Maverick Theatre Heads ‘Into the Woods’

UT Arlington students (from left) Blake Rice, Elicia Gantverg and Tyler Moore star in the upcoming production of “Into the Woods.” (Photo contributed)
UT Arlington students (from left) Blake Rice, Elicia Gantverg and Tyler Moore star in the upcoming production of “Into the Woods.” (Photo contributed)

Storybook characters collide as The University of Texas at Arlington’s Maverick Theatre Company presents the award-winning musical, “Into the Woods,” Feb. 25-March 1 in the Mainstage Theatre.

Recently a major motion picture, this stage production of “Into the Woods” is directed by Professor Andrew Christopher Gaupp (Theatre Arts) and stars a host of UT Arlington students. Gaupp said the musical will stay truer to its original Broadway form.

“I feel that the movie was a very good adaptation of the stage play into a movie,” he said. “However, the stage play and the movie have significant differences. Our production is more like the original Broadway version than the movie in that it has more humor in the interpretation and is staged for a theatre, not a film. They are just two very different mediums.”

“Into the Woods,” with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by James Lapine, follows a Baker and his wife, who wish to have a child; Cinderella, who wishes to attend the King’s Festival; and Jack, who wishes his cow would give milk. When the Baker and his wife learn that they cannot have a child because of a witch’s curse, the two set off on a journey to break the curse, causing a myriad of unintentional consequences.

The UTA cast includes: Alexander Pope (Narrator/Mysterious Man), Elicia Gantverg (Cinderella), Tyler Moore (Jack), Blake Rice (Baker), Bryn Apprill (Baker’s Wife), Emily Burgardt (Stepmother), Lauren Moreau (Florinda), Marla Acevedo (Lucinda), Bailey Venable (Jack’s Mother), Elizabeth Stevens (Little Red Ridinghood), Kelly Stewart (Witch), Caleb Hall (Cinderella’s Father), Whitney Jones (Cinderella’s Mother/Sleeping Beauty), C.C. Weatherly (Rapunzel), Brian Boyce (Rapunzel’s Prince), Rachel Glass (Granny/Snow White), Austin Bender (Cinderella’s Prince/Wolf), Glenn Long (Steward), Adrian Stecker (Milky White), Kevin Duran (Male Understudy) and Alexandria Fazzari (Female Understudy).

Gaupp is assisted by Assistant Professor Anne Healy (Theatre Arts) as associate director and music director; Associate Professor Clifton Evans as music conductor; and Elise Lavalee as choreographer. Specialist Michelle Harvey (Theatre Arts) is scenic designer and Production Manager Jared Land is lighting and sound designer. Associate Professor Daniel Archibald (Theatre Arts) is technical director. Lecturer Laurie Land (Theatre Arts) is costumer and makeup designer; Associate Professor Joe Kongevick (Theatre Arts) is makeup consultant. G. Dean McBride is stage manager.

“Into the Woods” will run Feb. 25-28 at 8 p.m. and March 1 at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $12 for general public and $9 for students, senior citizens, and UTA faculty and staff. The Mainstage Theatre is located in the north section of the Fine Arts Building, 502 South Cooper Street, on the UT Arlington campus.

For tickets/reservations, group rates, or further information, please contact the Department of Theatre Arts Box Office at (817) 272-2669 or uta.edu/theatre.

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