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Into The Woods

Into The Woods

Into the Woods, a Tony Award-winning musical composed by Stephen Sondheim with book by James Lapine, was presented in Shanklin Theatre in November of 2008.

2015–2016 Shanklin Theatre Season


By Mat Smart, a 2001 UE alumnus
Directed by guest artist Amy Attaway, a 2001 UE alumna
“This really impressive new play succeeds partly because of its highly distinctive setting at the bottom of the world, partly because Mat Smart knows how to forge a metaphor about a community of needy misfits all running away from something, partly because it is penned with real wit and affection, and mostly because it brings together a collection of highly distinctive and lovable characters in whose fate we find ourselves strikingly invested.” – Chris Jones, The Chicago Tribune
September 25, 26, October 1, 2, 3 @ 7:30 p.m.
September 27 & October 4 @ 2:00 p.m.


Book by John August
Music and Lyrics by Andrew Lippa
Based on the novel BIG FISH by Daniel Wallace and the Columbia Pictures Film
Set in the Deep South, this family-friendly, heart-warming, and fantastical musical is centered on Edward Bloom, a traveling salesman who possesses a strong desire to be a hero, both to himself and his son. His penchant for spinning tall tales and elaborate daydreams is solely to convince himself there is meaning and purpose to his ordinary life. This musical’s moving score honors the age-old art of storytelling, by invoking the sense that imagination can transform even the humblest man’s life story into an unforgettable epic adventure. Directed by R. Scott Lank
Musical Direction by Gregory B. Rike
Choreography by Ricki Newman
November 13, 14, 19, 20, 21 @ 7:30 p.m.
November 15 & 22 @ 2:00 p.m.


By Horton Foote
Directed by John David Lutz
In one of nine plays comprising the prolific playwright’s The Orphans’ Home Cycle, Horton Foote once again masterfully mixes the bitter with the sweet and the sad with the comic, in his typically appealing manner. In 1909, Horace Robedaux boards a train bound for Houston to visit his mother and self-absorbed sister, only to find himself fighting a raging fever and at the mercy of an icy stepfather. Horace’s desperate longing to make a connection with these estranged kinsfolk is a vivid reminder of the lasting heartbreak that families endure to survive in life’s ever-changing landscape.
February 19, 20, 25, 26, 27 @ 7:30 p.m.
February 21 & 28 @ 2:00 p.m.


By William Shakespeare
Directed by R. Scott Lank
In The Tragedy of King Richard III, the title character is such a cunning royal reprobate so deformed in body and spirit that even his mother rues the day he was born. In chilling psychopathic fashion, Richard III horrifyingly explains and executes his plans to kill his way to the English throne. Even though he rules with a tyrant’s vengeance that is both backstabbing and bloody, he is such a mesmerizing villain that one dare not turn away.
April 15, 16, 21, 22, 23 @ 7:30 p.m.
April 17 & 24 @ 2:00 p.m.