PictureA scene from a recent rehearsal of Throckmorton Theatre’s production of “Into the Woods.” Courtesy image.

What happens when your favorite fairy tales get mixed up? When Little Red Riding Hood befriends Jack and the Beanstalk? When Cinderella and Rapunzel realize that charming is not nearly enough? When the wicked witch may be the smartest and fairest of them all?

With its production of the Stephen Sondheim class Into the Woods, the folks at the Throckmorton Theatre hope to find out in a show that transcends time and space with universal truths about family, love and friendship.

Based on the book by James Lapine, Into the Woods takes everyone’s favorite storybook characters and brings them together, following 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 that they cannot have a child because of a Witch’s curse, the two set off on a journey to break the curse. Everyone’s wish is granted, but the consequences of their actions return to haunt them later with disastrous results.

The Throckmorton’s production, set for May 11-12 and May 18-20, is directed by Amy Marie Haven, co-founder of Tomorrow Youth Repertory in Alameda, and a full- time faculty member with Oakland School for the Arts’ School of Theatre for the past two years. Music director Carl Pantle frequently works with San Francisco Opera, West Bay Opera, Opera San Jose and the Bay Area Summer Opera Theatre Institute, while movement director Reba Gilbert has been producing, directing and choreographing for youth theatre companies around the Bay Area for the past 5 years and is joining the Throckmorton as its new education manager.

  • Fridays, May 11 and 18 at 8pm
  • Saturdays, May 12 and 19 at 4pm and 8pm
  • Sundays, May 13 and 20 at 3pm

The 411: The Throckmorton Theatre‘s production of the Stephen Sondheim class Into the Woods is set for May 11 (8pm), May 12 (4pm & 8pm), May 13 (3pm), May 18 (8pm), May 19 (4pm & 8pm) and May 20 (3pm). MORE INFO.

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