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Red Branch Theatre Co Presents Into the Woods 3/25-4/9

Opening the week, Red Branch Theatre Company, the professional theatre company in residence at Drama Learning Center, is pleased to present their first show of the 2011 season. Into the Woods will run March 25-April 9. This mixed-up musical is directed by Jenny Male, who most recently directed The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee at RBTC.

James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim's fractured fairy tale features cockeyed characters such as an ambivalent Cinderella, a blood-thirsty Little Red Ridinghood, a Prince Charming with a roving eye, and a Witch who raps!

When a 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, swindling, lying to and stealing from Cinderella, Little Red, Rapunzel and Jack (the one who climbed the beanstalk). Consequences of actions become a prevalent theme. What begins a lively irreverent fantasy in the style of "The Princess Bride" becomes a moving lesson about community responsibility and the stories we tell our children

Several special events will occur in conjunction with Into the Woods. On Sunday, April 3, a special Sondheim-themed post-show lecture, "Whose ‘Woods' are these Anyway," by Julie Kurzava will take place. This will be a general lecture on the Sondheim cannon of musical theatre as it relates to Into the Woods. Ms. Kurzava is a singer, actor and writer who has performed professionally throughout the Mid-Atlantic as well as in film, television, and as a voice over artist. She is a member of the Actors Equity Association (AEA) and the American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA). A classically trained singer, she studied voice at Northwestern University (BM) and the Peabody Conservatory (MM). Since 2005 she has been lecturing on musical theater for the Peabody Conservatory Elderhostel/Road Scholar program.

A special Parents' Night Out PJ Party performance will take place on Friday, April 1st. Only Act One (kid-friendly and a story in itself) will be performed for The children at the PJ Party event. Parents may drop off their kids from 7-11 pm. This is a great opportunity for parents to enjoy their own night out, while the Drama Learning Center staff entertains children with crafts and games, after they have watched the show. PJ party reservations must be made in advance online at or by calling 410-997-9352.

Performance Dates
March 25 & 26, April 2, 7, 8, & 9 at 8 pm
March 27 & April 3 at 3 pm
April 1 at 7 pm - PJ Party Performance ONLY
April 3 - Post-show Sondheim lecture presented by Julie Kurzava

Special Events
Family 4-pack of tickets for $50 - Sunday, March 27 at 3 PM
PJ Party $25 - Friday, April 1, 7-11 PM
Educator Appreciation Night - Thursday, April 7 at 8 pm: all educators receive $10 tickets with a valid ID.

Advance Ticket Pricing:
$18 Adults
$16 Students/Seniors 65+
$15 Groups of 10 or more

Price at the Door: $20

Reservations Highly Recommended. Please visit for online reservations or call the box office at 410-997-9352.

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