Into the Woods musical on Olivet stage in February

Olivet’s School of Music and Department of Communication present this award-winning Broadway musical.

February 5, 2018 Arts & Music

Olivet Nazarene University’s production of “Into the Woods” features freshman Noah Campbell-White as the Narrator and student actors in the roles of Cinderella, Jack, Little Red Ridinghood, Rapunzel, Snow White, Sleeping Beauty and other fairy tale characters. Olivet’s University Orchestra performs the musical score.

Show times are Thursday, February 22, at 7 p.m.; Friday, February 23, at 7 p.m.; Saturday, February 24, at 2 and 7 p.m. All shows are on stage in Kresge Auditorium in Larsen Fine Arts Center on Olivet’s campus. Jerry Cohagan, theatre professor, directs with Dr. Neal Woodruff, music professor, as musical director and conductor; and Case Koerner as choreographer.

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“Into the Woods” is a modern twist on the beloved Brothers Grimm fairy tales in a musical format that follows the classic tales of Cinderella, Little Red Ridinghood, Jack and the Beanstalk, and Rapunzel — all tied together by an original story involving a baker and his wife, their wish to begin a family and their interaction with the witch who has put a curse on them.

Starring in this production are:

Noah Campbell-White, a freshman majoring in musical performance, as the Narrator

Emily Yantes, a junior majoring in music, as Cinderella

Ryan Woodruff, a junior majoring in music education, as Jack

McKayla Zorn, a freshman majoring in communication studies, as Little Red Ridinghood

Grace Higgins, a senior majoring international business, as Rapunzel

Helen Berdebes, a senior majoring in public relations and strategic communication, as the Witch

Hannah Ahrens, a sophomore majoring in Christian education, as the Baker’s wife

Jackson Thornhill, a sophomore majoring in communication studies, as the Baker

Alyssa Wolfe, a freshman majoring in child development, as Jack’s Mother

Admission is $15 for adults and $10 for students and senior adults over age 65. Tickets are available online at For more information, call 815-939-5110 or email

To learn more about Olivet’s theatre and music programs, contact the Office of Admissions at or 800-648-1463.


Published: 2/5/18

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