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Leavenworth Summer Theater presents 'Into the Woods'

Photo submitted by Leavenworth Summer Theater, Stephen Hufman
Pictured, from left, Rapunzel’s prince Kaden Oliver and Cinderella’s prince, Sebastian Hulbert, from the upcoming Leavenworth Summer Theater musical, “Into the Woods,” which open Friday at the Ski Hill Amphitheater.
For the first time in over 15 years, Leavenworth Summer Theater is presenting something other than "Sound of Music" at the Ski Hill Theater. Taking the place of the timeless classic is perhaps another timeless classic in the making.

"Into the Woods" is based on a book by James Lapine, with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. The plot revolves around several characters from Brothers Grimm fairy tales, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, Rapunzel and Cinderella.

"It is an incredibly exciting show. The quality of the writing is phenomenal. I would say it is one of the top five musicals of all time, because of how perfectly it is written," said Director Phil Lacey. "It is one of Sondheim's best works. The opportunity to do it up at Ski is such a unique setting, I think it is going to bring so much to the show."

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This Dorothy comes from Cashmere, not Kansas
In the new Cascade All District musical, the Wizard of Oz, there's a tornado, but this one emanates a little closer to home, in Cashmere rather than Kansas. It is one of the many new twists in the upcoming school production, which features kids from Kindergarten to 12th grade.

Cascade Head Drama Coach Mandi Wickline said her Assistant Director Ted Fredericks has been plugging for Wizard of Oz for a number of years. But Wickline had become tired of seeing the same show done over and over again, based on the classic movie.

"The only way I would do Wizard of Oz is if we did it totally different. We are modernizing everything. It is a complete rethinking of the show," Wickline said.

For one, Kansas is now Cashmere. And Toto is now a five pound chihuahua named Julio. The ruby slippers are now ruby color Converse sneakers. And Dorothy now lives in an orchard.

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