Malone’s Opera Theatre is collaborating with the theatre department for the performance of Into the Woods. This is the first time that these two departments have collaborated.
Into the Woodsis a musical about both life issues and the brothers Grimm fairy tales. It combines serious moral questions with entertaining fairy tales that tend to be a bit darker than what Disney presents. It poses the question of what happens after happily ever after.
“I love the message of it: Be careful what you wish for because it might not be what it seems,” said Brett Cowden, a Malone graduate who continues to act in Malone’s productions.
Cowden, like several other actors, has been double cast. This showing of Into the Woods has been double cast so some performances will have different cast members, although some cast members, such as those playing the roles of the baker, the baker’s wife, and Jack’s mother, will be playing the same character every night.
“I believe very much [in giving] as many people opportunities as possible,” said director Cynthia Wohlschlager. “So, it gives a chance for more people to get a role, rather than just one on each part.”
Danielle Adkins, who plays Granny for every performance, enjoys the twists on the classic Grimm fairy tales and how, as the story progresses, the separate threads all come together.
“I think I’m more excited just to see how everything’s gonna pull together and just to see everyone come together and just talk about some really hard issues that are in Into the Woods,” Adkins said.