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NCT’s “Into the Woods” Offers Dark, Fabulous Fun

Fairytales are made of some pretty dark stuff, most of which has gotten filtered out of the versions of these stories that today’s kid hear. However, all the dark and creepy elements are present in James Lapine’s Into the Woods, presented by North Carolina Theatre.

Jamison Stern, Raleigh native Laurel Harris (center), and Jacquelyn Piro Donovan star as the Baker and his Wife and the Witch who laid a curse of barrenness on them (photo by Curtis Scott Brown)

Jamison Stern, Raleigh native Laurel Harris (center), and Jacquelyn Piro Donovan star as the Baker and his Wife and the Witch who laid a curse of barrenness on them (photo by Curtis Scott Brown)

However, there’s more to this story than just a send-up of fairytales. There’s also humor, larger-than-life characters, and unforgettable musical numbers. Under the careful direction and bold choreography of James Brennan, this fan-favorite, which follows several well-known characters on diverse journeys, really shines.

Jacquelyn Piro Donovan does not disappoint with her wicked, cackling portrayal of The Witch- and the amazing stage makeup and styling she’s given don’t hurt either! Likewise, Jeremy Morse makes for an endearingly sweet Jack. Other standouts include Jennifer Cody’s multi-layered portrayal of Little Red Riding Hood and Jamison Stern’s lovable portrayal of The Baker. In fact, the whole cast is really on-point in this large-scale production. Also, there’s visual appeal everywhere! The scenes are large, often involving several members of the cast on stage at once, and during those moments, there’s so much to look at! From bold colors to intricate costumes, the eye will never be disappointed during this one!

Jennifer Cody and Nathaniel Hackmann star as Little Red Riding Hood and the big bad Wolf (photo by Curtis Scott Brown)

Jennifer Cody and Nathaniel Hackmann star as Little Red Riding Hood and the big bad Wolf (photo by Curtis Scott Brown)

And, while the characters start out doing things most viewers are familiar with, the story quickly becomes something totally new and different that is sure to delight and intrigue viewers of all ages and from all walks of life. Though there are some dark undertones, the story is still lighthearted enough to make for fun family viewing, and this definitely isn’t one to miss!

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