A spring musical by Greenbrier High School's Drama Department promises to be a darkly comedic mix-up of favorite fairy tales.
For the next two weekends, beginning at 7 p.m. Thursday, the school will present Into the Woods, the Tony award-winning musical by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine.
The story blends characters from classic fairy tales such as Jack and the Beanstalk, Cinderella and Little Red Riding Hood into the story of the baker and his wife's longing for a child.
Cursed by a witch, the baker and his wife must perform a series of tasks to make their dreams come true.
Greenbrier drama director Steve Hansen said Sondheim's play takes fairy tales, which carry a moral lesson, and shows how greed and lust can have disastrous consequences. Ultimately, the characters must work together to survive, he said.
Though there is plenty of humor in the musical, Hansen said the performance will not shy away from the darkness of the tale.
Hansen said Greenbrier's success last year with Elton John's Aida lead to high-demand for roles in their current musical. For the spring musical, two sets of principal players were cast.
The first set of principals will play lead roles during the first three performances, and the second set will headline the last three shows.
IF YOU GO
What: Greenbrier High School Drama's Into the Woods
When: 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and March 22-24
Where: Greenbrier High Theater
For information: Call (706) 650-6040, ext. 335
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