Be careful what you wish for! University Opera teams up with University Theatre to present Stephen Sondheim’s popular musical featuring a colorful cast of characters and one of his most memorable scores. In this story of interconnected fairy tales, familiar characters – including Cinderella, Jack and his beanstalk, Rapunzel, and Little Red Riding Hood – venture into the woods to fulfill their wishes. Half way through, it appears that everyone will live happily ever after – until the real consequences of the characters’ actions come back to haunt them. Ultimately, they find that they can indeed save themselves, but only after sacrifices are made and difficult lessons are learned.
This is a ticketed event. To avoid long lines, we suggest arriving 30 minutes early or buying tickets ahead of time, either in person or online.
General Public $32.00
UW-Madison Student $10.00
Other Student $15.00
UW-Madison Faculty/Staff/Seniors (62+) $25.00
Premium Seats $40.00
Meet our Cinderellas! We asked Miranda Kettlewell (performing in Friday evening and Saturday afternoon productions ) and Elisheva Pront (Thursday and Saturday evenings and Sunday afternoon) to describe how they feel about their roles.
Learning this role has been a pleasure as well as a challenge. Because I am used to singing opera, Sondheim is not so much vocally challenging as it is musically challenging. The vocal range is much lower than I am used to singing in and we will wear microphones. It has been great to work on dialogue and straight acting since I don’t normally get to in opera. It is also really nice to be singing in English because there isn’t a language barrier and I can connect to the words I’m singing/saying right away. Portraying Cinderella has been very interesting because not only is she a Disney princess, but a multidimensional person with baggage and childhood trauma. This is a heavy show to be emotionally invested in for all of the actors, but it is so fulfilling. The biggest reward of this show so far has been collaborating with the amazing and talented people in the theater department!
Some of the biggest challenges I faced were related to the musical style. I think that my classical technique has served me really well with this show, not only to help me get my desired tone, but also in learning the role itself. This music is really challenging. It requires impeccable rhythm and flexibility, as well as the ability to be lyrical and speech-like, sometimes within the same song. It makes it very satisfying at the end, though! Working on a show with so many technical aspects has also been really exciting, but quite new for me. I’ve really enjoyed developing my character and working with the cast and crew to create such a special production. I feel that this whole experience has taught me so much about how to be a better colleague, actress and musician.