Berkshire School’s theater department is proud to present Into the Woods by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine on February 13, 14 and 15 at 7:30 p.m. in Allen Theater. This groundbreaking musical takes a collection of familiar children's fairy tales and blends them all together into a story that is funny, scary, moving, and relevant in a modern context. What seems to be a journey toward "Happily Ever After" becomes so much more!
Howard says that he and his team enjoy taking a bit of a "stance" on a show, always looking for ways to honor the original material while shedding a little light on something unique. In that spirit, the Berkshire production is set in an 8-year-old girl's bedroom. As such, fairy tales all emanate from her imagination, based on the stories told to her by her father. And she, of course, becomes a participant. This approach allowed the team to design scenery and stage scenes in a slightly different way without the constraints of a strictly literal interpretation. Howard stated, “Sondheim and Lapine give us this great sandbox to play in, so we decided to take the cue and really play. In fact, this might be the most fun I've had working on a show at Berkshire."
With a live band, exquisite scenery, a stellar cast, and a story and score full of unexpected twists and turns, Into the Woods, promises to be a night of theater you will not forget.
See a slideshow from dress rehearsal here:
For more information call 413-229-1222 or visit www.berkshireschool.org.
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