There's a new theater group in Jordan-Elbridge

The Jordan-Elbridge Community Theatre, a newly formed theater group sponsored by the town of Elbridge Recreation Department, will present its inaugural musical, Sondheim and Lapine's Tony award-winning fairy tale, "Into the Woods," at 7:30 p.m. on Friday Aug. 17 and Saturday Aug 18.

"We decided upon this musical, because we knew that we had many Jordan-Elbridge alumni who were very talented. 'Into The Woods' is mostly song with small scenes between each of the musical numbers," Production Coordinator Sara Hunter said. "Additionally, there are over ten main roles which provides an opportunity to showcase as many talented people as we can with strong leading roles."

Sondheim's music is often described as challenging, yet gorgeous. However, the J-E theater group has many talented members who can handle the challenge of Sondheim's work.

"We are fortunate to have over eight cast members who have a strong educational background in music. In fact, there are four music teachers involved in our production," Hunter said.

As production coordinator Hunter has many responsibilities.

"I am involved in every organizational aspect of the production. I coordinate with the director and the production staff to be sure that every aspect of the production is taken care of. The director and I communicate by e-mail, phone and text message at least 10 times a day," Hunter said. "I could not do this job without the help of our wonderful director."

"Into the Woods" combines the well-known tales of "Cinderella," "Rapunzel," "Jack and the Beanstalk" and "Little Red Riding Hood" with an original story of a baker and his wife who desperately want children, but must remove a witch's curse standing in their way. As the characters work to live "happily ever after," they face consequences traditionally ignored in fairy tales.

This musical teaches a touching lesson about community responsibility and the importance of what we teach our children.

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