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November 09, 2012
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Theatre department journeys 'Into the Woods'

A GRIMM TALE - The cast of "Into the Woods" brings many of Grimm's fairytales to life during the theatre department's fall musical.
The Susquehanna Department of Theatre premiered the musical "Into the Woods" on Thursday, Nov. 8. The two-act play is directed by Associate Professor of Theatre Doug Powers and stars seniors Josh Millhouse, Kiara Denver, Suz Fickenscher and Megan Louia as the baker, the baker's wife, the witch and Little Red Riding Hood, respectively.

Three juniors will also share the spotlight, with Ben Bosnic as the narrator/mysterious man, Jacob Britting­ham as Jack and Stacey Geyer as Cin­derella.

"Into the Woods" combines the tales of Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk and Rapunzel with an original story about the baker and his wife, who have been cursed with childlessness.

The plot, Louia said, involves "taking the Grimm's fairytales and kind of intertwining them all together to make one big plot."

According to Louia, Powers decided to set the play in Times Square in the 1950s in order to connect happily ever after with the idea of the American dream.

"Times Square is like the woods," she said. "It's both confusing and promising at the same time."

In the first act, all the characters at­tempt to get what they wish for in what Brittingham described as a "stereotypical fairytale."

While the other characters hope that their standard wishes will come true, the baker and his wife turn to the witch, who promises them a child if they can bring her ingredients for a magic potion.

However, the baker and his wife end up "swindling, lying to and stealing" from the other main characters in order to get the ingredients.

By the second act, almost all of the characters have gotten their wishes. However, according to Louia, during the second act they also learn that "when you get what you want there are unforeseen consequences."

The characters themselves also go through emotional changes throughout the play.
Brittingham described his character, Jack, as a "go with the flow guy" during the first act.

"He's not the smartest person out there, but he very much enjoys his life," he said. "He takes each moment for what it is."

But by the second act, Brittingham said Jack has become more serious as he deals with the repercussions of stealing from the giants.

Louia said that her character, Little Red Riding Hood, changes due to her encounter with the wolf, transforming from "a really peppy cheerleader to a really bloodthirsty ninja of sorts."

Cast reactions to the upcoming twist on fairytales are positive, according to Louia.

"The whole cast is so excited to do it," she said.

In addition to Thursday's performance, "Into the Woods" will be presented Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. with a matinee performance on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. A matinee will also be performed on Sunday at 2:30 p.m. Two performances will also be given at 8 p.m. next weekend, Nov.16 and 17.

Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors, $7 for non-Susquehanna students and free to Susquehanna students with their student IDs.


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