INTO THE WOODS Continues This Weekend at Coralville Center for the Performing Arts

Venture back Into the Woods as City Circle Acting Company of Coralville presents the Tony Award-winning musical classic by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine, now through May 3 at the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts.

Follow a baker and his wife as they struggle to meet the demands of a vengeful witch so that they may have their hearts' desire -- a child of their own. On their journey in and out of the woods, they meet a woman fleeing a ball, a girl with extraordinary hair, a cow-sick boy, a sweet-loving granddaughter, a couple of princes, and at least one giant.

This show features two equity actors bringing their professional polish to the CCPA Stage. Kristen Behrendt (DeGrazia) shows her Broadway talents as the delightfully cruel and crafty witch, a role made famous by Bernadette Peters. Patrick DuLaney presents his professional chops as the Baker, who helps connect each of these hilarious and heartbreaking fairy tales together into a story even the Grimm Brothers never imagined.

"I remember listening to the cassette tape of the original cast in 1987 before ever seeing the show on stage. I imagined what the show would look like--how the stories would be told in the theater. I'm thrilled to be able to work with this all-star cast to bring this vision finally to life," says director Chris Okiishi. "Even though these are Fairy Tale characters and the stories are firmly based in the Brothers Grimm, I think our audiences will relate in a very real way to the characters' triumphs and struggles. And who hasn't wondered what happens after 'Happily Ever After'?"

Tickets are $12-$27 and can be purchased online at or by calling 319.248.9370 or in person at the CCPA box office at 1301 5th Street and at the Coralville Recreation Center at 1506 8th Street. Into the Woods is sponsored by University of Iowa Community Credit Union.

Pictured: Rob Keech and Rob Kemp attempt to outshine each other as the two very charming Princes in Into the Woods. Photo by Jackie Blake Jensen Photography ICPixx.

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