Alamance Children’s Theatre presents ‘Into the Woods’

Cast members from Alamance Children's Theatre's "Into the Woods" pose for a recent photo. / Zoie Nelson, Times-News correspondent

By Abby Chester
Times-News correspondent

   Alamance Children’s Theatre’s “Into the Woods” tells the story of numerous fairy tale characters who all go into the woods to get one thing — their respective wishes. They are desperate to see their wishes granted, even if it means conspiring with a witch or dealing with bloodthirsty giants. And when the characters think that they are finally content, something much bigger than they can handle comes and gives them a whole new look at life and how to live it.
Tami Kress, director of the show and founder of Studio 1, thinks that “the older you are, the more you can relate to the show.” Kress, who is an experienced community theatre director in North Carolina, says that this show is special because it talks about all of the bad things you have to deal with in life, instead of focusing on the good things.
   As the characters’ stories grow more intertwined with each other, their problems seem to get more and more difficult. Featuring fairy tale favorites such as Cinderella and her prince, Little Red Riding Hood and Jack and the Beanstalk, this show takes you on a journey that you will never expect and also gives you a very creative reality check.
“It teaches you to not be afraid of the things you have to face in life,” said Tyler Haugle, who plays “The Baker.”
Haugle described the show’s moral as being full of surprising twists, a girl in a tower, and two ego-filled princes. The show takes you through a magical wood that the characters can’t stay away from.
Caroline Segars, who plays the role of Cinderella, said that people need to learn to “face the giants they have in life.” This directly relates to the show as the characters do indeed face a giant, and they learn a lot from it.

Showtimes are 7 p.m. Jan. 22-23, 2 p.m. Jan. 24 and Jan. 29-30 and 2 p.m. Jan. 31, 2016, at the Paramount Theater, 128 E. Front St., Burlington. Tickets are $9 for adults and $8 for students and seniors and can be purchased between noon and 3 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and one hour prior to showtime. Credit card reservations can be made by calling (336) 222-TIXS. For more information, visit

 Abby Chester is an eighth-grader at Western Alamance Middle School and a Teens & Twenties writer.


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