Into the Woods: Treat for eyes and spirit

Whitefish Theatre Co. warms the holidays with enchanting take on fairytales

On Stage

Whitefish Theatre Company stages the Tony Award-winning musical “Into the Woods” Dec. 6-15 at the O’Shaughnessy Center in Whitefish. A musical twist on the Brothers Grimm fairy tales, this imaginative and enchanting show opens with a sneak preview night at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 5 and continues at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays-Fridays and 4 p.m. Sundays, through Dec. 15.

An ambivalent Cinderella? A rebellious Rapunzel? A Prince Charming with a roving eye? A Witch who raps? They are all among the cockeyed characters in James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim’s fractured fairy tale “Into The Woods” that intertwines the plots of several Brothers Grimm stories.

When a Baker and his Wife learn they’ve been cursed with childlessness by the Witch next door, they embark on a quest to break the spell, swindling and lying to Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, and Jack (of beanstalk fame). But when everyone’s wishes are granted, the consequences of their self-centered actions come to haunt them.

What begins as a lively irreverent fantasy becomes a moving life lesson about working together, the stories we tell our children, and the real meaning of “happily ever after.”

“This is a huge show in every sense of the word,” says Director Kim Krueger. “Huge characters, costumes, set, and special effects. It is also huge on laughs and heart and very real life lessons. Overall, the show is just magical and is really going to be a special treat for the eyes and the spirit.”

“Into The Woods” debuted on Broadway in 1987 and garnered many awards during its initial Broadway run including Best Actress in a Musical and Best Original Book and Score. The show has spawned numerous national tours and revivals and remains one of the American theatre’s best-loved musicals to produce. Sondheim’s lush score and Lapine’s book conjure a world where “giants can be good and witches can be right” and the production has been called “whimsical and outlandish, enchanting and thoughtful.”

The cast is comprised of 20 actors from around the Flathead Valley. Says Krueger, “The music is very challenging but with the amazingly talented cast we have and under the music direction of Karla West, let’s just say we  slayed the Giant!”

West performs live with musicians Nina Robert, Dinah Weimer, and Sarina Hart. Also contributing to the design of “Into The Woods” are Robbie Moody, lighting and sound designer, Scott Plotkin, stage manager, and Kara Bauer, props master. The exceptionally detailed costumes are designed by Sarah Bell and her talented cast of dedicated seamstresses who’ve worked tirelessly to make over 50 costumes for the show.

Tickets are $25 for adults, $23 for seniors, and $10 for students with reserved seating. Tickets for the sneak preview performance on Dec. 5 are sold only at the door and are $12 for adults and $10 for students.

Tickets are available at the Box Office, 1 Central Ave., Whitefish; by calling 406-862-5371; or online at