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The Madison Recreation Department and Playwrights Theatre Present 'Into the Woods Junior'

MADISON, NJ - The Madison Recreation Department and Playwrights Theatre present Into the Woods Junior music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim's book by James Lapine, originally directed on Broadway by JaImes Lapine, original Broadway production produced by Heidi Landesman, M. Anthony Fisher, Rocco Landesman, Frederick H. Mayerson, Rick Steiner, Jujamcyn Theaters, originally produced by the Old Globe Theatre, San Diego, CA.

The production (appropriate for all ages) will have three performances: August 8 and 9 at 7:30pm and August 10 at 2:30pm. The production will be directed by Kasey Colligan and Brian Lang. The cast features youth performers: Sean Bennet, Danielle Cenicolla, Rachel Cenicolla, Jaron Cole, Erin Colligan, Lauren Emmerich, Tanner Lauchnor, Jenna Marandola, Mark Marandola, Olivia Matos, Sophia Matos, Kristin McManu, Camille Miller, Emily Ruina, Lucy Ruina, Grace Samor, Emma Schuszler, Erin Salko, Maggie Salko, Bill Wagstaff.

Single tickets are on sale now $10 for adults and $5 for students/child. For tickets, call the box office at 973-514-1787 X31. There will no charge for Senior Citizens who should call the Senior Center at 973-593-3095 to secure their tickets. Performances will take place at Madison High School, 170 Ridgedale Avenue in Madison, NJ.

Into the Woods Junior is a young performer’s version of the famous Broadway musical by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine. It’s a funny musical comedy that takes familiar fairy tales and twists them into a new story.

“Playwrights Theatre is committed to providing quality educational activities to students of all ages,” said Artistic Director John Pietrowski. “The opportunity to work on challenging and beautiful music with trained teachers is an excellent way for youngsters to spend the summer. We are grateful to the Borough of Madison for including arts programming in the mix of vacation recreational activities, and thankful to the Madison Board of Education for providing the support necessary to put up a show. Audiences will be in for a treat.”

About The Production:
Into the Woods Junior is the third co-production between The Madison Recreation Department and Playwrights Theatre, which has been located in Madison for 27 years. The production is also supported by the Borough of Madison’s Jim Burnet, and Director of Recreation, Zach Ellis, and the Madison Board of Education provides significant support in permitting the use of the High School Auditorium facilities.Founded in 1986, Playwrights Theatre is a 501(c) 3 not-for-profit professional theatre and arts education institution dedicated to developing and nurturing the dramatic imagination of artists, students, and audiences. Our New Play Program creates development opportunities for professional writers through readings, workshops and productions, and invites audiences to participate in authentic feedback experiences. Our New Jersey Writers Project, Poetry Out Loud, New Jersey Young Playwrights Contest and Festival, and Creative Arts Academy programs provide a comprehensive and hands-on arts education experience to over 31,000 students, Pre-K through adult.

Writers in the New Play Program are drawn from across the country, including our affiliation with the National New Play Network, a nation-wide group of theatres dedicated to the development and production of new work. Teaching Artists in our Education Programs are professional artists working in their field in the New Jersey, New York, and Philadelphia metropolitan areas. From 2003-2013, we have been designated a Major Arts Institution by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts (along with only four other theatres: The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, George Street Playhouse, McCarter Theatre Center and Paper Mill Playhouse) as “an anchor institution that contributes vitally to the quality of life in New Jersey.”

Funding for our activities comes from: the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, the F.M. Kirby Foundation, Inc., Dramatist Guild Fund, Horizon Foundation of New Jersey, The Shubert Foundation, The Victoria Foundation, and many corporations, foundations and individuals.

Playwrights Theatre is a member of the New Jersey Theatre Alliance, the National New Play Network, and Madison Arts & Culture Alliance.

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