Co-production Offers Up Musical Tales

Posted on 4/8/2015 1:31:48 PM

Theater-by-the-Grove and Music Theater at Indiana University of Pennsylvania will open the fantasy-filled musical Into the Woods at 8:00 p.m. on April 16, 2015. Performances will continue April 17 and 18 at 8:00 p.m., with a Sunday matinee at 2:00 p.m. on April 19. Performances will be held in Fisher Auditorium of IUP’s Performing Arts Center.

As the story goes, once upon a time a baker and his wife wished to have a child, Cinderella wished to attend the King’s Festival, and Jack—of Beanstalk fame—wished his cow would give some milk.

When everyone’s wishes are granted, the consequences of their self-centered actions come to haunt them. Eventually, they learn a poignant lesson about working together, the stories we tell our children, and the real meaning of “happily ever after.”

Into the Woods is the award-winning musical featuring music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and based on the book by James Lapine. It debuted on Broadway in 1987 and garnered many awards during its initial Broadway run. The highly acclaimed show spawned numerous national tours and revivals and remains one of the American theater’s best-loved musicals to produce.

Most recently, it was released as a major motion picture with a star-studded cast and directed by Pittsburgh native and Pennsylvania Governor’s Awards for the Arts recipient Rob Marshall.

When asked about the film, IUP theater faculty member and the production’s director Rob Gretta explained, “I enjoyed the movie, and one can definitely appreciate it as a film. For me, live and immediate storytelling will always win. Personally, I think, the audience will have a significantly enriching experience.”

This production contains some situations that may not be suitable for younger children.

Tickets for Into the Woods are available online or the Lively Arts online ticketing site. They can also be purchased at the Hadley Union Building, located on Pratt Drive of the IUP campus, or by calling the HUB Box Office weekdays at 724-357-1313. Seats remaining will be sold at the door starting one hour before each performance.

Tickets are priced at $18 for regular admission, $15 for senior citizens and groups of 15 or more, and $12 for I-Card holders, students, and children.

For more information, contact the Lively Arts at 724-357-2787 or e-mail us at

A co-production of Theater-by-the-Gove and Music Theater, TBTG is produced by the Department of Theater and Dance and Music Theater is produced by the Department of Music, both of which are departments within the College of Fine Arts. It is funded, in part, by the IUP Student Cooperative Association.

Scene from Into the Woods

Music Theater

Sound Choices

Theater by the Grove

Into the Woods

Into the Woods

April 16, 2015
8:00 p.m.

Fisher Auditorium, IUP Performing Arts Center

April 17, 2015
8:00 p.m.

Fisher Auditorium, IUP Performing Arts Center

April 18, 2015
8:00 p.m.

Fisher Auditorium, IUP Performing Arts Center

April 19, 2015
2:00 p.m.

Fisher Auditorium, IUP Performing Arts Center

When the Baker and his wife learn they have been cursed with childlessness by the Witch next door, they embark on a journey for special objects to break the spell. Along the way, they meet up with an assembly of well-known Brothers Grimm characters, including Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel, and Jack (of beanstalk fame). Into the Woods contains some violence and scenes that may not be appropriate for younger children.

This event is over.

For more information, visit Into the Woods, e-mail , or call 724-357-2787.