Papillion-La Vista Community Theatre is taking a walk with some familiar characters this summer.

“Into the Woods” mingles Grimm’s Fairy Tales with other stories in a musical. It begins by focusing on four wishes: Cinderella’s desire to attend the king’s festival, Jack’s hope that his cow will give milk, a baker and his wife yearn for a child, and Little Red Riding Hood wants to take bread to her grandmother. As the show progresses, the tales are woven together in a compelling, surprising way.

The show premieres Friday and runs through July 20 at SumTur Amphitheatre in Papillion. Stephen Sondheim wrote the music and lyrics and James Lapine wrote the script for the show, which debuted in San Diego in 1986 and moved to Broadway in 1987. It won several Tony Awards, including best score, best book and best actress in a musical, all while competing with “The Phantom of the Opera.”

Performers in the show include Todd Brooks, Alyssa Hanish, River Fisher, Sherry Josand Fletcher, Grace Heldridge, Brian Priesman, Emma Johnson and Robyn Helwig, among many others. Suzanne Withem is the director.

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