“Into the Woods” musical presented by the High School at the Performing Arts Center at 7 p.m., 2 p.m. Sunday matinee. $15, $10 senior/student. Call (909) 866-4970.
Several fairy tales come together to form one of Stephen Sondehim’s most popular works when Big Bear High School presents Into the Woods five shows at the Performing Arts Center.
Favorite storybook characters come together in a timeless yet relevant piece presented during 7 p.m. shows April 21-22 and 28-29 plus 2 p.m. Sunday matinee on April 23. It’s a musically sophisticated show presented by a talented cast including actors adept at dark comedy, though this version has been tamed back to make it suitable for all ages. The Tony Award-winning book and score are both enchanting and touching while presenting universal truths of right and wrong, good and evil, though the original Brothers Grimm storylines are darker than the usual happier versions.
The story follows a baker and his wife, who wish to have a child; Cinderella, who wishes to attend the King’s Festival; and Jack, who wishes his cow would give milk. When the baker and his wife learn they cannot have a child because of a witch’s curse, the pair set off on a journey to break it. Everyone’s wish is eventually granted, but not without consequences as there are costs associated with their actions.
Ely Dawson appears as narrator and mysterious man while Morganne Warner is Cinderlla, Jacob Walker is Jack, Brittany Delcourse is Jack’s mother and Spencer Cassling plays the baker while Victoria Budd is his wife. Jazmin Thompson is the stepmother, with Lauren Davis appearing as Florinda, Hanna Magers as Lucinda, Gavin Shyrock as Cinderella’s father and Maggie Kubeja as Little Red Riding Hood.
Other cast members include Andromedae Jackson, Miranda Wonacott, Garrett Werner, Morgan Schetter, Nic Renick, Troy Obernotle, Karissa Denault and Rosie Mount. The magical elements are played by Aubrey Hull, Chloe Anderson, Elizabeth Westrbrooks, Emily Bernal, Jesse Hardin Kaylie Safarian, Louise Wagenaar, Nik Swinson, Tori Vasquez and Skye Stroner. Brian Adams directs.
Tickets for the show are $15, seniors/students $10. Call the PAC (909) 866-4970.