Into the woods

Ma­jes­tic Play­ers set to go off ‘ Into The Woods’

The Republican Herald - This Weekend - - Front Page - BY ERIC PEDDIGREE COPY EDI­TOR Con­tact the writer: eped­di­gree@ re­pub­li­can­her­ald. com; 570- 628- 6003.

The Ma­jes­tic Play­ers will ven­ture into the woods for their next ad­ven­ture.

Set for a twonight run, the lo­cal the­ater group will per­form the fairy tale- in­spired mu­si­cal “Into The Woods” at the Ma­jes­tic The­ater, 209 N. Cen­tre St., Pottsville. Shows are sched­uled for 7 p.m. to­day and Satur­day. Tickets are $15 and avail­able at the door.

The story fol­lows The Baker and his wife who wish to have a child but find out they are un­der a curse by a witch. They set off into the woods to re­verse the curse, where they en­counter pop­u­lar fairy tale char­ac­ters, such as Cin­derella, Lit­tle Red Rid­ing Hood and the Wolf.

The lo­cal pro­duc­tion is di­rected by Mor­gan Ris­miller. Her sis­ter, Ju­lia Ris­miller, serves as as­sis­tant di­rec­tor and her mother, Kim Ris­miller, is the mu­sic di­rec­tor.

The cast in­cludes Jared Kehler as The Baker, Emily Bar­rett as The Baker’s Wife, Makenna Copeland as The Witch, Lau­ren Hunter as Lit­tle Red Rid­ing Hood, Sara Leibel as Cin­derella, Jil­lian Mullin as Ra­pun­zel, Tay­lor Brigade as Ra­pun­zel’s Prince and James Brown as Cin­derella’s Prince.

Mor­gan Ris­miller said the stage showis mostly fam­ily friendly, but it does deal with some adult themes such as death. She ad­vises against bring­ing very young chil­dren to see it; how­ever, there is no age re­stric­tion.

The show, which premiered on Broad­way in Novem­ber 1987, gained re­newed pop­u­lar­ity after the re­lease of a 2014 Dis­ney film adap­ta­tion star­ring James Cor­den, Emily Blunt, Meryl S tree pa nd Johnny Depp.

“That’s one of the rea­sons I think the show will be a suc­cess,” Ris­miller said.

She added that the stage showis slightly dif­fer­ent than the film, but most of it, such as the mu­sic, will be fa­mil­iar.

Ris­miller cred­its her great cast and crew for pulling to­gether the pro­duc­tion.

“It was hard to put to­gether when you have about 20 peo­ple in a cast with a small space. It was quite the chal­lenge,” she said.

For­more in­for­ma­tion, visit the Ma­jes­tic The­ater’s Face­book page.


Jared Kehler, left, will por­tray the Baker, and Emily Bar­rett the Baker’s Wife, in The Ma­jes­tic Play­ers’ pro­duc­tion of “Into the Woods.” The show will be held at 7 p. m. to­day and Satur­day at the Ma­jes­tic The­ater, Pottsville. TOP LEFT: Lau­ren Hunter...

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