GVT presents Into the Woods

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Tommy Schoffler, who will be portraying the Baker in GVT’s 2019 production of Into the Woods (Photo courtesy Greenbrier Valley Theatre)

Greenbrier Valley Theatre (GVT), the state professional theatre of West Virginia, is delighted to announce the performance of the enchanting musical Into the Woods.

This twist on “happily-ever-after” runs June 21 and 22 at 7:30 p.m., June 26-29 at 7:30 p.m., and July 3, 5, and 6 at 7:30 p.m. There will be a matinee performance June 22 at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $30 for general adult admission, $27 for seniors (60+) and $20 for children/students. For more information, call the GVT Box Office at 304-645-3838 or visit www.gvtheatre.org.

A retelling of your favorite fairytales; a baker and his wife who can’t have a child, Cinderella in search of her Prince Charming, Jack who just wants his cow to give milk and a few other enchanting classics. Everyone is granted their wish but no one is ready for the consequences.

An educator and well-established actor, Tommy Schoffler brings his particular brand of talent and enthusiasm back to our stage as the Baker in GVT’s 2019 production of Into the Woods. The West Virginia native made his GVT debut in Route 66 in 2008 and has been a regular guest since.

Originally from Harrison County, Schoffler began acting at a young age, but only got serious in college in order to avoid law school. Since then, he has considered theatre, and the arts, extremely important.

“Attending a concert, going to a gallery opening or watching a play are ways we can witness creative work and experience true emotional connection with artists and with one another,” the actor said.

Schoffler turned his passion for acting and the arts into a career as Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Theatre & Dance at WV Wesleyan College.

The educator and actor has taken his distinguished career as both teacher and actor all over the country. Some other favorite productions of his are Smee in Peter and the Starcatcher, Jinx in Forever Plaid and Touchstone in As You Like It.

Excited to return to GVT, he is grateful for the opportunity to perform in Into the Woods, a show he found so inspiring as a youth that he used a song from the show as an audition piece through his early acting years.

Alongside Schoffler is a whole host of community actors, including some teens who have been involved in GVT’s Education Program for many years. Lillie King, Shaylen Lafferty and Emarya Montgomery were all seen in GVT’s Spring Musical Disney’s Alice in Wonderland Jr. as well as a number of GVT’s mainstage productions and have been students in the GVTeen Conservatory class. Like Schoffler, these young thespians are excited at the opportunity to perform in such an acclaimed musical.

The program is presented with financial assistance from the WV Division of Arts, Culture & History, and the National Endowment for the Arts, with approval from the WV Commission on the Arts.