MTSU’s School of Music and its Theatre Department will take audiences “Into the Woods” with four special performances of the Stephen Sondheim musical in the Tucker Theatre of the Boutwell Dramatic Arts building at MTSU.
Performances are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Sept. 15-17, and at 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 18.
The Sondheim classic, which debuted in 1986, intertwines the fairy-tale characters of Cinderella, Jack and the Beanstalk, Little Red Riding Hood and Rapunzel with a new story of The Baker and His Wife, who are trying to conceive a child.
The musical is under the direction of Dr. Raphael Bundage, MTSU professor of choral and opera. Stage directors Kristi and David Shamburger are on the faculty of MTSU and Belmont University, respectively, and Tennessee Repertory Theater costume designer Patricia Clark has brought her talents to the same role for this MTSU production. Tucker Theater manager Justin Durham is the senior scene designer, and James Murray is the lighting designer.
The MTSU student and alumni cast includes Kayla Allsop, Philip Boston, Justin Bourdet, Kate Byrd, Morgan Michelle Farmer, Kayla Holt, Matt Hunter, Drew Jenkins, Eric Jepson, Stephen Michael Jones, Abbey Kairdolf, Brandee Kent, J.R. Knowles, Cavendar Lane, Lindsey Mapes, Caleb Marshall, Alexandra McNamara, Clint Randolph, Graham Shelton, Charley Leann Talley, Kate Walrath, Stephen White and Betty Williams.
“To say that I have simply enjoyed myself during this production would be a tremendous understatement on my part,” said Talley, a senior vocal-performance major. “The opportunity to play Cinderella … has truly been one of the best experiences I have received in my time at the University. Being a part of such a talented cast and crew is nothing short of an honor.”
Tickets to the show are $10 for adults, $5 for students and free for MTSU students with ID. Tickets are available at the door or online at www.mtsu.edu/tuckertheatre. For ticket information, call 615-494-8810; for more information on the performances, call 615-898-2493.