Cypress College Theater and Dance Department presents “Into the Woods”, a musical extravaganza that brings a new twist to the fairy tales you grew up with for two weekends only in the Cypress College Campus Theater.
“Into the Woods” follows the dramatic and comedic story of the wishes of a witch-cursed childless baker and his wife, Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, and Jack (you know, the one with the beanstalk). The play follows what happens when what you wish for does not turn out the way you planned. The play centers around the theme “be careful of what you wish for. This show is about a lot of people who have a lot of big dreams, wishes and aspirations and they find out throughout the course of the play that their wishes and dreams have consequences.” said Erica Schaeffer, who plays Cinderella.
The play takes audiences on an adventure from the time the curtains open and the lights go on until final bow. “Expect a lot of laughs and a lot of tragedy all in one. First Act gives a lot of laughs and the Second Act gets a little darker, so there is a lot of variety in the show.” said Jayson Ziegenhagen, who plays Prince Charming. “Into the Woods” shows a different perspective on the characters we have grown to love. Ziegenhagen said of his character that “he was ‘raised to be charming not sincere'” which gives a glimpse into the twist on Cinderella’s “happily ever after.”
“Into the Woods” is showered in talent. “From the people who designed it, to the actors, to the people who are helping running the stage. Its just amazing. I honestly just think it’s going to be one of the best productions in a long time.” said Teresa Mejia, stage manager of the production. Cassandra Rieck, who plays the baker’s wife said of the set that “With this show, our set is so amazingly done…its so extravagant and amazing, I think people are really going to enjoy it.”
“Into the Woods” opened last night to a more than welcoming audience and held up to it’s high expectations receiving comments such as “fantastic,” “absolutely amazing,” and “I was blown away.” Christian B. Schmidt, who plays Jack, said “Everyone in the area should make an effort to come see us because we really care about what we are doing and we have the ability to do what we want to do very well. I think we are very lucky to be able to do that.”
“Into the Woods” is playing at the Cypress College Campus Theater, 9200 Valley View St. Cypress, CA 90630, at 8 p.m. tonight, 4 p.m. tomorrow, 8 p.m. March 20 through March 21 and 4 p.m. March 22. General Admission is $20 and Seniors, Students with Student ID/Children under 12 is $15. For more ticket and show time information call the Box Office at 714-484-7200 or visit the www.cypresscollegetheateranddance.com.