Family Friendly: Actors Training Center heads ‘Into the Woods’
The Actors Training Center is going back "Into the Woods." Julia Mates played beanstalk-climbing Jack in the 2010 staging of the Sondheim musical.
Updated: February 21, 2013 1:18PM
A cast of 16 teen actors will take audiences “Into the Woods” when the Actors Training Center of Wilmette Theatre presents act one of Stephen Sondheim’s masterpiece.
Director Janet Louer said it’s a great family show because, “The music is delightful and the story revolves around fairy tale characters living their stories live. They will see Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf, they will see Cinderella and her stepmother and stepsisters. And they will see Jack and the beanstalk, and the Baker and his wife.”
The fairy tales are intertwined in unexpected ways. In one instance two lovesick men, Cinderella’s Prince and Rapunzel’s Prince, sing a hilarious duet about their “Agony.”
Louer added that the musical, “should be subtitled happy ever after. That is what the audience will leave feeling.”
Performances are 10 a.m. Saturdays, Feb. 23, March 2 and March 9, and 7 p.m. Sunday, March 10 at 1122 Central Ave., Wilmette. Tickets are $15.
For details, call (847) 251-7424 or go to www.wilmettetheatre.com.
Kids will hold and even try out musical instruments following Anthony Ranieri’s performance of Music of the World, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 23 at Winnetka Public Library, 768 Oak St. This drop-in family program will be held in the Lloyd Room.
For details call (847) 446-7220 or go to www.winnetkalibrary.org.
A video game character who is labeled as a bad guy by his neighboring characters tries to change his wicked ways in “Wreck-It Ralph.” The computer-animated action comedy film will be screened from 2 to 3:40 p.m. and 7:30 to 9:10 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23 at Northbrook Public Library, 1201 Cedar Lane.
For details, call (847) 272-6224 or go to www.northbrook.info.
NIGHTIME IS THE RIGHT TIME
...to enjoy a Moonlit Ski with your children, ages 6 and older, at Heller Nature Center, 2821 Ridge Road, Highland Park. From 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 25, you’ll cross-country ski and then have a warm beverage and snack in the Nature Center. The fee of $12 for adults, $7 for children includes ski rental. Reservations are not required. The program will be canceled if there’s no snow.
For details, call (847) 433-6901 or go to www.pdhp.org.
Start Saturdays with a nourishing half-hour at Breakfast with Books, 10 to 10:30 a.m. Saturdays in March at Lake Forest Children’s Library, 360 E. Deerpath. Children ages 3-6, with a caregiver, will hear stories and have a breakfast snack.
For details, call (847) 234-0648 or go to www.lakeforestlibrary.org.