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University of Arkansas at Little Rock

UALR Opera to Present a New Kind of Fairytale

UALR’s Opera Theatre will perform “Into the Woods,” featuring familiar storybook characters in new adventures, at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 20, and 3 p.m, Sunday, April 22, in the Stella Boyle Smith Concert Hall in the Fine Arts Building.

UALR student admission is free, children between the ages of 5-17 are $5, and general admission is $15. For tickets, call 501-569-8993 or order online at UALR Music Department Box Office.

Matthew K. Tatuś, a 2009 graduate, will direct the production, and Associate Professor of Music Bevan Keating will conduct.

The story, composed by Stephen Sondheim and based on a book by James Lapine, features a cast of familiar storybook characters in adventures not written about in fairytales.

“Encounter familiar characters like Little Red Riding Hood, Jack of the beanstalk, the Baker and his wife, and Cinderella as they strive to get their wishes,” said Tatuś. “Watch as their dreams come true and reality sets in.”

The Cast of “Into the Woods”
Christine Woods of Little Rock as Milky White/Snow White • David Lucian Angelo of Little Rock as Jack • Derrick Herman of Monticello as the baker • Ekaterina Kotcherguina of Little Rock as Cinderella • Erica Finnie of Searcy as Cinderella’s stepmother

J.J. Albrecht of Monticello as the steward • Jacqueline Forrester of Little Rock as the witch • Jessica Williams of Lantana, Texas, as Rapunzel • Katherine Ray of Jasper as Granny • Kevin Ezell of White Hall as Rapunzel’s prince • La’Leata May Westbrook of Little Rock as Lucinda.

Larry Burton of Little Rock will narrate and play the part of The Mysterious Man • LaSheena V. Gordon  of Little Rock as Florinda • Melissa Wilcox of Little Rock as Milky White’s Imposter/Sleeping Beauty • Memory Rose Apata of Little Rock as Jack’s mother • Michael Lowe of Little Rock as Cinderella’s prince • Rachel Manasco of Little Rock as Little Red Riding Hood • Regina Gallucci of Benton as Cinderella’s mother/the giant • Satia Spencer of DeWitt as the baker’s wife • Steven Armstrong of North Little Rock as Cinderella’s father

For more information about the production, see the “Into the Woods” page.