HYT celebrates home with 'Into the Woods'
Heights Youth Theatre’s (HYT) production of “Into the Woods” will open on Friday, Oct. 20, and run through Sunday, Oct. 29, at Heights Middle School in University Heights.
The show is directed by Kelly Monaghan, with music direction by Stacy Bolton, and features 80 young actors, in grades 1–12, from Cleveland Heights, University Heights, Shaker Heights, and surrounding communities.
“I am thrilled to be back at HYT’s original ‘home’ directing my all-time favorite musical,” exclaimed Monaghan. “Stephen Sondheim's score is breathtaking, the blending of the Brothers Grimm fairy tales is so poignant and quite clever. But what I am most excited about is the unbelievable talent in these young actors. It has truly blown me away. They are all so gifted in their own unique ways and I am honored to be leading them to help tell this beautiful story.”
Performances will be presented in the Heights Middle School auditorium, 2181 Miramar Blvd., on Friday, Oct. 20 and 27, 7 p.m.; Saturday, Oct. 21 and 28, 2 p.m.; and Sunday, Oct. 22 and 29, 2 p.m.
Tickets are $10 general admission, and $9 for seniors and children younger than 6. The box office opens 45 minutes prior to each show. For more information, visit www.heightsyouththeatre.org, or call 216-410-7500.
Audiences attending an HYT performance are helping to support theater arts in the Heights. HYT has been offering kids year-round opportunities to hone their theatrical skills and entertain audiences for more than 64 years.
Founded in 1954, HYT produces three to four complete musicals per year, offering kids and families an unmatched opportunity to gain valuable experience in the theatrical arts. HYT’s goal is to make theater affordable and accessible to people of all incomes and backgrounds, in a nurturing environment that encourages social and emotional growth.
Pamela Fine is executive director of Heights Youth Theatre.