‘Into the Woods’ comes onto the Tartan stage

Tartan students rehearse for their upcoming Feb. 2 through Feb. 5 production of “Into the Woods.” A baker and his wife, played by Cody Arend and Mattie Albrecht, wish to have a child, but learn of a witch’s curse. The witch is played by Brooke Hafner. Meanwhile there is also Jack’s mother, played by Chaela Antonio, and Jack, played by Ethan Yang, who wish their cow would give milk.

Ashley Berry cast as Cinderella and Zack Cambronne as her Prince pose before rehearsals get underway for Tartan Theatre’s “Into the Woods.”

This past autumn Tartan High School theater students charmed audiences with their musical performance of “The Little Mermaid.” Now they are back with another musical that features a few cherished characters in an imaginative retelling of popular fairy tales. 

“Into the Woods” follows a baker and his wife who want to have a child; Cinderella who longs to attend the King’s festival, and Jack who wishes his cow would produce milk. When the baker and his wife learn that they cannot conceive a child because of a witch’s curse, the two set off on a journey to break the curse. All the characters’ wishes are granted, but the results of their actions return to haunt them later in unexpected ways.

The show is two and a half hours, and has an intermission. Director Ryan DeLaCroix says, “Act 1 is very traditional musical theater” explaining that it shows favorite characters in the familiar way that people love, but in Act 2 those characters must face the consequences of their choices from Act 1.

DeLaCroix notes that because of the dark turn in the second act, this play may not be a good fit for young children who scare easily.

However, he predicts people of all ages will enjoy the Tartan production’s storybook-style set and brightly patterned costumes. “Our costumes are all handmade from our amazing designers and give a little twist to the traditional stylings of the time,” DeLaCroix says, adding that there are lots of corsets and wigs.

This show has a small cast — only 17 students. DeLaCroix says Tartan musicals typically have more performers on stage. But he notes “Into the Woods” has been on his to-do list for a long time, and the music and lyrics were written by Stephen Sondheim, so even with fewer actors the play is quite challenging to produce.

Stephen Sondheim is also known for writing the music and lyrics for “Sweeny Todd” and “West Side Story.”

 “We just happened to have a very talented group of juniors and seniors that we felt could do the show justice,” DeLaCroix says.

“Into the Woods” will be performed at 7 p.m. at Tartan Theatre, 828 Greenway Ave. N., Oakdale, on Feb. 2, 3 and 4. The Feb. 5 matinee will begin at 2 p.m. 

Tickets cost $10 for adults; $8 for seniors; $6 for children and $5 for Tartan students. Tickets can be purchased online at tartantheatre.org events or at the door.


Aundrea Kinney can be reached at 651-748-7822 or akinney@lillienews.com.



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