“Directing shows of this caliber is always an enjoyable challenge because we get the opportunity to take a popular production like Into the Woods and, without compromising the level of entertainment and expectation, execute it beautifully in a much smaller space,” said Justin Anderson, Aurora Associate Artistic Director. “Productions don’t always have to be seen on the world’s largest stages in order for them to be deemed great theater; we’re producing successful, ingenious theater right here in metro-Atlanta!”
The tale begins when a vengeful witch curses a childless baker and his wife for stealing her “magic” beans; in order to redeem themselves and have the curse lifted from the wife’s fertility, they must seek out special ingredients for her potent potion. While obeying the witch’s commands, they journey into the woods and encounter Cinderella, Rapunzel, Jack (of the Beanstalk), Little Red Riding Hood and other fictional favorites, who too are faced with unfavorable consequences for decisions they’ve made.
Directed by Anderson, the production features veteran actors Natasha Drena, Brandon O’Dell, Diany Rodriguez and Wendy Melkonian, among others, as well as the nationally recognized Bernardine Mitchell and Broadway acclaimed Christopher L. Morgan. With live music led by award-winning Associate Producer and Aurora Co-founder Ann-Carol Pence and choreography by Sarah Turner Sechelski, this smash-hit sensation is perfect for fairytale fans and not!
Although based on fairy tales, this musical is not a children’s show. Into the Woods is presented March 10-April 17. Tickets range from $30-$65 and can be purchased online at tickets.auroratheatre.com or by calling the box office at 678-226-6222.
Show times are as follows:
- Wednesday- Saturday: 8 p.m.
- Saturday & Sunday: 2:30 p.m.
Prior to the performance on Wednesday, March 30, a Community Conversation: Finding the Hero Within will be held beginning at 7:15 p.m. Join Aurora for an invigorating discussion about how fairytales are no longer just a child’s domain; they are used to navigate the narratives of people’s lives, helping many work through things like failure, fear and hope in cultures around the globe.