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Dallesport Elementary students present Broadway original `Into the Woods Junior'

Annual production set for this weekend

Dallesport Elementary School students will present their spring play "Into the Woods Junior" this Friday and Saturday evenings, March 25-26, on the school stage.

Show time is 7 p.m. both days. Admission is free.

The cast of 18 fourth-, fifth and sixth-graders has been in rehearsal for two months, according to director Gail Farris.

Cast members are Trey Kitchens, Nolan Smith, Holly England, Jayme Freemantle, Auzreal Howard, Treane Wells, Kaity Wilson, Josh Mayer, Christian Anderson, Nicole Trujillo, Savannah Guthrie, Tori Wilkins, Dustin Freemantle, Karlee Roth, Connor McDermott, Alex Walker, Johnny Metz, Giovanna Smith and Louise Gruver as the storyteller.

Lori Smith is the music director, KC Walker is in charge of lighting and Nancy Moon is the costume designer.

"Into the Woods Junior" is part of The Broadway Junior Collection and is presented through special arrangement with, and all authorized performance materials supplied by, Music Theatre International of New York.

The play is based on the book by James Lapine (who originally directed his adaptation on Broadway), with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. (The original Broadway production was produced by Heidi Landesman, M. Anthony Fisher, Rocco Landesman, Frederick H. Mayerson and Rick Steiner of Jujamcyn Theaters, and later originally produced by the Old Globe Theatre of San Diego, Calif.)

Among the crazy characters in Lapine and Sondheim's fractured fairy tale are an ambivalent Cinderella, a witch who raps and a Little Red Ridinghood gone bad.

As the story unfolds, a baker and his wife learn they've been cursed with childlessness by the witch next door. They embark on a quest for special objects required to break the spell, swindling, lying to and stealing from Cinderella, Little Red, Rapunzel and Jack--the one who climbed the beanstalk.

Noted Farris: "What begins as a lively, irreverent fantasy becomes a moving lesson about community responsibility and the stories we tell our children."


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