Greasepaint Youtheatre presents ‘Into the Woods’

Posted 2/3/23

Be careful what you wish for in the musical fractured fairy tale “Into the Woods.” Find out what happens to classic tale characters at the end of their stories in the Greasepaint …

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Greasepaint Youtheatre presents ‘Into the Woods’


Be careful what you wish for in the musical fractured fairy tale “Into the Woods.” Find out what happens to classic tale characters at the end of their stories in the Greasepaint Youtheatre production Feb. 10–19.

This musical from Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine with direction and choreography by Collin Ross with musical direction by Mary Ellen Loose, shows what happens when fairy tale worlds collide.

There’s an ambivalent Cinderella, a bloodthirsty Little Red Riding Hood, two Prince Charmings each with a roving eye and the Witch . . . who raps? Luring in the shadows of these cockeyed characters is the big bad Wolf and a Giant with a gargantuan attitude.

Showtimes are at 7 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. on Sundays at the Historic Stagebrush Theatre, 7020 E. 2nd Street in Scottsdale. Tickets are $25.

“Into the Woods” first premiered at the Martin Beck Theatre on Broadway, Nov. 5, 1987 running for 764 performances. The original musical show was nominated for nine Tony Awards, garnering three statuettes, including Best Musical Score, Best Book and Best Actress in a Musical (Joanna Gleason).

Lapine and Sondheim have worked on other Broadway musicals, including “Sunday in the Park with George” and “Assassins.” Lapine directed both the original and revival productions of “Into the Woods.” Lapine’s other productions include “Dirty Blonde,” “Falsettos” and “Passion.” Sondheim is a master of musical theater with productions that include “Company,” “A Little Night Music” and “Sweeney Todd.”

As a lyric in the show states, “Careful the things you say, children will listen.” Over the centuries, both folktales and fairy tales have served an important function as morality tales for children. The stories, passed along as an oral tradition, didn’t always have a happy ending; however, it always underscored how it was important that children be good and do the right thing.

The Greasepaint production is directed by Rebecca Courtney with musical direction by Mary Ellen Loose and choreography by Taylor Penn and Rebecca Courtney.

The stars are Declan Skaggs as the Baker, Hailey Laidig as the Baker’s Wife, Evan Kaushesh as Jack, DJ Coon as Cinderella, Olivia Feldman as Little Red, Alex Hinkle as the Mysterious Man, Brailey McDaniel as Cinderella’s Mother, Carson Doan as the Steward, Vivian Nichols as Florinda, Freya Karve as Snow White, Grady Newsum as Cinderella’s Prince/ Wolf, Kylan Chait as Rapunzel’s Prince, Keegan McAleece as Granny, Kennedy Czyz as Jack’s Mother, Lilli Danseglio as Lucinda, Liv Steen as Rapunzel, Marco Johnson as Cinderella’s Father, Melissa Engel as Sleeping Beauty, Nathan Sullivan as the Narrator, Sydney Hassler as the Witch, Swae Miller-Estabrook as the Stepmother.

Scottsdale musicals