The story follows a Baker and his wife who wish to have a child, Cinderella who wishes to attend the King's Festival, and Jack who wishes his cow would give milk. When the Baker and his wife learn that they cannot have a child because of a Witch's curse, the two set off on a journey to break the curse. Everyone's wish is granted, but the consequences of their actions return to haunt them later with disastrous results. Both enchanting and touching, Into the Woods is a musical treat for the whole family! Into the Woods is sponsored by Blue Moose Bar and Grill.
Into the Woods will run August 5-8 and August 12-15 with all performances at 7:30pm at the Empire Arts Center. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for members and students. Tickets can be purchased weekdays at 701-746-5500 or anytime at www.empireartscenter.com.
Into the Woods features the following local actors: Adam Giebner as the Narrator, the Wolf and the Mysterious Man, Therese Kulas as Cinderella, Casey Hennessey as Jack, Leo Lakpa as Milky-White, Christopher Olson as the Baker, Mackenzie Teepen as the Baker’s Wife, Allyse Hoge as the Stepmother, Bethany Van Eps as Florinda, Juliet Wolfe as Lucinda, Emily Walsh as Jack’s Mother, Ivy McGurran as Little Red Ridinghood, Elizabeth Hoplin as the Birds, the Harp and Snow White, Maura Ferguson as the Witch, Gus Tandberg as Cinderella’s Father, Emily Holter as Cinderella’s Mother, Eden Volk as Rapunzel, Seth Cline as Rapunzel’s Prince, Amy Sanner as Grandmother and the Giant, Andrew Holter as Cinderella’s Prince, Cam Pederson as the Steward, Leah Biberdorf as Sleeping Beauty. This production is directed by Chris Berg, with musical direction by David Henrickson. The stage manager is Abby Plumley and lighting design is by Lindsay Escobar. Set designers include Evan Montgomery and Abby Schoenborn.
The Empire Theatre Company produces a theatrical season annually staffed by professional actors, technicians, musicians, and staff, with an especially unique mission to perform contemporary, thought-provoking plays and musicals. The 2015-2016 season will also feature A Christmas Carol, Falsettos, and The Flick. For more information about these productions, or to purchase tickets, visit www.empireartscenter.com.
As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, the Empire Arts Center is dedicated to promoting the arts in the greater Grand Forks community. The Empire provides a welcoming venue for other local arts organizations, as well as developing our own artistic programming such as the Empire Theatre Company and the Backstage Project. The Empire is also home to the UND Art Collections Gallery; exhibits from this collection have displayed works by renowned artists such as Andy Warhol and Salvador Dali.