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Eastern Sierra News for July 20, 2024





Press release

The curtain is set to rise on the Playhouse 395 production of Into the Woods, Stephen Sondheim’s Grammy Award winning fairytale musical. Starting Friday March 2 and running the first three weekends in March at the Bishop Union High School Auditorium, Into the Woods is sure to delight all who come to see the show.

Amy Hemler, Jesse Steele and Jennifer Velaquez rehearsing

Into the Woods is not as well-known as most of the musicals that Playhouse 395 has presented such as Hello Dolly, Chicago or Mary Poppins, which will provide an element of surprise to theater-goers unfamiliar with this story of intertwining fairytales, heart-felt wishes, and the power of the human spirit.

Today in Bishop, actors are polishing their solos and choral numbers, the orchestra is fine-tuning their accompaniment, and final touches are being made to one of the finest sets Playhouse has yet to create. The magical woodland setting will help transport theater-goers into the heart of the fairytale story, where the cast of familiar fairytale characters and woodland animals, bedecked in fabulously original costumes, will perform the enchanting and complex score of Into the Woods.

Susan Kunze and Laura Whiteside rehearsing

Many themes are explored throughout the play, always reminding audiences that ‘Anything can Happen in the Woods.’ In Act I we watch the main characters desperately searching for a cape as red as blood, a slipper as pure as gold, hair as yellow as corn and a cow as white as milk. These desired items and other heartfelt wishes are successfully fulfilled by the end of the Act, only to have Act II fully explore the theme of ‘Be Careful What You Wish For.’ One of the most moving and memorable of songs, ‘No One is Alone”, serves to remind us that we are not alone in this unstable world, and there is always a glimmer of hope.

Tickets for Into the Woods, can be purchased from Brown Paper Tickets. They can be reached at or 24/7 over the phone at 1-800-838-3006. Tickets can also be purchased locally in Bishop at two Playhouse partner locations:

  • The Bishop Chamber of Commerce at 690 North Main Street. General Admission tickets only. Monday – Friday 10-5 and Saturday 10-4.
  • Inyo Council for the Arts at 137 South Main Street. Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 11-2. General Admission and Premium Reserved Seats.

Tickets can also be purchased at the Theater Box Office at the high school starting one hour before the start of the show, unless it is sold out. The play Into the Woods is rated PG-13 by Musical Theater International, as there are some adult themes in the play.

Cast of Into the Woods at their first dress rehearsal

Show Dates and Times are:

  • March 2, 3 at 7pm
  • March 4 at 2pm
  • March 9, 10 at 7pm
  • March 11 at 2pm
  • March 16 at 7pm
  • March 17 at 2pm and 7pm

For any questions please call Playhouse 395 at 760-920-9100 or visit our website at

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