While the film version of “Into the Woods” is still fresh in the minds of movie goers, Kelrik Productions will bring Stephen Sondheim’s Tony award-winning musical version to San Luis Obispo — set for a limited run of three live performances at the beautiful Cuesta Performing Arts Center April 17 to 19.
The forests are not always what they seem in this musical. Weaving popular fairy tales together, this musical asks “What happens after happily ever after?” Director/choreographer Erik Austin, co-director Sandy Schwarer and musical director John Cribb head the creative team. Austin said he has loved this show since he was a student at San Luis Obispo High School, even convincing the school to do the show as his senior project. The rest of the creative team includes backdrop design by Grosh & Kenmark Inc., scenic painting by Sharon Doran, costume design by Costume Capers, stage management by Ryan Manus, sound design by Ron Eminhizer and lighting design by Richard Jackson .
With music and lyrics by Sondheim and book by James Lapine, “Into the Woods” debuted on Broadway in 1987 and ran for 764 performances garnering many awards during it’s initial Broadway run including Best Actress in a Musical and Best Original Book and Score. The show has spawned numerous national tours and revivals and remains one of the American theater’s best loved musicals to produce.
In this story, audience members will see many of the fairy tale characters that you have grown to love come to life in one epic story. All of these tales are woven together by an original story that involves a baker and his wife whose wish to begin a family sets off a series of twisted events within the confines of the dark woods.
“Audiences have a very unique opportunity to see two versions of ‘Into the Woods’ in two different mediums, all within months of each other,” said Austin. “The Cuesta Performing Arts Center provides a unique and beautiful space that allows for theater-goers to fully enjoy this epic and extraordinary story.”
“Sondheim illustrates how there are always consequences to face when wishes are granted and those consequences are not always pretty,” Schwarer added.
Tickets for “Into the Woods” are on sale now and may be purchased online at www.kelrikproductions.org or in person at Cheap Thrills, 563 Higuera St. in downtown San Luis Obispo. Performances are Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. with one Sunday Matinee at 2 p.m. April 17 to 19. Parking is available next to the theater.
Kelrik’s summer production will be “Peter Pan.” Performances will be held over the weekends of July 10 to 12 and July 17 to 19 at Spanos Theater. For more information on Kelrik Productions, please visit our website: www.kelrikproductions.org.