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September 21, 2001


LA CROSSE, Wis.—"And they lived happily ever after"…or, did they? Find out when the Viterbo University theatre and music departments team up to present Into the Woods, as part of the Bright Star Season, Oct. 12-14.

Based on the book by James Lapine and with music and lyrics by Steven Sondheim, Into the Woods has a host of familiar characters. Cinderella and her Prince,
Jack the Giant Killer, Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf, Rapunzel, Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, plus the baker and his wife all make an appearance on this journey of growth and self-discovery that explores both the light and the dark side of fairy tales. To gain their hearts’ desires, these familiar characters quickly learn that they must first travel through the dark and brooding woods. Ultimately, it is there that they will discover who they are and begin to understand how to live in an imperfect world. With wit, melody, and sentiment, Into the Woods celebrates companionship, the fragility of life, the choices we make, and the importance of the values we pass on to our children.

The performance is directed by Susan Rush, associate professor of theatre arts, with musical direction by Diane Foust, chair of the Viterbo music department, and choreography by Rod Reiner, assistant professor of theatre arts.

Performances, which will be held in the Fine Arts Center Main Theatre, will be on Friday, Oct. 12 and Saturday, Oct. 13 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 14, at 2 p.m.

Into the Woods is sponsored by U.S. Bank. Ticket prices are $14/11. To order tickets, contact the Viterbo University Box Office at 608-796-3100

Students in the performance are:

CA Huntington Beach Leslie Swancutt Senior Witch
IA Des Moines Ben Minnis Senior Rapunzel's Prince
Fort Dodge Suzanne Flater Sophomore Little Red Riding Hood
Ossian Jill Tieskotter Senior Cinderella's Mother, Giant
IL Arlington Heights David Adamick Junior Baker
Woodstock Phil Nelson Senior Jack
MN Crystal Tim Davis Sophomore Cinderlla's Father
St. Cloud Adam Terry Sophomore Wolf
St. Paul Derrick Harper Junior Steward
WI Greendale Nadia Wahhab Senior Baker's Wife
Holmen Faith  Halverson Senior Granny
New Lisbon Kristi Rood Junior Jack's Mother
Onalaska Jackie  Whitsett Junior Sleeping Beauty
Racine Shelly Gorr Senior Cinderella
Cynthia  Schultz Senior Lucinda
Richland Center Rebecca Kaasa Senior Snow White
Stevens Point Austin Bartsch Junior Cinderella's Prince
Sun Prairie Barry Lee Moe Senior Narrator, Mysterious Man
Tomah Kathy Williams Senior Florinda
Wausaukee Brenda Cetera Senior Rapunzel
Wisconsin Dells Brittany Borcher Junior Cinderella's Stepmother

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