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WKU to present musical ‘Into the Woods’ Nov. 5-10

Some performers seem to be meant for certain parts. Just ask Hannah McCarthy, a WKU sophomore from Nashville, Tennessee, who will be portraying Sleeping Beauty/Princess Aurora in both the musical Into the Woods Nov. 5-10 and as the lead character in the Sleeping Beauty portion of WKU Dance Company’s Holiday Extravaganza later in November.

11-5intowoodMark your calendars now for the WKU’s Department of Theatre and Dance production of Into the Woods, the award-winning musical, recently seen on the silver screen in an adaptation starring Meryl Streep.

Into the Woods, based on the book by James Lapine with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, will be presented at the Russell Miller Theatre in WKU’s Ivan Wilson Fine Arts Center. Fairy tale characters old and new take an often funny and finally moving musical journey through the deep, dark woods to try and get their wishes. But as they learn, “wishes come true — not free.” They’ll have to grapple together with what their choices mean for their lives — and the lives of everyone around them as well.

Numerous students are busy at work both on the stage and behind the scenes to bring this fantasy tale to life. Sarah Guthrie, a sophomore from Bowling Green, received a FUSE (Faculty-Undergraduate Student Engagement) grant to study the prosthetic makeup techniques that will be used on the witch.

Students assisting the faculty with the creative team include scenic designer Hannah Allgeier, a senior from Shepherdsville; co-costume designer Allison Pickerell, a senior from Tompkinsville; and sound designer Patrick MacDonald, a junior from Bowling Green.

Cast members include Tyler Chandler, a junior from Louisville; Alex Gray, a sophomore from Murfreesboro, Tennessee; Shalyn Grow, a junior from Jasper, Indiana; Montana Hatfield, a junior from Taylor Mill; Josiah Howlett, a sophomore from Lexington; Abby Kohake, a senior from Florence; Jordan Lee, a freshman from Louisville; Megan Magistrelli, a senior from Fort Wright; Hunter Mayfield, a freshman from Louisville; Hannah McCarthy, a sophomore from Nashville, Tennessee; Lynsey Milburn, a senior from Mount Washington; Tristen Milburn, a senior from Louisville; Heather Moore, a junior from Louisville; Riley Morrissey, a sophomore from Louisville; Fiona Mowbray, a senior from Lexington; Dare Norman, a senior from Bowling Green; Hope Pauly, a sophomore from Villa Hills; Caleb Pless, a senior from Nashville, Tennessee; Abby Sauer, a freshman from Taylor Mill; Aaron Schilling, a sophomore from Crescent Springs; Sabrina Sieg, a sophomore from Louisville; Bo Vaughn, a senior from Nashville, Tennessee; Bailey Vincent, a junior from Macon, Georgia; Colin Waters, a sophomore from Florence.

Show times are 8 p.m. Nov. 5-7 and Nov. 9-10 with 3 p.m. matinee Nov. 8. Tickets are $18 for adults and $15 for students. This show is rated PG-13. Purchase tickets online at no additional charge at wku.showare.com or call the WKU Fine Arts Box Office at (270) 745-3121; box office hours are noon to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

More information about the WKU Department of Theatre and Dance can be found at www.wku.edu/theatre-and-dance or by calling the department at (270) 745-5845. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter @WKUTheatreDance.

Contact: Julie Pride, (270) 779-2560

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