‘Into The Woods’ — for theatergoers 9 to 90

Stephen Sondheim’s “Into The Woods” is not children’s theatre, although the show is appropriate for theater and music lovers from 9 to 90.

“Into The Woods” is not like any fairy tale you have ever read, though some of its stories and characters may sound familiar.   

It was a Tony Award-winning musical on Broadway, and still enjoys success in performance venues around the world. 

“Into The Woods” is Pagosa Springs Music Boosters’ most challenging musical to date, coming at the start of the organization’s 20th anniversary year,  in 2009. 

Audiences will be amazed at the level of talent in this production, blending local veteran performers with experienced newcomers to the Boosters’ family. 

“Into The Woods” is a magical tale that follows the adventures of a baker (Bill Nobles) and his wife (Jessie Krebs) as they try to fulfill their quest for a child. 

Along the way, there are many comical moments as they cross paths with Little Red Riding Hood (Ami Harbison), Cinderella (Josie Lafferty), a wicked witch (Kathleen B. Isberg), and a host of other fairy tale characters who are all pursuing their own wishes and desires. 

The characters’ stories become intertwined in unexpected ways, revealing what happens after “happily ever after.” 

This well-crafted tale translates beautifully to the stage, where it engages audiences with drama and passion, while entertaining everyone from young to old with its outstanding musical numbers.

Boosters’ orchestra

Pagosa Springs Music Boosters has a rich history and tradition of using live orchestra musicians for its performances, and “Into The Woods” is no exception. 

It is quite unusual for a town this size to be able to support an orchestra for a community theater, enabling actors to experience the thrill of performing alongside a pit orchestra.  Conducted by Musical Director Lisa Hartley, our musicians for “Into The Woods” are:  Sue Anderson (rehearsal accompanist, keyboard), Bethany Wankett (violin), Shane Tuller (violin), Kate Kelley (viola), Kathy Koy (flute), Kathy Baisdon (clarinet), Valley Lowrance (bassoon), Tim Bristow (bass clarinet), Larry Baisdon (trumpet), Jared Burch (trumpet, percussion), Kirsten Baca (french horn) and Karl Mesikapp (baritone). 

Rich and vibrant in story and performance, “Into The Woods” is a must see in Pagosa Springs.

Tickets are available online at www.brownpapertickwets.com, at the Chamber of Commerce Visitors Center, or at the door prior to performances. 

“Into The Woods” plays at the high school auditorium Nov. 20, 21 and 22 at 7 p.m., with a special matinee Nov. 23, at 2 p.m. 

Call Dale Morris, 731-3370, for further information. Or go to www.pagosamusicboosters.org.