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Into the Woods

Wellington, NZ

Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim

Book by James Lapine

27 April — 6 May, 2023 
Preview Performance 26 April

Te Auaha, 65 Dixon Street Wellington.

Journey into the woods for a contemporary and wildly imaginative new telling of this timeless musical tale, filled with wicked hilarity and giant heart, coming to Wellington this April.


Into the Woods features the remarkable Stephen Sondheim’s Tony Award-winning score; a veritable treasure trove of metaphor, wordplay, and breathtaking insights into the ecstasy and anguish of holding onto hope in times of darkness and uncertainty. Packed with whimsical characters and enchanting theatrical magic, James Lapine's Brothers Grimm-inspired story is a hilariously charming romp that blossoms into a captivating fable of personal growth and community, reminding us that "no one is alone."
To fulfill their deepest wish, a Baker and his Wife must first reverse a curse placed on them by a mysterious Witch living next door. The pair journey into the woods to locate four magical ingredients, and along the way meet Cinderella, Little Red, Jack, and Rapunzel, each pursuing a wish of their own. Through surprising twists and astounding encounters, these fairy-tale characters discover the true power of wishes, and what really happens after ‘happily ever after’. 

Experience a spellbinding new fairytale world where all who step foot into the woods will come face-to-face with their wildest desires and deepest fears. 


Don't wait another midnight! 
Book your tickets to Into the Woods today.

"WITCH Music Theatre consistently delivers […] We have such talent and vision at our fingertips in Wellington. A further testament to how top quality musical theatre can be produced on a smaller scale, with no less impact at Te Auaha's Tapere Nui Theatre than the Opera House"


Georgia Jamieson Emms, Theatreview


The Witch Greer Perenara

The Baker William Duignan

The Baker’s Wife Áine Gallagher

Little Red Riding Hood Aria Leader-Fiamatai

Jack Tara Canton

Cinderella Gayle Hammersley

Cinderella’s Prince/Wolf Jackson Burling

Rapunzel’s Prince (u.s.. Narrator/Mysterious Man) Glenn Horsfall

Rapunzel (u.s.Cinderella) Emily Yeap

Narrator/Mysterious Man Kevin Orlando

Jack’s Mother/Granny Paula Gardyne

Cinderella’s Stepmother/Mother Joanne Lisik

Lucinda (u.s. The Baker's Wife) Aimée Sullivan

Florinda (u.s. The WItch) Mia Alonso-Green

Steward (u.s. Cinderella's Prince/Wolf) Ed Blunden

Milky White/Giant Felicity Cozens

Swing (Little Red Riding Hood, Lucinda, Florida) Tessa Deacle

Swing (Jack, Rapunzel’s Prince) Ollie Smyth

Images © Bentley Stevenson | Model: Karli Holdren

Special thanks to Aimée Sullivan and Grouse Lighting Aotearoa


Director Nick Lerew 

Music Directors Hayden Taylor & Maya Handa Naff

Choreographer  Greta Casey-Solly

Production & Lighting Designer Joshua Tucker

Creative Producer Ben Emerson

Costume Designers Nadia Newman & Emma Stevens
Sound Design Patrick Barnes
Set Design Scott Maxim

Stage Manager Anna Barker

Assistant Stage Manager Ace Dalziel

Mechanists Sam Kesala & Mila Te Whare-Manson

Sound Operator Kase Walker

Sound Assistant Tash McMillan

Sound 2  Bella Armstrong

Costume Assistant Emily Brown

Front of House Charlette Potts

Props Charlette Potts & Scott Maxim

Photography Bentley Stevenson & Maeve O'Connell

Presented by WITCH Music Theatre

WITCH Charitable Trust Joshua Tucker,

Ben Emerson, Patrick Jennings, Briar Franks, Charlette Potts

Into the Woods _ Production Photo _ WITCH Music Theatre _ Maeve O'Connell Photography 2023
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Piano/Conductor Hayden Taylor

Flute/Piccolo Megan Brownlie

Clarinet Patrick Hayes

Trumpet Brendan Agnew

Percussion Hannah Neman

Violin Shanita Sungsuwan

Viola James Mills-Workman

Cello Keith Moss

Double Bass Rachael Hinds


Crew Nathan Lawson,

Patrick Barnes, Joshua Tucker,

Logan Lockyer, Scott Maxim,

Bella Armstrong, Ace Dalziel,

Anna Barker, Sam Kesala

Lighting Programmer Jacob Banks

Dressers Jen Pearce, Emily Brown, Nadia Newman, Lynda Taylor

Intimacy Assist Aimée Sullivan

Swing Operator Patrick Barnes

Swing Stage Crew Scott Maxim

Venue Technician Michael Trigg

Te Auaha Venues Team Will Harris,

Lauren Fergusson, Claire McGoff,

Olivia Kirikiri, Nell WilliamsJames Kearney


 Te Auaha, 65 Dixon Street,


Thur 27 April – Sat 6 May  

(Preview) Wed 26 April 

Running Time:  2 Hours 30 Minutes

Interval: 20 Minutes

Into the Woods Is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.

“Careful the tale you tell,

that is the spell.”

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