“Into the Woods”

Nov. 12-15
Broad Ripple High School

’Tis the season for high school musicals, but this
isn’t exactly that. Let me explain.

Butler University’s Lyric Theatre wanted to stage Stephen Sondheim’s
“Into the Woods,” (which deals with big issues of responsibility, guilt, infidelity, faith and retribution, all
in the guise of a fairy-tale mash-up). With thoughts of a creative collaboration, Artistic Director Nancy Davis Booth decided
to take the show to Broad Ripple High School. The arrangement: Butler students will perform for all of the shows except the
Saturday matinee, when they will turn the stage over to the high schoolers. Meanwhile, the Broad Ripple teens will earn valuable
experience taking care of lighting and backstage crew work.

The upside? Students at IPS’ arts magnet school
get a taste of college-level work, the Butler students get increased resources (and a larger potential audience), and ticket-buyers,
we hope, get a strong production of an outstanding musical. For details, click here.

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