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Jun 27

“Into the Woods,” and “The Addams Family” take The Theatre in The Park stage in July

Posted on June 27, 2018 at 10:21 AM by Becky Burnside

See what happens with plots and characters from several familiar fairy tales come together in a story involving a baker and his wife, and revisit the quirky clan of Gomez and Morticia Addams during July outdoor musical productions at The Theatre in the Park. In addition, in late July, participants in TTIP’s Summer Academy will present two performances at The Black Box Theatre inside the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center. 

“Into the Woods,” which is Rated PG, will be on the outdoor stage in Shawnee Mission Park on July 6 through 8, and July 11 through 14. With music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, this show intertwines the plots of several fairy tales, including characters from "Little Red Riding Hood," "Jack and the Beanstalk," "Rapunzel," "Cinderella," and others. The musical is tied together by a story involving a childless baker and his wife and their quest to begin a family, their interaction with a witch who has placed a curse on them, and their encounters with other storybook characters during their journey.

Based on the writings of cartoonist Charles Addams and the live action television show from the 1960s, the musical production of “The Addams Familyis Rated PG, and will be on the TTIP outdoor stage on July 20 through 22, and 25 through 28. The musical features an original story, and it’s every father’s nightmare. Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family, a man her parents have never met. Everything will change for the whole family on the fateful night they host a dinner for Wednesday’s ‘normal’ boyfriend and his parents.

The TTIP Summer Academy indoor production of Roald Dahl’s “James and the Giant Peach Jr.,” which is Rated G, will be presented by performers in grades five through 12 on July 27 and 28. The public performances will be the culmination of a three-week camp program. For more information about Theatre Academy and show tickets, visit the theater’s website.

For outdoor productions, gates open at 7 p.m., and shows begin at 8:30 p.m.  General admission is $8 plus tax, $6 plus tax for youth ages four to ten, and free for children three and under, but tickets are still required. Tickets can be purchased at the box office or online. “Anytime tickets” available via either ticket-buying method, are not specific to a certain night or performance, and can be printed out at home and scanned at the gate. 
 
Continuing in 2018 is Thrifty Thursdays whereby a 20 percent discount is offered on Thursday night performances. This makes adult tickets $6.40 and children’s tickets $4.80, plus tax. The discounted tickets must be purchased at the box office for the specific show.

Movies in the Park, through which participants can see popular films on a 40-foot screen on the TTIP stage for only $1 per person at the gate, is also continuing during July. Films are shown on selected Tuesday nights when musical productions are not scheduled.  July Movies in the Park presentations are “Despicable Me3” on July 10, and the original “The Land Before Time” on July 24. The final movie presentation of the summer will be Disney’s© “Coco” on Aug. 7. All three of these films are rated PG.

Note that the theater’s usual rain-out policy does not apply to movie nights. Due to licensing restrictions, if a movie has to be cancelled due to inclement weather, no refunds will be issued and no tickets will be revalidated. On movie nights, gates open at 7:30 p.m., and movies start between 8:30 and 8:45 depending on sunset.

The final Broadway-style musical of the 2018 outdoor season will be Disney's©
“High School Musical 1 & 2 (one act versions on stage!), which is rated G, on Aug. 3 through 5 and 8 through 11. Much more information about the theater and this year’s productions is available at The Theatre in the Park’s website.

This year’s outdoor season, the Movies in the Park presentations, and Summer Academies are sponsored by Shawnee Mission Health and First National Bank. Sponsorships for specific shows are still available, and you can learn more by calling Kate Buenger (913) 826-3016 or at kate.buenger@jocogov.org. 

The Theatre in the Park is located north of the main entrance to Shawnee Mission Park at 7710 Renner Road in Shawnee. The Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center is located at 8788 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park.