VERO BEACH - Riverside Theatre for Kids presents the James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim musical classic Into The Woods, June 24-25 on the Stark Stage.

The two-hour production features 27 performers aged 13-19, with full sets and costumes. There will be a one-hour version featuring kids from 8-13 at the end of July.

Into the Woods takes favorite storybook characters and brings them together for a timeless and touching retelling with a modern twist.

“We're excited to be presenting this musical as a tribute to Stephen Sondheim,” said Director Kevin Quillinan. “This is one of my favorite shows of his and its lessons get richer every year.”

The story follows a baker and his wife, who wish to have a child. When they learn that they cannot because of a witch's curse, they set off on a journey to break the curse.

“The show's major theme of a community coming together despite hardships has even more meaning after all we have been through the last few years,” said Mr. Quillinan. “This has also been an exciting way to introduce the genius of Sondheim to our students. We’ve held master classes throughout the process showcasing the life and shows of a truly inspiring master.”

Boasting a score that includes favorites "Children Will Listen," "No One Is Alone," and the title song, the musical has become one of Sondheim's most beloved and frequently performed works.

Into the Woods opened on Broadway in 1987. That original production starring Bernadette Peters won three Tony Awards including Best Original Score. The 2002 revival won the Tony Award for Best Musical Revival, and a 2014 film starring Meryl Streep became a critical and commercial hit. A second Broadway revival will open in July.

The cast includes Kristina Gregg (Witch), Zamarie Thompson (The Baker), Rebekah Glunt (The Baker’s Wife), Sasha Martell (Narrator), Timothy Cicco (The Mysterious Man), Brieyana Miranda (Wolf), Anthony Celano (Cinderella’s Prince), Avery Kissam (Cinderella), William Ricklefs (Rapunzel’s Prince), Melania Apostolico (Rapunzel), Kaitlin Simmons (Little Red Riding Hood), Ellie Palm (Jack), Katie Hufstetler (Jack’s Mother), Brook Billings (Granny), Julia Giacobbe (Cinderella’s Mother), Tyler Maurais (Cinderella’s Father), Victoria Vendryes (Cinderella’s Stepmother), Lauren Chesley (Florinda), Danielle Rustay (Lucinda), and Evelyn Hufsteler (Steward).

The ensemble also includes Juliana Apostolico, Giselle Fernandez, Amelia Lewis, Carlee Miranda, Sophia Poulsen, Sadie Rankin, and Charles Suleman.

Into The Woods performances take place Fri., June 24 at 5:30 p.m. and Sat., June 25 at 1 and 5:30 p.m.

Tickets are $10 and can be purchased by calling (772) 231-6990 or at www.riversidetheatre.com.

Riverside Theatre is located at 3250 Riverside Park Dr., Vero Beach.

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