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By Joe Block 

Sauk Prairie Theater Guild gets deep with Into the Woods


July 12, 2018

Joe Block

Cinderella and her family at a rehearsal on Friday. Back row, left to right: Jeni Hanko, Cinderella's stepmother; Nikki Weigel, Lucinda; Teyanna Loether, Florinda. Kneeling: Lindsey Griese, Cinderella.

The Sauk Prairie Theatre Guild is producing Into the Woods, one of Stephen Sondheim's most successful works, July 12th-15th, at the River Arts Center in Prairie du Sac. The Tony award-winning musical is the second of two collaborations between Sondheim and James Lapine and is one of Sondheim's most produced works.

Directed by Rauel LaBreche the musical digs deep in Freudian and Jungian psychology. Said LaBreche, "Fairytales tell certain things about us...that are so core to us they appear in all cultures." The cast chose to "take a different spin altogether", telling the story that weaves a narrative through four different fairy tales.

"It's about a baker and his wife who want to have a child, but are cursed by the witch next door, "said LaBreche. "They need to get four articles: a cape as red as blood, a cow as white as milk, a slipper as pure as gold, and hair as yellow as corn". Little Red Riding Hood has the cape, Jack and the Beanstalk provides the cow, Cinderella has the slipper, and Rapunzel has the hair as yellow as corn.

The baker and his wife have 3 days.

"At the end of Act I everything is happily ever after," explains LaBreche. "But things are not as good as they seem." Although the giant has been killed, his wife seeks revenge. "They combine forces to solve the giant problem," said LaBreche.

Giving an overview of the musical, he explains, "The musical is about what happens when we individually pursue our goals at the expense of everyone else. It has very poignant messages...catchy phrases that are pithy too...and it's a message we need with everything that's happening right now."

He said it's amazing to have a group willing to take on something like this musical. "It's a testimony to the talent in the area, "said LaBreche. "This is the third time I've done this [musical], and it's by far the most balanced cast I've had. They've all risen to the challenge.

The cast includes: Meg Aspinwall, Ian Michel, Patrice Luer, Julienna Hagan, Natalie Davies, Teyanna Marx, Kayln Schmit, Nikki Weigel, Jenna McCann, Arista Detter, Heidi Boaz, Brandon Krueger, Marita Kelter, Jeni Hanko, Adam McKinney, and Chris and Marcus Larson.

The Music Director is Meg Aspinwall and Orchestra Director is David Miotke. A talented orchestra of 19 area musicians will fill out the ensemble.

Tickets are on sale now at the River Arts on Water Gallery at 590 Water Street in Prairie du Sac, by calling the Gallery at 643-5215, or online at  

Into the Woods is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).  All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. 423 West 55th Street, New York, NY 10019



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