Theatre of Anthem Presents Season Opener Into
September 8, 2014
– Musical Theatre of Anthem (MTA) opens their seventh season with the Tony®
Award-winning Broadway musical Into the
Woods, in which a baker and his wife set off
to find a cure for a witch’s curse, encountering various storybook characters
along the way. James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim take everyone's favorite storybook
characters and brings them together for a timeless yet relevant piece and rare
modern classic. Everyone's wish is granted, but the consequences of their
actions return to haunt them later with disastrous results. The
talented cast, comprised of both ariZoni and NYA
award winners and nominees , ages 14 – adult, presents the show October
9 -12 in Anthem. The award-winning
production staff includes Director Jim Gradillas, Vocal Director Cris Wo, and
Choreographer Shawna Weitekamp.
first glance, Into the Woods appears to be another twist on the classic fairytale
musical, and in some ways, it is,” said Gradillas. “You have your
standard storybook characters—Cinderella, a witch, Jack, giants—all pursuing their
standard storybook dreams—princes, riches, success, and happily ever after.
But what sets Into the Woods
apart is that Stephen Sondheim doesn’t end the story there. While the first
act of the play is all about doing whatever it takes to fulfill your wish,
the second half explores life after the granted wish and asks the question
“Does having your wish make you truly happy?”
“Into the Woods is a play that speaks on many levels—asking questions
about what it means to be happy, the difference between being good and just
being nice, how we justify our decisions, what we’re willing to do for
our own happiness, and how our decisions and actions can influence the lives of
others for years after. We’re warned not to be so quick to hurry into the
woods ourselves, but to “stay a child while you can be a child.” And no
child should be sent into the woods before they’ve been taught what is good.
“Children will listen”, warns the Witch. The question, Sondheim asks, is
what are they hearing? But despite the darker tones that the play explores,
Sondheim leaves us with hope, reminding us that no matter what we wrestle
with or what mistakes we make, “no one is alone”.
“This huge theatre undertaking
is only possible if you have an incredible cast, brilliant creative team and the
amazing guiding hand of Jackie Hammond, our Artistic Director. Musical Theatre
of Anthem provides these actors with a wonderful theatrical experience and I was
very fortunate to be the director of one of my favorite musicals,” said
Gradillas. “We feel the community will be impressed with this professional
production of one of Sondheim’s best!”
Performances take place October 9 and 10 at 7:00 p.m., Oct. 11
at 3:00 and 7:00 p.m., and Oct. 12 at 12:00 and 3:00 p.m. at Musical Theatre of
Anthem, 42323 N. Vision Way, Anthem, AZ 85086.
Tickets may be purchased online at www.musicaltheatreofanthem.org.
Adult tickets are $19 and Students,
Seniors and Children 12 and under are $16.
Photo (L-R): The Baker (Mason Reeves), the Baker's Wife (Taylor Ellsworth), Cinderella (Julia Davis), the Witch (Maggie Eley), and Little Red Riding Hood (Lily Castle) in MTA's production of Into the Woods, presented Oct. 9-12 in Anthem. Photo courtesy of David Powell Photography.
Musical Theatre of Anthem (MTA) is an award-winning, non-profit theater company located in Anthem, Arizona. The mission of MTA is to develop youth and adults within the field of performing arts while enhancing their intrinsic creativity and brokering their vast talents. MTA trains and educates youth so that they can become the artists, patrons, and leaders of tomorrow while providing opportunities to adults that empower them and foster their creativity. MTA’s principles include casting all who audition in select productions, presenting high quality shows that everyone can enjoy, and providing a positive environment where performers can practice teamwork and communication skills while experiencing the pride of accomplishment.
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