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The Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College theatre experience program will present the famous Sondheim musical, “Into the Woods,” in the Fine Arts Center May 4-6.

“Into the Woods” is the Tony Award-winning mashup of The Brothers Grimm stories in one epic fairytale about wishes, family and the choices we make.

James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim take everyone’s favorite storybook characters and bring them together for a timeless yet relevant piece that is both enchanting and touching.

“Into the Woods” is a musically sophisticated show featuring talented performers from Oklahoma and Missouri, including 1989 NEO alum Kristie Harris who will play The Giantess alongside her three children cast in separate roles.

“Into the Woods” cast and crew:

Narrator – Sam Whitehill

The Baker – Conner King

The Baker’s Wife – Ruth Nickles

The Witch – Goldie Snow

Jack – Isaiah Nickles

Jack’s Mother – Mackenzie Stackle

Little Red Ridinghood – Olivia Harris

Cinderella – Anna Beth Trueblood

Cinderella’s Prince – Kaleb Jinks

Cinderella’s Mother – Annamaria Thomas

Cinderella’s Stepmother – Tessa Tyler

Florinda – Hailey Davidson

Lucinda – Madelyn Hilburn

Rapunzel – Adeline Ragsdale

Rapunzel’s Prince – William Imhoff

Wolf – Ty Cahoon

Granny – Sophie Harris

The Giantess – Kristie Harris

Steward – Michael Harris

Lightboard – Jacob Sanda

Stage Manager – Radar Bishop

Choreography – Myah Cearley

Wardrobe, Hair & Makeup – Rachel Sanda

Vocal & Music Director – Dustin Warner

Second Director – Jennifer Smith

First Director – Aaron Smith

NEO Theatre has gradually improved the Fine Arts Center’s technical capabilities while training students in methods of professional live theatre production. The facility has a new house control booth and sound and lighting equipment built and installed by students, alumni, and community volunteers.

“NEO Theatre provides a creative space where people can grow,” said Aaron Smith, NEO Theatre coordinator and show director. “We love theatre. We love performing and making it all work. Everyone contributes to the creative process. Everyone learns new information and develops new skills.”

NEO Theatre is a co-curricular, non-degree program available to students of any major. Scholarships are open for the 2023-2024 year.

“Into the Woods” performances are in the NEO Fine Arts Center May 4-6, 2023, at 7:30 p.m., with a matinee performance Saturday, May 6 at 12:30 p.m.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for teens. Admission is free for NEO students, employees, and Presidential Partners.

For more information, contact NEO Theatre coordinator Aaron Smith at aaron.k.smith@neo.edu or 918-540-6181.


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