Everyone’s favorite fairy tales come to life when Stars Over VEISHEA, in collaboration with the ISU Department of Music and Theatre, presents Stephen Sondheim’s musical masterpiece "Into the Woods" April 4-13 in Fisher Theater

"Into the Woods" is a timeless and relevant epic tale of witches, wolves and magic beans where worlds collide, passions erupt, and morals endure. The show opened on Broadway in 1987, claiming multiple Tony and Drama Desk awards. It has dazzled audiences all over the world for nearly 30 years. The film version, starring Johnny Depp and Meryl Streep, will open on Christmas Day 2014.

Based on the well-known fairy tales of the Brother’s Grimm, "Into the Woods" leads the audience on a fantastical journey. The story follows a Baker and his wife, who wish to have a child; Cinderella, who wishes to attend the King’s Festival and Jack, who wishes his cow would give milk. When the Baker and his wife learn the Witch next door has cursed them with childlessness, they embark on a quest for the special objects required to break the spell. Along the way they meet Jack, Cinderella, Little Red, the Wolf, Rapunzel, Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, Jack’s Giant and a menagerie of fairytale favorites. Everyone’s wish is granted, but the consequences of their actions return to haunt them later with disastrous results.

Morals are abundant as the fairy tales become increasingly more like reality. The mysterious, occasionally dark, nature of the musical provides new meaning to the phrase "be careful what you wish for." Celebrating the importance of honesty, community, friendship, parenting and family, the story ultimately gets to the root of what it means to be human. In the end, "Into the Woods’" hopeful message combines with the unique and beautiful music to create a magical theatrical experience.

Stars Over VEISHEA’s production of "Into the Woods" opens Friday, April 4, at 7:30 p.m. in Fisher Theatre at the ISU Center. Other performance dates are April 5, 11, 12 at 7:30 p.m. and April 6 and 13 at 2 p.m.

Tickets are priced at $24 for adults and $16 for students. Tickets can be purchased through any TicketMaster, the Iowa State Center Ticket Office in Ames or at the door before performances. Advance purchase is strongly suggested.