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Comedia Musica goes ‘Into the Woods’

Local players to present classic Sondheim musical

November 6, 2011
By KATHLEEN KOCH, Messenger staff writer , Messenger News

Comedia Musica Players will present the musical fairy tale "Into the Woods" beginning Thursday.

The musical, written by Stephen Sondheim, introduces the fairy tales of The Baker and His Wife, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, Rapunzel, Cinderella and many other references of several well known tales.

All the characters are entwined to create a humorous story and to explore the moral consequences of each character's wishes and quests.

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-Messenger photo by Hans Madsen
Alyssa Sparks, who plays Jack’s Mother in the Comedia Musica Players presentation of “Into the Woods” by Stephen Sondheim, studies her lines on stage during a recent rehearsal.

"This is a show that is full of laughter as well as life's lessons - a roller coaster of emotion," said Debby Roe, president of the Comedia Musica Players board of directors and director of the production.

"From the very first day of rehearsal the cast sounded absolutely wonderful," Roe said. "They have gotten better and better. ... It is a show you will not want to miss."

This play was selected through a voting process of the board, said Roe.

Fact Box

If you go:

What: "Into the Woods," by Comedia Musica Players

When: 7 p.m., Thursday through Saturday with a 2 p.m. matinee Saturday

Where: St. Edmond auditorium

Cost: $12 adults, $8 students

Brett Cooper will be joining Comedia as music and orchestra director for "Into the Woods."

"I have an excellent hard-working cast, great orchestra and just having a wonderful overall experience," said Cooper.

Roe said that Cooper brings a high degree of talent and skill that has enabled rehearsals to go smoothly and bring out the best in the actors.

"The music is wonderful and offers a great opportunity for the actors to display their talents," Roe said. "We are blessed to have Brett as a part of the troupe."

"Into the Woods" is being performed at the St. Edmond auditorium, Thursday through Saturday at 7 p.m., with a matinee 2 p.m. Saturday.

"St. Edmond's was very gracious in working with us," said Roe. Past Comedia performances have been held in Decker Auditoruim at Iowa Central Community College.

"We had to make some adjustments but it is still working out beautifully," she said.

Contact Kathleen Koch at (515) 573-2141 or\



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