Tales collide in the woods

Otamatea Repertory Theatre presents Into the Woods by Stephen Sondheim through to July 29.

The musical intertwines the plots of several Brothers Grimm and Charles Perrault fairy tales, exploring the consequences of the characters’ quests and desires.

The main characters are taken from Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, Rapunzel and Cinderella.

Into the Woods tells the story of a childless baker and his wife, their quest to start a family and their troubles with a witch’s curse.

The musical premiered on Broadway in 1987, where it won several Tony Awards, including Outstanding Musical, in a year dominated by Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera.

Among the stars in the Otamatea performance will be Nat Curnow (The Wolf) and Tyga Daniero (Little Red Riding Hood).

This is Nat’s eighth consecutive year with the Otamatea Repertory Theatre. He says he enjoys playing the “bad guy” feeling most are misunderstood or a product of circumstance.

Tyga loves the humour in Little Red Riding Hood’s lines. Last year she played the lead role of Prince Verdi in the pantomime The Frog Prince.

Showtimes: Friday, July 20, 7.30pm; Sat, July 21, 2pm; Sun, July 22, 2pm.
Friday, July 27, 7.30pm, Sat, July 28, 2pm; Sun, July 29, 2pm.     

The theatre is next to the Maungaturoto Country Club on Bickerstaffe Road.

Tickets available online at ort.org.nz or at Tony’s Lotto Shop in Maungaturoto.  Adults $28; school students $15.