What do Cinderella, Jack — of beanstalk fame — and a childless baker have in common? They are characters in the upcoming Waterville Opera House musical just for “grown ups,” featuring an all-Maine cast and two veteran opera house directors.
“Into the Woods” is a musical that intertwines the plots of several Brothers Grimm fairy tales, including “Little Red Riding Hood,” “Jack and the Beanstalk,” “Rapunzel” and “Cinderella,” among others.
The tale centers around a baker, his wife and their quest to begin a family. A witch, who happens to be Rapunzel’s mother, has placed a curse on the pair, and the story follows their interaction with the other storybook characters.
“‘Into the Woods’ is a great musical … using the Grimm brothers’ fairy tale characters with a mature, adult message about the trials and tribulations we all go through in life,” Dick Dyer, director of marketing and development for the opera house, said. “The characters add all kinds of dimensions and challenges to those experiences.”
Dyer added that while the musical is based on fairy tales, it’s not for a young audience who may not understand the mature themes and subtle comedy.
The musical features lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and a storyline by James Lapine. It debuted in San Diego in 1986 and on Broadway in 1987. It recently was turned into a film, featuring Johnny Depp and Meryl Streep.
The Waterville show features several well-known opera house actors and is directed by Debra Susi and Michael Peterson. It will run at 7:30 p.m. April 10, 11, 17 and 18 and at 2 p.m. April 12 and 19. Tickets are $23 for adults and $21 for seniors and youth. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 873-7000 or visit operahouse.org.