‘Into The Woods’ Ready to Take Both the Movies and the Live Stage by Storm This Winter

Christina Kosyla as "Cinderella" in INTO THE WOODS.
Christina Kosyla as “Cinderella” in INTO THE WOODS. (Photo by Martha Wasser – Amour Artistique Photography)

Fairy tales.

It’s amazing how much fairy tales affected us as children. It’s even more amazing how much they affect us as adults. As adults, we begin to fully understand and comprehend the deeper meanings behind these stories that we thought we had left in the past.

Into the Woods is great guide to that emotional journey. And fortunately for fans of these stories, you have a chance to see that story unfold on the big screen at your local movie theater, and another chance to experience it as a live, full staged production inside the Kelsey Theatre.

Both in the film (which opens on Christmas Day) and the live stage production (which opens January 23, 2015 for a limited run inside The Kelsey Theatre), audiences will be introduced to a modern twist on the beloved Brothers Grimm fairy tales, intertwining plots of a few choice stories and exploring the consequences of the characters’ wishes and quests. In this story, you will see many of the fairy tale characters that you have grown to love come to life in one epic story. These characters include Cinderella, her Prince, her wicked Stepmother and Stepsisters, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack (and his beanstalk), Rapunzel, and her Prince. All of these tales are woven together by an original story that involves a Baker and his Wife – and their wish to begin a family sets off a series of twisted events within the confines of the dark woods.

Jenna O'Neill as "The Witch" in INTO THE WOODS.
Jenna O’Neill as “The Witch” in INTO THE WOODS. (Photo by Martha Wasser – Amour Artistique Photography)

We won’t spoil anything for you, but halfway through the show, the audience is thrown a curveball as the story examines: What happens AFTER happily ever after?

Into the Woods has music and lyrics that were penned by the world’s greatest living composer – Stephen Sondheim. This living legend is the man who composed and lyricized shows such as Sweeney Tood, Sunday in the Park with George, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Company, Follies, A Little Night Music … and let’s not forget that he also wrote the lyrics to the classic musical West Side Story.

Now, audiences have a very unique opportunity to see two versions of Into the Woods in two different mediums, all within a month of each other.

Ben Menahem as "Cinderella's Prince" in INTO THE WOODS.
Ben Menahem as “Cinderella’s Prince” in INTO THE WOODS. (Photo by Martha Wasser – Amour Artistique Photography)

The live production, which is being produced by The Pennington Players, has a limited run inside The Kelsey Theatre in West Windsor, New Jersey from January 23, 2015 to February 1, 2015. (CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE YOUR TICKETS BEFORE THEY SELL OUT). The show, which is directed and choreographed for the stage by Kyrus Keenan Westcott, features a cast and creative team from almost every corner of New Jersey and Pennsylvania. The show is musically directed by Michael Gilch, and produced by Wayne Irons and Alan Naidoff.

MORE INFORMATION: Click Here to Meet the Cast and Creative Team of ‘Into the Woods’!

So is it worth seeing both? Absolutely. Both children and adults who love the movie when it comes out on Christmas will enjoy the live production even more. The Kelsey Theatre provides a unique, intimate space for theater-goers. This production will not only fully immerse you into the story, but it will allow you to do so without breaking the bank.

For more information about the Into the Woods story and the live production, please visit the official website of The Pennington Players and click on the Into the Woods link. It is highly recommended that you purchase your tickets for this limited run sooner rather than later.

PHOTOS WERE TAKEN BY MARTHA WASSER – AMOUR ARTISTIQUE PHOTOGRAPHY

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About the Pennington Players
The Pennington Players have been entertaining local audiences since 1951. In 1964, they became the first group ever to perform at the Washington Crossing State Park Open Air Theatre (the OAT) with their production of George Bernard Shaw’s The Devil’s Disciple. The following year, they performed their first musical, Plain and Fancy, which was also the first musical to appear at the OAT.
Over the years, the Pennington Players have performed and worked in numerous venues, including the old Players Barn, various churches, the OAT, and now, The Kelsey Theatre, located in West Windsor, NJ on the campus of Mercer County Community College. No matter where the performances were held, the Pennington Players have always strived to produce high quality productions. The Pennington Players are also committed to various genres having produced musicals, dramas, comedies and children’s theater. Over the years, they have also produced several New Jersey premieres.
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