April 8, 2022

Salem State Theatre Brings Tony Award Winning Musical “Into The Woods” to Life

by Felicia Cheney

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Free Admission for Salem Residents at Salem Night on April 15

Salem State boasts an enchanting production of Into The Woods at the Sophia Gordon Center for Creative and Performing Arts, directed by Bill Cunningham with musical direction by Karen Gahagan and choreography by Alex Jacobs. Join us on this theatrical quest April 14 – 16 and April 21 – 23 at 7:30pm, and April 24 at 2pm. Salem Residents are welcome to free admission for Salem Night on Friday, April 15 by emailing tickets@salemstatetickets.com.

All other tickets are available now at www.salemstatetickets.com. $20 for General Admission, $15 for Seniors and Students, and free for those under 18 years of age. Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine brilliantly weave classic Grimm fairy tales together to create an epic story about wishes, family, and the choices we make. The story 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. Everyone’s wish is granted, but at a price.

“For most, fairy tales are the first stories we encounter. Like the best of stories, they feed our imagination, while also helping us face life’s conflicts,” shares director Bill Cunningham. “Into the Woods challenges audiences to look beyond simple questions. What is good? Who is bad? Where is the promise of a happy ending? The woods are full of dangers, hardships, and disappointments. These experiences teach us. We learn. We grow. Our character is formed. It is from these moments that our true stories are revealed to us.”

Winner of five Tony Awards, eight Drama Desk awards, and four Olivier Awards, “Into the Woods” premiered at San Diego’s Old Globe Theatre in 1987. It has since enjoyed numerous successful revivals, most recently at the Roundabout Theater, becoming New York’s surprise hit of the 2015 season. The popular film adaptation of “Into the Woods” by Walt Disney Pictures premiered in 2014 and was critically and commercially successful. Already in the top five of the most successful movie musical adaptations ever, it was nominated for three Academy Awards and three Golden Globes.

About the Center for Creative and Performing Arts
Salem State’s Center for Creative and Performing Arts (CCPA) provides the arts explorer a singular destination to experience world-class guest artists and award-winning student and faculty performances in dance, music and theatre as well as art exhibitions and spoken word events. The CCPA is committed to providing diverse, inclusive and affordable arts experiences to the communities on Boston’s north shore.

Visit https://salemstate.edu/arts for calendar information.

About Salem State University
Salem State University, established in 1854, is a comprehensive, public institution of higher learning located approximately 15 miles north of Boston, Massachusetts. One of the largest state universities in the Commonwealth, Salem State enrolls about 7,000 undergraduate and graduate students. It offers 32 undergraduate programs and graduate programs that offer degrees in 24 fields. The university also has a continuing education division that offers both credit and non-credit programs. Known for the academic strength of its faculty, Salem State was named a Top Producer of U.S. Fulbright Scholars in 2011 and for the 2016-2017 academic year. The university is designated a Top College and University by Military Advanced Education and a Best for Vets College by Military Times. Salem State proudly participates in the National Study of Learning, Voting, and Engagement and has shown a student voting rate well above the national average, earning the university a gold seal from the ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge.

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