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Into the Woods

Arts Centre Melbourne, Playhouse
19 Jul 2014 - 26 Jul 2014

‘A gem of a fairy tale with a soundscape of soaring melodies, shimmering colours and extraordinarily witty and moving lyrics.’ – Richard Mills

From the creators of Sunday in the Park with George comes Into the Woods, a darkly enchanting story about life after the ‘happily ever after’. Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine reimagine the magical world of fairy tales as the classic stories of Jack and the Beanstalk, Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood and Rapunzel collide with the lives of a childless baker and his wife. A brand new production of an unforgettable Tony award-winning musical.

Music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Book by James Lapine

Originally Directed on Broadway by James Lapine

By arrangement with Hal Leonard Australia Pty Ltd Exclusive agent for Music Theatre International (NY)


Arts Centre Melbourne, Playhouse

Saturday 19 July, 7.30pm 
Tuesday 22 July, 7.30pm
Wednesday 23 July, 1.00pm and 7.30pm
Thursday 24 July, 7.30pm
Friday 25 July, 7.30pm
Saturday 26 July, 1.00pm and 7.30pm

2 hours and 50 minutes including one interval. 

Tactile tour - Wednesday 23 July, 11.50am
Audio described performance - Wednesday 23 July, 1.00pm

Cast & Crew

Musical Director Benjamin Northey
Associate Musical Director Phoebe Briggs
Director Stuart Maunder
Set Designer Adam Gardnir
Costume Designer Harriet Oxley
Lighting Designer Philip Lethlean
Sound Designer Jim Atkins


Rapunzel Olivia Cranwell
Cinderella's Stepmother Antoinette Halloran
Rapunzel's Prince Jeremy Kleeman
Cinderella's Mother/Granny/Giant Noni McCallum
Wolf/Cinderella's Prince Matthew McFarlane
Cinderella Lucy Maunder
Baker's Wife Christina O'Neill
Baker David Harris
Jack's Mother Melissa Langton
Jack Rowan Witt
Florinda Elise McCann
Lucinda Angela Scundi
Cinderella's Father David Rogers-Smith
Little Red Riding Hood Josie Lane
Witch Queenie van de Zandt
Narrator/Mysterious Man John Diedrich
Steward David Rogers-Smith

Orchestra Victoria


Act One 

When the Baker and his Wife learn they've been cursed with childlessness by the Witch next door, they embark on a quest for the special objects required to break the spell. They must bring the Witch a cow as white as milk, a cape as red as blood, hair as yellow as corn and a slipper as pure as gold. By swindling, lying to and stealing from Cinderella, Little Red Ridinghood, Rapunzel and Jack (the one who climbed the beanstalk), they procure these objects, and the Witch breaks the spell. Each character is, in turn, on their own quest for their “Happy Ever After”. Cinderella and Rapunzel are united with their Princes, Jack is reunited with his cow Milky White, and he and his mother become wealthy after he steals the Giant’s gold. Little Red Ridinghood has become fierce and bloodthirsty, replacing her red cloak with the skin of the Wolf. As everyone congratulates themselves on their unswerving determination to get their wishes, a giant beanstalk emerges from the ground and stretches to heaven.

Act Two 

While the characters seem outwardly content with their situation, they remain unfulfilled. A Giant disturbs the peace, and causes havoc and destruction – it is the wife of the giant Jack killed. She has come to exact revenge and demands Jack be handed over to her. Everyone blames everyone else for their predicament, and argues about who should be sacrificed to the Giant. After much confusion and chaos, the remaining characters work together to conquer the Giant. The community joins together in a pronouncement of the moral lessons learned from their experience in the woods.

Synopsis compiled from Music Theatre International Into the Woods Detailed Synopsis.