Photo Flash: First Look at Danielle Ferland, Lauren Kennedy, et al. in Baltimore's INTO THE WOODS

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Into the Woods began performances at The Pearlstone Theater on March 7, as a coproduction between Westport Country Playhouse and Baltimore Centerstage. Check out production shots below!

Leading the great adventure is acclaimed  director Mark Lamos Mark Lamos (also Artistic Director at Westport), who last visited CENTERSTAGE with his magical staging of Sondheim's A Little Night Music.  In addition to the original tales by The Brothers Grimm that inspired Sondheim and  Lapine, Lamos found inspiration for his staging in the works of E.T.A. Hoffmann. A 19th century German fabulist, Hoffmann's tales "are filled with terror and wonder, mystery  and the macabre. And music," says Lamos. The inspiration behind The Nutcracker and  Coppélia, Hoffmann's stories often focus on creators and their creations, so as the  Narrator pulls the strings of the ensemble within his toy theater, our familiar characters- including Cinderella, Rapunzel, Jack, and Little Red-find their paths intertwined and  unpredictable. And everyone finds some surprises lurking beyond Happily Ever After.

Joining Lamos in bringing this story to life is choreographer SeSeá SeSeán áán Curran n n Curran. Curran's work  has appeared nationally, internationally, and on Broadway, and he is the founder of Seán  Curran Company. They are joined by music director Wa Wayne Barker, last at CENTERSTAGE yne Barker for the smash hit Caroline, or Change.

Into the Woods, with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by James Lapine,  begins previews on Wednesday, March 7. The show opens officially on Wednesday, March  14, and closes April 15. Tickets are $10- $60, and can be ordered online at  www.centerstage.org/woods, or by calling 410.332.0033. This production is supported by  M&T Bank and Northrop Grumman; with additional funding from T. Rowe Price and  Goodell, DeVries, Leech & Dann, LLP; and media partner Maryland Public Television.

Photo Credit: Richard Anderson

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