Fairy-tale worlds collide in BCT performance

The Buckhannon Community Theatre performed songs from the upcoming play, “Into the Woods” at Tuesday’s Buckhannon Rotary Club meeting.

“Into the Woods,” a play written by Stephen Sondheim, imagines a world where the plots and characters of some of the popular Brothers Grimm fairy tales exist in the same world. Characters from “Rapunzel,” “Cinderella,” “Little Red Riding Hood,” “Jack and the Beanstalk” and others all play roles in the intricate plot of “Into the Woods.”

The play will be performed by the Buckhannon Community Theatre at 7:30 p.m. July 17-20 and at 2 p.m. July 21 at the Virginia Thomas Law Center for the Performing Arts at West Virginia Wesleyan College.

“This show is probably the largest endeavor BCT has taken on in its history,” said Katie Loudin, who plays Cinderella.

She added that the performance also includes an eight-piece orchestra.

“It takes a village to do this kind of a production,” she said.

The plots are woven together by an original story about a baker and his wife who are unable to conceive a child. The couple has to collect items that are available in the storyline of the other tales, such as Cinderella’s shoe, in order to remove the curse that is at the root of their infertility.

Loudin urged parents and guardians to research into the play – which contains adult jokes, infidelity, homicide and infertility issues – before deciding if they should bring children to watch it. Loudin said she would rate the play “PG-13.”

The plots of two fairy tales also intersect where Cinderella’s prince and Rapunzel’s prince are written to be brothers.

Tickets can be purchased in Buckhannon at Klie Law, Whimsical Treasures and Hometown Market. Tickets can also be purchased in Weston at the Pink Moon.

Tickets are also available online at www.bctonline.org. Student and senior tickets are $8, and adult tickets are $10.