The Santa Rosa Junior College Theatre Arts Department presents “Into the Woods,” running April 20 through May 6.
In this production, Stephen Sondheim weaves a basketful of beloved fairytales into a theatrical adventure.
The enlightening fable (perfect for grown-up children and grownups who are young at heart) goes past the point of answered wishes and “happily ever after” to find out what really happens next when the stories end.
Audiences wander the woods, accompanied by a dazzling score with unforgettable songs such as “Giants in the Sky,” “Agony,” and “Children Will Listen.”
The book and music, by Stephen Sondheim, weaves a basketful of beloved fairytales into a theatrical adventure.
Siobhan O’Reilly, whose mother Patty runs the Sonoma Conservatory of Dance, is playing the cow, Milky White.
She said of the show, “I have always loved fairytales and deconstructions of fairytale tropes. I think it’s fascinating how they reflect and inform our culture and our unconscious.”
Kira Catanzaro of Sonoma is playing the Stepmother. She said, “I’ve missed ‘treading the boards.’ I’ve never played a character with a black heart. I have two teenage sons, so I thought I’d try daughters. I am struggling with motherhood, particularly around issues of guilt — not being good enough/present enough and letting go of my sons who want more space and freedom. So here I am!”
Danny Banales, a theater arts major with an emphasis in playwriting, attended Sonoma Valley High.
He will be playing Cinderella’s father.
Victor Santoyo Cruz from Sonoma is pursuing his acting certificate at SRJC and he is a member of the ensemble.
Cruz said that he hopes that being part of the “Woods” cast will expand his acting abilities.
“Being a part of a musical has always been a goal of mine,” he said.
The production is directed by Laura Downing-Lee, with choreography by Tamara Grose, music direction by Justin Pyne and vocal direction by Jody Benecke.
The musical runs Friday, April 20 through Sunday, May 6, with evening performances at 7:30 p.m. and some weekend matinees at 1:30 p.m.
Tickets are $12 to $22. Call the box office at 527-4307 or visit theatrearts.santarosa.edu/.
The show is being staged at Maria Carillo High School at 6975 Montecito Blvd. in Santa Rosa. Parking is free.