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Opera Theater Stuns with “Into the Woods”

Jack (Reiley Hyun '24) milks the cow "Milky White" for the witches potion. Pictured (left to right): Cara Castaldi ('25, Jack's Mom), Brennan Connelly ('26, The Baker), Jess Soltero ('24, The Baker's Wife) and Larissa Gaulke ('24, The Witch). Photo credit: Sy Bean

By Alika Khun

  While many people are likely more familiar with the 2014 Disney movie starring Meryl Streep, Johnny Depp, James Corden, and many other big Hollywood names, “Into the Woods” was initially a musical written for the stage in 1987. Composed by Stephen Sondheim and written by James Lapine, the musical follows many famous fairy tale characters such as Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack (from “Jack and the Beanstalk”) and many others as their goals and dreams lead them to venture into the woods, where dangerous and fantastical things occur. The University of Puget Sound opera theater program presented its rendition of “Into the Woods” on the night of April 5, directed by Dawn Padula at Schneebeck Concert Hall. In an interview, Tyler Hinton (‘27), who plays the role of Rapunzel’s prince, talked about the experience of working on the musical.


  Hinton found the experience a challenging adjustment from his high school productions. “In high school, people did not take it as seriously,” he said. “There must be over a hundred cues for different cues for different scenes, songs, cues, or lighting changes, and everyone involved is really talented. It’s time-consuming balancing two to three-hour-long rehearsals, school work, and social life, but in the end, it’s all worth it. I’m challenging myself to improve my performance through telling a story as an actor.” According to Hinton, the movie and stage play differ heavily. “It’s very different vibes from the movie, the movie is a little darker than it really is. Seeing the musical stage play would be a much better way if you have watched the movie,” he added.


  As the show came to a close on April 7, the opera theater program enchanted audiences with its powerful singers, talented actors and comedic storytelling. “Seeing the play on stage is such a different experience, and honestly, it’s much more memorable,” Hinton said. “I hope people came to see the show, and just go see more theater! It’s a rich experience, and I really think everyone should have it.”