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Riverside Youth Theatre Presents

Into the Woods and Into the Woods Jr. in Repertory

Debbie Wolgemuth, Artistic Director

Riverside Youth Theatre starts off its 12th season with two contemporary musicals presented in repertory:  Into the Woods and Into the Woods Junior.

Into the Woods is a two act Broadway musical, rated PG, one of Stephen Sondheim’s most popular and timeless contemporary works.  This is a fractured fairy tale with an ambivalent Cinderella, a blood-thirsty Little Red Ridinghood and a Witch who raps.  When a Baker and his Wife learn they’ve been cursed with childlessness by the Witch next door, they embark on a desperate quest to obtain the special objects required to break the spell.  All the fairy tale character’s wishes are granted at the end of Act One, but the consequences of their actions return to haunt them later, some with disastrous results.  Into the Woods is a lively fantasy in the style of The Princess Bride which serves as a lesson about community responsibility and the stories we tell our children.  Our cast features students from 12-20 years with direction by Debbie Wolgemuth and Music Direction by Sarah Horn.

Into the Woods Junior is a One Act version of the Broadway musical, is rated G and is 1 ½ hours in length.  Into the Woods Junior is a cockeyed fairy tale where all of your favorite characters – Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack (from the beanstalk) and The Witch – meet and interact in the Woods.  Into the Woods Junior is a funny and engaging way to get young performers to think about the stories which they’ve grown up with and the ethical issues raised in them.  The Junior cast features students from 6-12 years and is directed by high school students, Hannah Wolgemuth and Audrey Cella.

Both musicals will be performed on:

Into the Woods

November 11,12,18,19 @ 7:30 pm, November 20 @ 3:00 pm
Into the Woods Jr
November 11 @ 10:00 am, November 12,13,19 @ 3:00 pm

at CrossWinds Theatre, 29263 Ironwood Avenue in Moreno Valley.  Tickets range from $7-$15.  Tickets purchased through the theatre’s website, www.RiversideYouthTheatre.orgare discounted.  Seating is not reserved and doors will be opened 30 minutes before each performance.


Music and Lyrics by STEPHEN SONDHEIM
Originally Directed on Broadway by James Lapine 
Orchestrations by Jonathan Tunick  

Original Broadway production by 
Heidi Landesman Rocco Landesman Rick Steiner 
M. Anthony Fisher Frederic H. Mayerson Jujamcyn Theaters 
Originally produced by the Old Globe Theater, San Diego, Ca.


Into The Woods and Into the Woods Jr.

Are presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).
All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.
421 West 54th Street, New York, NY 10019
Phone: 212-541-4684 Fax: 212-397-4684


Riverside Youth Theatre is in its 12th season of providing family-friendly entertainment for the growing Inland Empire. The company is distinctive in providing a quality theatrical experience for students from 4-20 years, offers elementary and teen musicals,, a summer youth theatre day camp, a youth theatre acting/dance/vocal competition, no waiting lists and is affordable.  Musicals for the 2011-2012 season include Into the Woods, Into the Woods Jr, Bring on the Contemporary: Sondheim to Fosse to Brown, and West Side Story


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