Shakespeare in the Park

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SVCC Theatre, Woodlawn Arts Academy, and Sterling Centennial Auditorium

proudly present the musical

Into the Woods

in the woods at Hoover Park

July 8 - 12 @ 7 PM

If it rains, the show will be performed inside Woodlawn Arts Academy!
Check the SVCC Facebook page for information regarding rain and location.

Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim

Book by James Lapine

Originally Directed on Broadway by James Lapine

Orchestrations by Jonathan Tunick

Special thank you to our title sponsor: Savant Capital Management

“The cow as white as milk, the cape as red as blood, the hair as yellow as corn, the slipper as pure as gold.”

We know the classic stories: an adventure that begins with a shoe or a beanstalk, some crazy hair or a cape. While Into the Woods tells the story of these beloved fairy tale characters, what we know may not be the whole story. Cinderella, Jack and the Beanstalk, Rapunzel, and Little Red Riding Hood collide with a new fairy tale about a Baker and his wife in a musical that explores the true meaning of happily ever after.  These characters must face their deepest fears as they fight their way through the woods. When witches, wolves, and giants are not the worst things to be encountered, sometimes we must be careful what we wish for and sometimes we must dare to wish again. “Witches can be right, giants can be good” and the classic stories we tell may contain lessons we never realized before.

Note for parents:
This production is suitable for ages 10 and up; however, parents are encouraged to use their own
discretion as they know their children’s sensitivities and maturity levels best.
The first act is lighter in tone than the second. The show contains some mature content.


Shakespeare In the Park

This summer Shakespeare in the Park broadens its horizons with the presentation of the musical Into the Woods. While Shakespeare will always be the heart of this summer event, our hope is to include other classic works into our repertoire as we strive to provide the Sauk Valley area with quality, entertaining, and culturally enriching theatrical experiences.

Join us as we celebrate the anniversaries of 3 organizations that have created educational opportunities and theatre experiences for the Sauk Valley area:

Sauk Valley Community College celebrates 50 years
The Sterling Schools Foundation celebrates 25 years
Woodlawn Arts Academy celebrates 10 years

Thank you to our local sponsors!

The King's Men:

Arthur's Garden Deli
Wilco Rental

The Queen's Men:

Airplay Sports & Espresso
Select Employees
Woodhaven Associates

The Lord Chamberlain's Men:

River Ridge Animal Hospital
Sterling Federal Bank
State Farm: Hammitt Insurance Agency, Inc




Dylan Hinrichs

Baker’s Wife

Monique Elmendorf


Rachel Pashon


Evan Lobdell

Little Red

Meghan Clodfelter

The Witch

Sarah Baxter

The Narrator

Mavrik McMeekan

Cinderella’s Prince

Steven Whitney

Jack’s Mother

Emily Sheaffer


Katlyn Bay

Mysterious Man

Jay Pauley

Cinderella’s Stepmother

Suzie Branch


Abby Langner


Calista Kern-Lyons

Rapunzel’s Prince

Kevin Tumelson

The Wolf

Molly Pashon


Hunter Wolfe

Little Red’s Granny

Mardi Huffstetler

Cinderella’s Mother

Samantha O’Keefe

Cinderella’s Father

Ed Davis

Milky White

Maddie Kull


Annie Etchison

Mackenzie Davis

Joey Janke

Production Team


Music Director

Costume Designers

Set Designer

Prop Designer/Set Dresser

Sound and Lighting Engineer

Stage Manager

Anna K. Kurtz

Kevin O’Keefe

Faith Morrison and Ashley Frye

Chuck Price

Kaitlin Haley

Ian Wankerl

Zachary Lawson

Shakespearience camp:

Join us July 10 for Shakespearience! A special presentation of Shakespeare scenes from local youth talent. The scenes will be developed in two week camps and will be performed on the Shakespeare in the Park stage at 6 PM. Contact Woodlawn Arts Academy to register or contact anna.k.kurtz@svcc.edu for more information.



Wednesday, July 8, 2015
7:00 PM
Woodlawn Arts Academy back lawn- Hoover Park
Thursday, July 9, 2015
7:00 PM
Woodlawn Arts Academy back lawn- Hoover Park
Friday, July 10, 2015
7:00 PM
Woodlawn Arts Academy back lawn- Hoover Park
Saturday, July 11, 2015
7:00 PM
Woodlawn Arts Academy back lawn- Hoover Park
Sunday, July 12, 2015
7:00 PM
Woodlawn Arts Academy back lawn- Hoover Park


Tickets for the Shakespeare in the Park are FREE! Chairs are not available. Audiences are encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs. Audiences may also bring food and drinks including adult beverages. Please check the SVCC Facebook page or this web page for possible rain changes. In the event of rain, the show will be performed inside Woodlawn Arts Academy!


Sauk Valley Theatre Alliance is a cooperative agreement among Sauk Valley Community College, Woodlawn Arts Academy, and Sterling Public Schools (Centennial Auditorium).

  • Woodlawn Arts Academy Theatre
  • Sterling High School Theatre