cast members with praise, saying that they are “wonderful.”

“It’s been exciting to get to know some of them a little bit,” Hill said. “I think it’s such a varied cast in terms of people who are (different ages).”

Hill was hired as a teacher/director for “Into The Woods” through an open search and interview process.

“I love musicals and ‘Into the Woods’ is one of my favorite Sondheim musicals,” Hill said. “I was kind of looking for a project that I might want to do in the spring.”

Scarlata is very excited to have Hill on board directing the show.

“Don is a very talented director who brings a lifetime of experience, much of it in the professional world, to our campus,” Scarlata said. “In addition to being a creative director, Don is an outstanding educator, who is a full-time professor in the UCI Theater Department.”

The first showing of the play will debut on April 16 at 8 p.m. in the Campus Theatre, with tickets costing $25 for adults and $18 for children, according to the Center for the Arts website.