Six shows to be presented over next two weekends


If you go

What: Into the Woods Jr.
Where: Leeds Center for the Arts
When: Feb. 25–27 and Mar. 4–6
Tickets: Eventbrite
COVID-19 pol­i­cy applies to this show.

Beginning next week­end, the mar­quee at Winchester’s Leeds Center for the Arts will again be lit up for a live production. 

“Into the Woods Jr.” is an adap­ta­tion of Stephen Sondheim’s and James Lapine’s Tony Award-win­ning musi­cal retelling of clas­sic Brothers Grimm fables. It’s an engag­ing and fun­ny musi­cal com­e­dy that twists famil­iar fairy tales into a brand new sto­ry, fea­tur­ing all of your favorite char­ac­ters — Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack (and his beanstalk), and the Witch. 

The musi­cal cen­ters on 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 that they can­not have a child because of a witch’s curse, the two set off on a jour­ney to break the curse, and wind up changed forever.

The cast of the pro­duc­tion includes the fol­low­ing young actors from all over Central Kentucky.

Baker — Drew Wyatt 
Baker’s Wife — Amari Gilkey 
Cinderella — Ella Cooper 
Cinderella’s Prince — Dylan Diguette 
Wolf — Jathan Briscoe 
Jack — David Lin 
Milky White — Carter Johnston 

Jack’s Mother — Grace Owen 
Witch — Addy Reed 
Little Red Ridinghood — CJ Wesley 
Rapunzel — Erin Cain 
Rapunzel’s Prince — Charlie Preston 
Narrator — Raegan McCormick
Mysterious Man — Trent Conboy — Holden

Stepmother — Mina James
Florinda — Sylvia Coogle
Lucinda — Sadie Hess
Granny — Kennedy Preston
Cinderella’s Mother — Caroline Brookshire
Cinderella’s Father — Phoenix Berryman
Steward — Shaniyah Brown

The Broadway pro­duc­tion on which Into the Woods Jr. is based won sev­er­al Tony Awards, includ­ing Best Score, Best Book, and Best Actress in a Musical.

Leeds will present six per­for­mances of Into the Woods Jr. over the two week­ends of February 25–27 and March 4–6. Friday and Saturday shows start at 7 p.m., while the Sunday mati­nees start at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are on sale now. 

Face masks and proof of vac­ci­na­tion or a neg­a­tive test result with­in 48 hours of the show are required for these shows, per Leeds COVID-19 policy. 

  • The cast of Into the Woods Jr. inside the historic Leeds Theater.
  • Phoenix Berryman, Caroline Brookshire, Shaniyah Brown, Jathan Briscoe, Trent Conboy-Holden, Sylvia Coogle, Erin Cain, Ella Cooper, Dylan Diguette, Amari Gilkey, Sadie Hess.
  • Mina James, David Lin, Carter Johnston, Charlie Preston, Raegan McCormick, Kennedy Preston, CJ Wesley, Addy Reed, Drew Wyatt, and Grace Owen
  • Ten Into the Woods cast members recently participated in all state choir programs.

  • Pete Koutoulas

    Pete is an IT pro­fes­sion­al work­ing in Lexington. Formerly of Campton, he and his wife have lived in Winchester since 2015. Pete is a for­mer week­ly news­pa­per pub­lish­er and for­mer colum­nist for the Winchester Sun. These days, when not work­ing he can often be found on his back porch read­ing or writ­ing, in the back­yard tend­ing to his toma­to plants, or put­ter­ing around in his garage or work­shop. Reach Pete at