Into the Woods, Jr.

Athena Smith, left, rehearses a scene as Little Red Riding Hood while Nicholas Pendleton plays The Wolf during a recent rehearsal for the Livingston Parish Talented Music Program’s upcoming production of “Into the Woods, Jr.” at the Suma Crossing Theatre on March 21 and March 23.

SATSUMA -- This week, a collection of fairy tale characters will gather in Satsuma.

And there will be plenty of singing, adventures, and magic during their stay.

Students in the Livingston Parish Talented Music Program will perform multiple showings of “Into the Woods, Jr.” at the Suma Crossing Theatre on March 21 and March 23, with both shows starting at 6:30 p.m.

Featuring some of the most popular fairy tale characters of all-time, this adaptation of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s Tony Award-winning musical puts a modern spin on Brothers Grimm fables such as “Cinderella,” “Jack and the Beanstalk” and “Little Red Riding Hood.”

The production, featuring nearly 50 students from Walker-area schools, will consist of two acts: The first will be a concert in which students sing and play a variety of instruments during a 30-minute set titled “Into the Music”; the second will be the one-hour musical “Into the Woods, Jr.”

The musical follows the intersecting storylines of multiple characters, including 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.

Narrators will guide audiences during both nights of the musical. In addition, Saturday night’s production will also feature sign language interpretation from a group of 15 Walker High students taking the American Sign Language course.

Tickets for the show are $10 for adults and $5 for students and children. Several of the parts are double-casted, meaning different students will play certain roles on different nights. Students are performing under the direction of Harrison Dollar and Cathy McManus, with assistance from Colton Johnson.

This program is supported in part by a Decentralized Arts Funding Grant from the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge in cooperation with the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism, and Louisiana State Arts Council.

‘Into the Woods, Jr.’

A production by the Livingston Parish Talented Music Program

When: March 21 and March 23, 6:30 p.m.

Where: Suma Crossing Theatre, located at 28975 S. Satsuma Road

Admission: $10 for adults, $5 for students and children

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