Foothills Community Players Presents fairy tale classical musical 'Into the Woods'

Arts and Entertainment

July 19, 2015

From: Foothills Community Players


For immediate release

July 13, 2015



Foothills Community Players Presents fairy tale classical musical 'Into the Woods'


Tony Award winning musical, presented for one weekend only


Foothills Community Players is proud to announce the opening of "Into the Woods" on August 7, 2015. The production will play at the Clayton Center for the Arts, opening on Friday, August 7, and playing through Sunday, August 9. The show will be the 26th produced by Foothills Community Players and the last of the 7th Season.


"We are so excited to bring INTO THE WOODS to Blount County not only because it is such a unique musical, but because this cast and crew are dedicated to the craft and are very resilient", says Libby Pemberton, one of Foothills Community Players' Board members as well as Director of the production. "We auditioned, cast and rehearsed another show for more than a month. When we learned that the rights for that show had been revoked, we talked to the cast & crew and decided that indeed, the show must go on! This is a great story that intertwines many of the Grimm fairytales in a very unique and exciting way. In the first act we follow the traditional fairytale characters and their stories, and in the second act we learn what happens after the happily ever after".


INTO THE WOODS is a musical with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by James Lapine. It debuted on Broadway in 1987 and ran for 764 performance garnering many awards during its initial Broadway run including Tony Awards for Best Original Book and Score. The show has spawned numerous national tours, revivals and a movie starring Meryl Streep and Johnny Depp.


The main characters come from the classic fairytales Cinderella, Rapunzel, Jack and the Beanstalk and Little Red Riding Hood, and are tied together by a more original story involving a baker and his wife and their quest to begin a family. While everyone is familiar with the traditional fairytale ending of happily ever after, this musical follows these stories even further to explore the consequences of the characters' wishes and quests.


The live production features a unique and diverse cast that will surely take audiences by storm. The show stars Clark Herd (Maryville, TN) as The Baker, Hannah Williams (Lenoir City, TN) as the Baker's Wife, Lilly McKee (Knoxville, TN) as Cinderella, Josiah Mustaleski (Knoxville, TN) and Jackson Rader (Maryville, TN) as Jack, Tori Beth Sullivan (Knoxville, TN) as Little Red Riding Hood, Tonya Stoutt-Brown (Friendsville, TN) and Amy Brock (Knoxville, TN) as The Witch, Brady Moldrup (Knoxville, TN) as Cinderella's Prince, Lydia Harrison (Maryville, TN) as Rapunzel, Jeremy Joiner (Knoxville, TN) as Rapunzel's Prince, Andrew Dennis as The Steward, Christopher Wertz (Maryville, TN) as The Mysterious Man, Kathryn Paden (Knoxville, TN) as Jack's Mother, Laura Petric (Knoxville, TN) as Cinderella's Mother, Rachel Mills (Maryville, TN) as Granny, Victoria Goodlin (Knoxville, TN) as Cinderella's Stepmother, Gary Cooper (Maryville, TN) as Cinderella's Father, Lisa Howard (Knoxville, TN) as Lucinda, Jordan Graham (Powell, TN) as Florinda, Larry Kiser (Maryville, TN) as The Troll, Annie Rader (Maryville, TN) as Snow White, Elena Overstreet (Maryville, TN) as Sleeping Beauty, Therese Cleary (Maryville, TN), Natalie Duncan (Knoxville, TN), Tori Smith (Maryville, TN) and Ava Richardson (Maryville, TN) as the Narrators.


The show is directed by Libby Pemberton and choreographed by Kyle Knight with Vocal Direction by CoraLee Rutherford and Orchestra Direction by Braxton Kiser. The rest of the creative team includes set design by Casey Davis, scenic art by Brittany Reggio, costume design by Beth Maples, stage management by Rebekah Word, sound design by Rob Frazier, properties by Jade Hurst, and lighting design by Alan Reihl.


Evening performances are Friday and Saturday, August 7 and 8, at 7:30 p.m., and matinee performances are Saturday and Sunday, August 8 and 9, at 2 p.m. The Clayton Center for the Arts is located at 502 E. Lamar Alexander Pkwy., in Maryville, TN.


Tickets are $15 for all performances ($10 for groups of ten or more) and are available at the Clayton Center box office at 865-981-8590 or for purchase online at for an additional service fee.  The play contains some adult themes and, thus, parental guidance is suggested.


The Foothills Community Players' 8th season will start with the hilarious comedy "A Little Murder Never Hurt Anybody" in October.


About Foothills Community Players


Founded in 2008, Foothills Community furnishes an outlet for the creative talents of its volunteers. FCP offers the opportunity for individuals, with or without formal theatrical backgrounds, to get involved in all areas of theatrical production whether onstage or behind the scenes. The work of FCP is carried out by volunteers from the Blount County area making it a true community theatre group. FCP's operating expenses are funded through box office ticket sales, season ticket sales, grant and personal donations, and fundraising activities. For more information about upcoming shows and how to donate time and money in support of the arts, visit Donations are tax-deductible to this 501(c)(3) organization.


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The forests are not always what they seem in Stephen Sondheim's spellbinding, romantic, and brilliant INTO THE WOODS. In this story, you will see many of the fairy tale characters that you have grown to love come to life in one epic story. These characters include Cinderella, her Prince, her wicked Stepmother and Stepsisters, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack (and his beanstalk), Rapunzel, and her Prince. All of these tales are woven together by an original story that involves a Baker and his Wife and their wish to begin a family sets off a series of twisted events within the confines of the dark woods. Weaving everyone's favorite fairy tales together, this delightful, dark, and witty musical asks: What happens AFTER happily ever after?


August 7, 8 and 9, 2015



Friday 7:30 p.m., Saturday 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Sunday 2:00 p.m.


WHERE: Clayton Center for the Arts

502 East Lamar Alexander Pkwy., Maryville, TN, 37804



For tickets ($15 or $10 for groups of ten or more) or more information, the public may contact the Clayton Center for the Arts box office at 865-981-8590 or