Into the Woods takes the stage

Fairy tales collide and become a whole new storyline this weekend in Bellevue.
Lori Demres
Jul 9, 2013

Once upon a time in a land not far away, Bellevue, many fairy tale persons gathered thinking they would relive the same old tale but with Stephen Sondheim as the composer and lyricist and James Lapine as playwright of Into the Woods.

Just don’t bet on happily ever after.


WHAT: Into the Woods
WHEN: July 12, 13, 19, 20, 2013 at 7:30 p.m. and July 14 at 2:30 p.m.
WHERE: Bellevue Society for the Arts, 205 Maple Street, Bellevue
COST: $10.00 adults 18 years and over; $8.00 seniors 60 and over; $6 students K-12

As with most fairy tales there is still a moral to the story, one that cautions everyone to be careful what you wish for and make sure it’s what you really want.

“There’s a dark element,” says director Jim Jarrell, “and we recommend parental discretion. I’ve directed it once and I’ve been in it once, so it’s personal for me,” said Jarrell.

A man of many talents, beside directing and acting, he is the musical director and even tried his hand at creating the choreography for the show.

“It’s a fantastic facility and a wonderful cast and there are so many who are helping out,” said Jarrell.

There are 17 in the cast with the youngest being 13. About half of the cast is from Fremont and Bellevue and the rest are from Sandusky and Port Clinton.

A Sandusky actress, Kate Nichols, is reprising the role of Cinderella she played as a child.

“It was the second show I did with Harlequins Kid Kompany almost 15 years ago and it was my first lead role,” said Nichols.

She goes back and forth a few times from poor Cinderella to Cinderella in the ball gown and loves that challenge.

“Cinderella is such a fun part to play. I love the ball gown, and the slippers and the crown… it’s like being six years old with my sister and getting to play dress up again out of mom’s closet,” elaborated Nichols.

“It’s one of those shows you have to come to with an open mind and let yourself go on a journey – it might not go in the direction you think but you will go on a great adventure,” said Jarrell.

Into the Woods is also currently in production and will be coming out as a movie in 2014 starring Johnny Depp, Jake Gyllenhaal, Meryl Streep, and Christine Baranski among others.