IWU Theatre Guild, Division of Music partner together for ‘Into the Woods’

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Written by: Alyssa Benson and Shelby Lamb

Fairytale favorites are making their way to Indiana Wesleyan University’s Phillippe Performing Arts Center March 30th through April 2nd. The IWU Theatre Guild and Division of Music is performing performing “Into the Woods,” a musical by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine.

The riveting tale combines several storybook classics to create an intermingled fairytale realm. Audience members can expect Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood and Jack and the Beanstalk to make an appearance along with new characters that tie the story together.

The show is broken up into two acts; the first act follows the typical fairytale plot lines and results in ‘happily ever after.’ The second act, however, takes the beloved storybook ending for a darker turn.

“Act two is what happens after ‘happily ever after,’” Stage Manager and Theatre major Joanna Ruhl (sr) said.

Costume design plays an incredible role in the show’s transition from storybook ending to not so happily ever after.

“We are using to costumes to showcase the journey of the characters” Costume Designer Courtney Westveer (sr) said. Westveer also speaks to the beauty of the costumes, as well as the deeper meaning the costumes provide for the story.

The IWU Theatre Guild chose this particular musical. Ruhl said deeper meaning for the conversations that it is bound to provoke.

“(The show) has some deeper interesting elements where you can have conversations for weeks after seeing this show“ Ruhl said.

” Into the Woods” is part of IWU Theatre Guild’s theme for the season ‘Choices and Consequences.’ “(The theme) is very clear in this production,” Ruhl says.

Typical of performances by the IWU Theatre Guild, actors will become storytellers for the evening. In addition, the Division of Music will also add an element of song to the story.

The show plays March 30th-April 1st at 7:30 p.m. and a 2 p.m. matinee on April 2nd. 

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