For the first time in nearly 30 years, the Sleepy Hollow Theater and Arts Park is presenting an indoor production, with an entirely adult cast, during the dead of winter.
“It’s a new experience for us. We’ve never had a production for just adults," said Job Christenson, artistic director.
Executive Director Susan Lundberg said Sleepy Hollow is always expanding and wanting to serve the whole community and offering a show at a new time of year featuring adult actors is another way to do it.
“We’re constantly trying to think of new and innovative ways. This production is no exception," Christenson said. "We want to take this above and beyond.”
"Into the Woods" is a musical intertwining the plots of several Brothers Grimm and Charles Perrault fairy tales, exploring the consequences of the characters' wishes and quests.
"It's like taking a fairy tale and turning it upside down," Christenson said. "Act one is about wanting everything. Act two is about what happens when you get everything you want. It's a wonderful, telling piece."
Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel, Cinderella and Jack from "Jack and the Beanstalk" are stars of the show. The musical is tied together by the story of a childless baker and his wife, and their quest to begin a family despite being cursed by a witch.
The four-night show will take place at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 25-28 at Sixteen03 Main Events, Bismarck.
“We figured January was a good time," Christenson said. "Not a lot happens in the dark hours of winter. We hope to create light during a darker period."
And Sixteen03 Main Events manager Michelle Kaufman said hosting the show fits well with the venue's goals of hosting more community events that give residents an opportunity to experience the event space they have built there.
In this production, the stage will be eliminated, and characters will act, sing and dance amid the audience.
Cast members will not only act the part of people, they will play objects, such as moving ladders, trees in a forest and buildings.
“There’s not going to be a bad seat in the house,” Christenson said.
Sixteen03 Main Events will have food available for purchase, and there will be a full bar onsite.
The ticket price is $30, and tables or individual seats can be reserved prior to the event. All proceeds benefit Sleepy Hollow’s educational programming for youth all the way up to adult.
"Sleepy Hollow is a program for the ages, and it'll last long after I’m gone," Christenson said. "It’s nice to be a part of its legacy.”
A Grand Forks native who lives in New York, Christenson says he appreciates the talents of the Bismarck community, as well its openness and enthusiasm for the arts.
"At the center of every great community is a strong arts program. I feel blessed in every way to call Bismarck my second home," he said.
A few individuals are still needed to fill out the cast of characters. A second round of auditions will take place at 7 p.m. Nov. 12 at Sleepy Hollow's warehouse, 210 W. Bowen Ave. To schedule an appointment, call 701-319-0894.
For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit www.shst.org.