Bigfork Playhouse opens “Into The Woods” July 10

Stephen Sondheim's funny, catchy, and heart-wrenching story joins the repertory line-up

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Bigfork Playhouse: Into the Woods
Prince Charming woos Cinderella in Bigfork Summer Playhouse’s production of “Into the Woods.”Photo © Bigfork Summer Playhouse

Celebrating its 59th season, the Bigfork Summer Playhouse opens the enchanting fantasy “Into The Woods” by Stephen Sondheim Tuesday, July 10. The play continues on select dates through Aug. 22.

Join fairytale favorites Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella, Jack and his beanstalk, Prince Charming, Rapunzel, the Wolf and discover new stories about a witch, a baker, and his wife as they all become intertwined in this funny, catchy, tune-full and heart-wrenching story.

This fantastical show begins that with all the best wishes “is something to which we can all relate,” says associate producer and music director Brach Thomson. “The possibilities of life and love are all around us. Then comes the hard part … life gets in the way. And that is when we have to make choices and critical decisions.”

“With all the fantasy surrounding the story, there is a positive, very real message to take away,” he adds. “Mind the wolf, heed the witch and honor the giant in the sky” in this musical about the power of wishes and what really happens after they come true.

The Bigfork Summer Playhouse production is packed with powerful performances and dazzling theatrical effects, delivered by a cast that includes new actors and returning favorites. Although it’s inspired by fairytales, this show contains some mature content and is rated PG-13.

The Playhouse offers top-notch live professional theatre, with four shows in repertory all summer long. Other offerings include: “All Shook Up,” Disney’s “The Little Mermaid” and “Singin’ in the Rain.” Show times are 8 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays and 2 p.m. selected Sundays.

This year’s Benefit Revue is 7 p.m. July 29. The annual scholarship fundraiser includes an evening of song and dance “from shows we’d like to do, from shows we’ve done in the past and from shows we promise we’ll never do.”

Tickets are $17-$30 and available at or in the box office, open daily from noon through showtime. Call 406-837-4886 for details.