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Woodbury Community Theatre will be bringing a little music to the Black Box Theatre next month.

“A Little Night Music,” a musical by Stephen Sondheim, will open at 7 p.m. Friday, April 8.

“It’s always been one of my personal favorite shows,” said Cyndi Sturtz, the show’s director. “It’s a very mature, very adult musical with absolutely stunning music.”

“A Little Night Music,” which is set at the turn of the last century, interweaves a tangled web of former and current lovers among the upper crust elite of Sweden and features the Sondheim classic “Send in the Clowns.”

Esteemed lawyer Fredrik Egerman has recently married Anne, whom his son, Henrik, has also fallen madly in love. Fredrik’s dedication to his blushing bride is tested when he reunites with a former flame, the famed actress Desiree Armfeldt. Things grow more complicated when her jealous, and married, lover Count Carl-Magnus Malcolm gets wind of the reunion. The coupling and uncoupling comes to a head when Desirée convinces her mother to host Fredrik and his family for a weekend on her lavish country estate.

“These people are in a relationship with one person but their heart is somewhere else,” Sturtz said.

A unique element of “A Little Night Music,” Sturtz said, is that the whole musical is a waltz, which means that the show follows a 3/4 tempo.

“It’s a story of three,” Sturtz said. “It’s a very interesting series of love triangles that mirrors the 3/4 time music. It’s so fascinating how (Sondheim) weaves the storyline against this waltz theme.”

“A Little Night Music” will also feature dance as another way to illustrate the idea of the waltz.

In addition to the waltz concept, “A Little Night Music” also utilizes the idea of a “Greek chorus,” Sturtz said.

“We have five singers who walk in and out of the show helping to tell the story,” she said. “They are singing the thoughts of the main characters – it’s very haunting.”

Sturtz said “A Little Night Music” is considered to be rated PG-13, with its adult themes, and is recommended for mature audiences.

“It’s very beautiful,” Sturtz said, “but very mature.”

For the production, Sturtz and WCT will be using minimalist music, two pianos and a cello to tell the story.

Additionally, since the show is being performed in the Black Box Theatre it will have an intimate feel.

“It will be an intimate, more adult show,” Sturtz said. “Audiences will be close to the stage so they will be surrounded by the music – they will be enveloped by it.”

Woodbury Community Theatre’s production of “A Little Night Music” will run at 7 p.m. April 8-9, April 15-16 and April 22-23 and at 3 p.m. and April 10 and April 17 at the Black Box Theatre. Tickets are $18 for adults, $15 for seniors and $12 for students. Visit merrillartscenter.org to purchase tickets or for more information.

Amber Kispert-Smith

Amber Kispert-Smith has been the schools and Afton reporter at the Woodbury Bulletin since 2008. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Minnesota. She previously worked as a reporter for Press Publications in White Bear Lake.

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