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Phoenix Theatre invites you 'Into the Woods' and into the Sheldon

The Sheldon Theatre lobby's decorative points include a phoenix -- from which the theater's nonprofit performing arm, Phoenix Theatre, takes its name. Photo courtesy of the Sheldon Theatre

Phoenix Theatre's annual summer community musical production will be "Into the Woods." The epic modern fairytale — about wishes, family, and the choices we make — will run two weekends starting Friday, July 19.

James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim take everyone's favorite storybook characters and bring them together for a timeless, yet relevant, piece and a rare modern classic. The Tony Award-winning book and score has been called enchanting and touching with its touches of dark comedy.

Taken from the Brothers Grimm collection of fairy tales, the story follows the 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 the Witch's curse, the two set off on a journey to break it. Everyone's wish is granted, but the consequences of their actions return to haunt them with disastrous results.

The "Into the Woods" cast includes a blend of local veteran performers and some new faces on the Sheldon stage. The company features Derek Achen, Michelle Braun, Peyton Catron, Emma Cory, Jessica Edwards, Lucas Flom, Chase Gilbertson, Chris Heineman, Chelsea Indrehus, Sarah Kiczula, Cory Koplin, Christina Kowalchyk, Brendin Larson, Alison Metzen, Helene Olson-Reed, Robin Pfeifer, Yesenia Sanchez, Laurel Stinson, Brian Sutton, Jacqueline West, Matthew Williams and Charlie Woodruff.

Sean Dowse directs.

Show times are 7:30 pm. July 19-20 and 26-27; 7 p.m. July 25, and 3 p.m. July 28.

This event is part of the Sheldon's Homegrown Series. Tickets are $20. Because this is a Kids Play Free event, one child 14 and under may attend free of charge with each paid adult ticket.

Phoenix Theatre is the resident community acting troupe at Red Wing's historic Sheldon Theatre. Since 1993, Phoenix has staged more than 70 productions, involving 1,000-plus performers, directors, designers, and musicians. Phoenix Theatre offers a supportive home for learning and growth in and through participation in performing arts for people of all ages and skill levels.

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