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Latest production promises a fun, interactive musical for the whole family

PMG PHOTO: ANGEL ROSAS  - Eastside Theater Company is back with its latest production of  "Into the Wood, Jr."After a stellar response from its production of "Law & Order: Nursery Rhyme Unit" the Eastside Theater Company is back with its latest production, "Into the Woods, Jr."

"Into the Woods, Jr." is a retelling of famous classic fairy tales like Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood and many others.

The theater will put on eight performances with tickets costing $15 for adults and $10 for children and seniors. Tickets can be purchased online.

Performances will be hosted at the Springwater Church, 3445 S.E. Hillyard Road, Gresham, on the following dates:

  • 7 p.m. on Friday, June 3
  • 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturday, June 4
  • 4 p.m. Sunday, June 5
  • 7 p.m. Friday, June 10
  • 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, June 11
  • 4 p.m. Sunday, June 12
  • The Eastside Theater Company is a nonprofit that has been sharing the art of theater with children of East County since 1998.

    After a nearly two-year pandemic-induced pause, Alan Cohen, president of Eastside Theater Company, said that the nonprofit's return to live theater has been an amazing experience.

    "(Our last show) was a great comeback to theater, and I could tell people were really excited to be back for sure," Cohen said about the theater's first show out of the pandemic. "It went by super (smoothly), and I couldn't have asked for a better show."

    The excitement of returning was also seen in the young actors who rushed at the opportunity to bring the fairy tale world of "Into the Woods, Jr." to life. "We ended up having almost everyone from our first show audition for this one," Cohen said. "We have a cast of about 45, which is almost twice the size of our last show."

    Because of the play's promising director, Abby Bender, the elaborate sets and the fun tone of the play, Cohen has high hopes for the theater's latest show.

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