Into the Woods
Music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim Book by James Lapine

19-26 July 2014

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“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. 


Into the Woods
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)

 

 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

Into the Woods | 19 - 26 July 2014 Book your tickets >

VENUE

Arts Centre Melbourne, Playhouse


DATES

  • Saturday 19 July, 7.30pm *SOLD OUT*
  • Tuesday 22 July, 7.30pm *SOLD OUT*
  • Wednesday 23 July, 1.00pm* *LIMITED AVAILABILITY* &  7.30pm *SOLD OUT*
  • Thursday 24 July, 7.30pm *SOLD OUT*
  • Friday 25 July, 7.30pm *SOLD OUT*
  • Saturday 26 July, 1.00pm & 7.30pm*SOLD OUT*

2 hours and 50 minutes including one interval. *Accessible performance


TICKETS

2014 Season packages have now closed. Single tickets now available to purchase via Arts Centre Melbourne

  • Online: Click here to BOOK ONLINE >
  • Phone: 1300 182 183
  • In person: Arts Centre Melbourne Box Office, 100 St Kilda Road, Melbourne. Click here to find out more.
  • Pricing: Tickets $50 - $175 (booking fee applies). Concession and VOyage ($30 tickets for 30 years and under) available
  • School bookings: School group booking of 10. One free Adult ticket per school group.Call Arts Centre Melbourne 1300 002 787

 

ACCESSIBLE PERFORMANCES

Find our more about our accessible peformances >

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

Victorian Opera's for Schools program offers an unique experience for students to experience the world of opera, enhance their musical eductation and have fun. View our Education Brochure online, download a printable version or visit our website to find out how we can tailor an opera experience for your students >

 

SCHOOL PERFORMANCES

  • Tuesday 22 July, 7.30pm
  • Wednesday 23 July, 1.00pm & 7.30pm
  • Thursday 24 July, 7.30pm
  • Friday 25 July, 7.30pm
  • Pricing: $25 per student
  • School bookings: School group booking of 10. One free Adult ticket per school group. Call Arts Centre Melbourne 1300 002 787.

2 hours and 50 minutes including one interval.


ADD-ON EXPERIENCES

Schools Seminar
Take advantage of our Schools Seminar for students and teachers. Drama specialist Meg Upton, with members of the creative team will lead a Q&A, discussing topics relevant to students studying VCE Theatre Studies Unit 4. Click here to BOOK ONLINE >

  • Arts Centre Melbourne, Playhouse
  • Wednesday 23 July, 4.15pm - 5.00pm
  • Free for school groups attending the performance.

'Top-up' Schools Seminar
Also on offer is our ‘Top-up’ Schools Seminar for students and teachers. Join Meg Upton for a quick ‘top-up’ before the big assessment hits. Come armed with questions! Click here to BOOK ONLINE >

  • Horti Hall, Victorian Opera
  • Thursday 18 September, 4.30pm - 5.40pm
  • Free for school groups attending a performance


ONLINE LEARNING

SYNOPSIS

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.

 

 

 

“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. 


Into the Woods
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)

 

 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

Into the Woods | 19 - 26 July 2014 Book your tickets >

VENUE

Arts Centre Melbourne, Playhouse


DATES

  • Saturday 19 July, 7.30pm *SOLD OUT*
  • Tuesday 22 July, 7.30pm *SOLD OUT*
  • Wednesday 23 July, 1.00pm* *LIMITED AVAILABILITY* &  7.30pm *SOLD OUT*
  • Thursday 24 July, 7.30pm *SOLD OUT*
  • Friday 25 July, 7.30pm *SOLD OUT*
  • Saturday 26 July, 1.00pm & 7.30pm*SOLD OUT*

2 hours and 50 minutes including one interval. *Accessible performance


TICKETS

2014 Season packages have now closed. Single tickets now available to purchase via Arts Centre Melbourne

  • Online: Click here to BOOK ONLINE >
  • Phone: 1300 182 183
  • In person: Arts Centre Melbourne Box Office, 100 St Kilda Road, Melbourne. Click here to find out more.
  • Pricing: Tickets $50 - $175 (booking fee applies). Concession and VOyage ($30 tickets for 30 years and under) available
  • School bookings: School group booking of 10. One free Adult ticket per school group.Call Arts Centre Melbourne 1300 002 787

 

ACCESSIBLE PERFORMANCES

Find our more about our accessible peformances >

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

Victorian Opera's for Schools program offers an unique experience for students to experience the world of opera, enhance their musical eductation and have fun. View our Education Brochure online, download a printable version or visit our website to find out how we can tailor an opera experience for your students >

 

SCHOOL PERFORMANCES

  • Tuesday 22 July, 7.30pm
  • Wednesday 23 July, 1.00pm & 7.30pm
  • Thursday 24 July, 7.30pm
  • Friday 25 July, 7.30pm
  • Pricing: $25 per student
  • School bookings: School group booking of 10. One free Adult ticket per school group. Call Arts Centre Melbourne 1300 002 787.

2 hours and 50 minutes including one interval.


ADD-ON EXPERIENCES

Schools Seminar
Take advantage of our Schools Seminar for students and teachers. Drama specialist Meg Upton, with members of the creative team will lead a Q&A, discussing topics relevant to students studying VCE Theatre Studies Unit 4. Click here to BOOK ONLINE >

  • Arts Centre Melbourne, Playhouse
  • Wednesday 23 July, 4.15pm - 5.00pm
  • Free for school groups attending the performance.

'Top-up' Schools Seminar
Also on offer is our ‘Top-up’ Schools Seminar for students and teachers. Join Meg Upton for a quick ‘top-up’ before the big assessment hits. Come armed with questions! Click here to BOOK ONLINE >

  • Horti Hall, Victorian Opera
  • Thursday 18 September, 4.30pm - 5.40pm
  • Free for school groups attending a performance


ONLINE LEARNING

SYNOPSIS

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.

 

 

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PHOTO ALBUM


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Take a bow


Our extraordinary cast take a bow after a truly magical opening night!

 

 

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PROGRAMME


Immerse yourself in the world of opera with our Into the Woods programme! Director Stuart Maunder shares his thoughts on the magical words 'Once upon a time', Conductor Benjamin Northey writes about the connection between text and music, and you can view the beautiful costume illustrations by designer Harriet Oxley and more! VIEW PROGRAMME ONLINE >

 

OPENING NIGHT!


 

TIS' the season for hats!


Some of the beautiful hats created by milliner Phillip Rhodes for the Into the Woods production.

 

ON THE RADIO


So what does Granny sound like? She made a guest appearance on SYN with host Jeremy Kleeman and his fellow Into the Woods cast members Noni McCallum, Josie Lane and Rowan Witt. Listen to the podcast

 

COSTUME GALLERY

Click the image to view some of the costume illustrations by designer Harriet Oxley.


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SNEAK PEEK


Who lives here?! We couldn't resist a little sneak peek of the "Into the Woods" set (designed by Adam Gardnir).

 

IN THE PRESS


“(Stephen Sondheim) is my favourite composer. The right note sites on the right phrase – it’s just so clever” – Queenie van de Zandt (The Witch).

 

A Director's Note


After the success of Sunday in the Park with George in 2013, the Victorian Opera team jumped at the opportunity to work with Stuart Maunder on the company’s second Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine installment, Into the Woods. Stuart share his thoughts in our Behind the Curtain blog. Read more >