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Posted: March 24, 2010 12:01 a.m.

Social Circle Theatre presents "Into the Woods"

"Into the Woods" is our fifth play at the Social Circle Theatre," director of the Christian Youth Performers Angelia Bacon said as rehearsals wind down for the performances of the play, March 26-27. "We have twenty-three home schoolers in this production who auditioned last November and have been rehearsing for the past fifteen weeks."

She and her husband Brad founded Christian Youth Performers to teach the home schoolers of the area about the arts. Bacon grew up in Americus, mainly a dancer in her youth. She graduated from Georgia Southern University as an English major. "My interest in the theater was a natural and I gravitated to directing," she said. Her husband is music and sound director.

"Into the Woods" appeals to all ages according to Mrs. Bacon. "Children enjoy the storybook characters, the music, the colorful costumes, adults see beneath the obvious and learn lessons about life from the experiences of the characters. It is really a musical written for people who love musicals and the theater." 

Mrs. Bacon explains, "Cinderella does get her Prince, but it is not the expected familiar fairy tale ending for her." Cinderella is played by Cami Mahley. Taylor Briggs, graduating in May, who plays the "Witch" was the inspiration for choosing "Into the Woods." Angelia says Taylor is a gifted singer who hopes to attend college and pursue a degree in theater. Her singing ability is needed for the powerful ballads in the play.

Seth Daniel and Mary Kuhn portray the Baker and his Wife who live in a house cursed by the Witch next door, and they are forced to go "Into the Woods"  leaving the safety of their home to try and achieve their goals.

 The Bacon’s children are also cast. Devin plays Jack in the Beanstalk and their daughter, Dylan, plays Little Red Riding Hood.

  "Our school is not limited to home schoolers; any students interested in learning all the aspects of theater are encouraged to attend. Students must pay tuition, production and costume fees, but they all get an opportunity to be in plays and bring out their potential." Bacon suggests interested students and parents read about their organization online at www.christianyouthperformers.com. 

  "Into the Woods" is at the Social Circle Theater, this Friday and Saturday night, March 26-27, at 6 p.m. Tickets prices are $8 for adults, $5 for students and seniors, 3 years and younger are free. Tickets can be purchased at the door or by calling (770) 385-5928.

  Take I-20 to exit 98, Social Circle. At the stoplight in Social Circle, turn right onto Hightower Trail and drive .8 mile. At a dead end sign with the railroad tracks on your right, the paved road will end and a gravel road begin. The theater is on the left. For any directions, call (770) 464-2269.     

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