Into The Woods is the spirited, perplexing, delightful Stephen Sondheim musical with book by James Lapine that combines the characters from “Little Red Riding Hood", "Jack and the Beanstalk", "Rapunzel", and "Cinderella" to go into a “a dark, enchanted wilderness to discover who they are and how they might grow up and overcome the eternal, terrifying plight of being alone.” – NY Times.
Stephen Sondheim has received an Academy Award, eight Tony Awards, eight Grammy Awards, a Pulitzer Prize, a Laurence Olivier Award, and a 2015 Presidential Medal of Freedom. His works include A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Company, Follies, A Little Night Music, Pacific Overtures, Sweeney Todd, Merrily We Roll Along, Sunday in the Park with George, and Passion. He also wrote the lyrics for West Side Story and Gypsy. Sondheim is universally regarded as one of America’s most important, influential composers.
Into The Woods has been nominated for 18 Tony Awards in both its original run and in its revival, winning for Best Score, Best Original Book, Best Actress, and Best Revival of a Musical.
A “gateway to adolescence and its complicated truths” – The New Yorker;
A “musically sophisticated show with the opportunity to feature actors adept at dark comedy,” – MTI;
Into the Woods has also been produced as a feature length film by Walt Disney Studios, grossing more than $200 million worldwide. It has a variety of principle roles. Featured songs include:
· INTO THE WOODS
· HELLO, LITTLE GIRL
· I GUESS THIS IS GOODBYE
· MAYBE THEY'RE MAGIC
· OUR LITTLE WORLD
· I KNOW THINGS NOW
· A VERY NICE PRINCE
· GIANTS IN THE SKY
· IT TAKES TWO
· STAY WITH ME
· ON THE STEPS OF THE PALACE
· EVER AFTER
· SO HAPPY
· ANY MOMENT
· MOMENT IN THE WOODS
· YOUR FAULT
· THE LAST MIDNIGHT
· NO MORE
· NO ONE IS ALONE
· CHILDREN WILL LISTEN
META Performing Arts is dedicated to creating challenging theatre performance opportunities for the youth of Skagit, Whatcom, Snohomish, Island, San Juan, and surrounding counties. Its recent productions include Stand and Deliver, The Little Mermaid, CATS, Romeo and Juliet, and The Outsiders. META has given its mandate to Producer Joe Bowen to gather a professional orchestra and the best qualified directing team for this show.
Director's Thoughts on Into The Woods by Glynna Goff
Into The Woods takes well-known folk and fairy tale characters, and in many ways returns them back to their original intentions. These stories evolved as tools to help people navigate their way through the human experience, and these stories have retained their relevance because the human experience remains the same across time and culture.
With this production I hope to highlight the connection we, as residents of Skagit County and beyond, in 2018, have to the characters, and to our fellow human beings. We can still learn from these stories, and see ourselves in these characters. Indeed, just as the song proclaims, we are not alone. The path has been illuminated by the generations who have gone before us, and we will do the same for those who come after.