Into the woods
Majestic Players set to go off ‘ Into The Woods’
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 will portray Little Red Riding Hood in the show. TOP
RIGHT: Taylor Brigade will take on the role of Rapunzel’s Prince.