Fairy tales with a twist: Young adults to bring 'Into the Woods' to the Elgin Community College stage
Fox Valley Theatre Company will present the Broadway musical fairy tale, "Into the Woods," over two weekends Sept. 10-19. Directed by Mike Miserendino, the show will play for six performances at the Elgin Community College Blizzard Theatre. Tickets are on sale now at www.ticketpeak.co/cteshows
Winner of five Tony Awards, the modern twist on the beloved Brothers Grimm fairy tales brings together kids' favorite storybook characters for a whimsical, dark, and witty tale that asks: "What happens AFTER 'happily ever after?'"
The musical by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine follows the classic tales of Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, and Rapunzel -- all tied together by an original story involving a baker and his wife, their wish to begin a family and their interaction with the witch who has put a curse on them.
As the next-level troupe of Children's Theatre of Elgin, Fox Valley Theatre Company shows are traditionally made up of cast members ages 13 to 20. In efforts to include those actors who missed an opportunity to perform last year due to COVID-19, the age for "Into the Woods" has been extended to 22 years old.
"Our production of 'Into the Woods' will cause audiences to question the darker themes embedded throughout the second act, realize that no character is innately "good" or "bad," and reflect on how we see these types of characters in everyday life," Miserendino said. "Our extremely talented ensemble cast, which features interpretive dance choreographed by Heather Goldman, and puppets designed by Lolly Extract, will remind audiences that we need to stop attacking each other, as is evident in the song "Your Fault," be appreciative of each other's differences and desires, and come together to combat the giants that we all face as we embark through life's journey through the woods.
"Due to the more mature nature of the second act, we have stripped away the fairy-tale-ness in the set and costume designs, for this story is anything but a fairy tale with a happy-ever-after. Our production will be unlike any other production of 'Into the Woods' and will be a performance that you do not want to miss."
John "Smooch" Medina, the show's producer, is a Jeff Award Nominated theatrical designer from the Chicago area. As a prominent designer in Chicago theater, he has also had the privilege of working with other companies such as The Joffrey Ballet, The Irish Theatre Company, Halcyon Theatre, Hinsdale Dance Company, First Folio, Legere, Paramount Theatre, Shattered Globe, Red Clay Dance and others.
In order to adhere to COVID-19 safety guidelines, all performances will require audience members to wear masks, regardless of vaccination status. In addition, ticketing has been designed with social distancing measures in place creating an opportunity for groups to space themselves from other patrons.
Fox Valley Theatre Company's production of "Into the Woods" will take place over two weekends on September 10-12 and September 17-19 with shows at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturdays and at 2 p.m. on Sundays. The performances will be held at Elgin Community College's Blizzard Theatre, 1700 Spartan Drive, Building H in Elgin. There are a limited number of tickets available for each show. In addition, a sign actor will be interpreting the Sept. 11 performance for the deaf and hard of hearing. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about that service. Tickets are $14 for general admission, $10 for students and seniors, and available at www.ticketpeak.co/cteshows or by calling (847) 214-7550.
Children's Theatre of Elgin/Fox Valley Theatre Company is an Illinois 501(c) (3) not-for-profit corporation in-residence at the Elgin Community College Arts Center. For details, visit www.cteelgin.com)