Fol­low ACT2 ‘Into the Woods’

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Artis­tic Civic Theatre’s youth troupe, ACT2, will present “Into the Woods Jr.,” a mu­si­cal ad­ven­ture filled with every­one’s fa­vorite fairy-tale char­ac­ters in five per­for­mances begin­ning Tues­day, June 12.

“Into the Woods Jr.” is about sto­ry­book char­ac­ters seek­ing to have their wishes granted. Di­rec­tor Ash­lyn Bar­nett says the show is filled with mo­ments of silli­ness and mys­tery, ex­cite­ment and fear, and a lit­tle bit of magic.

The au­di­ence will fol­low a baker, played by Ray­mundo Mon­cayo, and his wife, Nancy Ran­gel, as they work to break a spell cast on their house by an en­chantress, played by Brooke Sch­lis­ner.

Chil­dren and their par­ents will root for the cou­ple to suc­ceed as they encounter friends along the way such as the pre­co­cious Lit­tle Red Rid­ing Hood (Kins­ley Stephens), kind-hearted Cin­derella (Sarah Lynch) and the ad­ven­tur­ous Jack (Aaron Coker) in this ac­tion­packed ad­ven­ture.

“Artis­tic Civic Theatre does a fan­tas­tic job teach­ing kids all that is in­volved with mak­ing a the­atri­cal pro­duc­tion come to life. Our cast is made up of kids be­tween the ages of 9 and 15. They are not only ac­tors and ac­tresses on­stage, but many learn the tech side of a pro­duc­tion, too,” says Bar­nett.

“Bring­ing them to­gether on­stage to form new friend­ships and learn from one an­other is where the real magic hap­pens. Youth theatre is more than an af­ter­school ac­tiv­ity, it is a place where stu­dents are taught im­por­tant life skills, team­work and dis­ci­pline that they can carry with them into adult­hood.”

“While the cast of ‘Into the Woods Jr.’ has been great, the real ex­cite­ment has been see­ing Ash­lyn, an act­ing alumna of our chil­dren’s wing, grow as a di­rec­tor af­ter years of as­sist­ing me as a chore­og­ra­pher and as­sis­tant di­rec­tor of var­i­ous shows,” says mu­si­cal di­rec­tor Jes­sica Brink­ley.

Four evening per­for­mances are sched­uled at 7 p.m. Tues­day-Fri­day, June 12-15, with an 11 a.m. mati­nee on June 16.

For more in­for­ma­tion: 706278-4796.

GOLDEN PEAK PHOTOGRAPHY

Kins­ley Stephens, left, as Lit­tle Red Rid­ing Hood with Ray­mundo Mon­cayo and Nancy Ran­gel, cast as the baker and his wife.

GOLDEN PEAK PHOTOGRAPHY

Sarah Lynch plays Cin­derella in “Into the Woods Jr.”

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