Head ‘Into the Woods’ with Western Plains Opera

Submitted Photo “Into the Woods” showcases different fairytale characters in a fun, twisted tale of interlacing stories, wishes granted, and consequences faced. Every character is brought to life through the skill of the actors/singers of the Western Plains Opera and the many costumes they wear.

Go and watch as Cinderella, Jack and the Giant, Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel, Snow White, Sleeping Beauty and many more fairytale characters take the stage of Ann Nicole Nelson in “Into the Woods.” The musical will be performed by the Western Plains Opera Jan. 25-27.

“Into the Woods,” by Stephen Sondheim, follows the stories of a Baker and his wife, Cinderella, and Jack. Each of them has a wish they want granted, but every wish has consequences in this story and actions will come back to haunt them as their stories move along in the musical.

“It spins the fairy tales out in unique ways to reflect the deep folk tale roots of the stories and how they work in our times. The stories are humorous but may take dark turns as well,” explained Eric Furuseth. “Powerful and entertaining aptly describes this American classic.”

Furuseth is one of the many performers taking to the stage. He will be performing as Cinderella’s father, alongside leading performers Maren Coffin as Cinderella, Katie Capp as the Witch, Nathan Bowles as the Baker with Clare Rommich as his wife, Jerry Miller as Jack and Cheryl Nilsen as his mother. In total, there are 23 performers.

“This musical will get the full Western Plains Opera treatment with orchestra, guest professionals as stage and lighting directors and outstanding singers/actors filling the many roles,” Furuseth said.

Submitted Photo “Into the Woods” showcases different fairytale characters in a fun, twisted tale of interlacing stories, wishes granted, and consequences faced. Every character is brought to life through the skill of the actors/singers of the Western Plains Opera and the many costumes they wear.

DeVera Bowles is the executive director of “Into the Woods” while also being in charge of the many costumes worn on stage. The conductor of the Minot Symphony Orchestra, Efrain Amaya, is the musical director and Julia Wright Costas has traveled from the Ohio Light Opera Co. to fill the role of stage director for her third show with Western Plains Opera. Guest lighting director is Dan Huston from New York.

“Into the Woods” will run at 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 25-26 and then at 3 p.m. on Jan. 27.

Tickets cost $10 for students and those 18 and under and $20 to $25 for adults, depending on the seats chosen. Tickets can be purchased online at wpopera.org, by phone at 858-3189, or at the door. The box office opens one hour before the show.

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