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music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by James Lapine

directed by Nora Petty


July 25-August 3


No Strings Theatre Company presents "Into the Woods," directed by Nora Petty, at the Black Box Theatre, 430 N. Downtown Mall in Las Cruces which has performances on July 25 to July 27 and August 1-3. "Into The Woods" is a musical with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by James Lapine. It won several Tony Awards including Best Score, Best Book, and Best Actress in a Musical in a year dominated by Phantom of the Opera.

The musical cleverly begins with the characters of "Little Red Riding Hood," "Jack and the Beanstalk," "Rapunzel," and "Cinderella" whose stories continue after the "happily ever after" in their own fairy tales. In addition there is the story of a childless baker and his wife who wish to have a child. their interaction with a Witch who has placed a curse on them, and their interaction with other storybook characters during their journey. Musical Numbers include "Into the Woods, "There's a Giant in the Sky," " Agony," and "Ever After."

Performances are Friday and Saturday evenings at 8:00 p.m. and Sundays July 25 and August 3 at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $12.00 for regular admission and $10.00 students and seniors over 65. Reservations: (575) 523-1223.

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Denise Marie and Marcel Koster

 Sunday, August 31 at 7:00 p.m.

Denise Marie and Marcel Koster Guitars, Vocals, Accordion, Percussion, Songwriting, Recording Artists, Producers Denise Marie was born with a gypsy soul. At sixteen she bid adieu to the upstate New York farm and moved to the wild west of Santa Fe, New Mexico where she befriended hippies, cowgirls, Indians and studied jazz guitar. But when she learned to finger-pick the blues a whole new universe of possibilities opened up. In 1995 she moved to the center of music on planet earth, New Orleans, where she was encouraged to perform the original songs she had hidden in an old shoe box. There she embraced trumpets, saxophones, Cuban percussion, violins and well.....just about everything to do with music, BIG HUG. She recorded with such legends as Johnny Vidacovich, James Singleton, "Sunpie" Barnes and worked with a long list of talented musicians. By 2005, she had toured in Europe several times and was there when hurricane Katrina blasted old New Orleans. As a result she stayed in Europe for almost two years. While visiting the "night mayor" of Den Haag in 2007 she was introduced to her now husband and music partner Marcel Koster. He was born with drumsticks in his hands. In school he often found himself tapping on his desk and legs with pencils and hands flying, driving his teachers mad. He played snare drum in the marching band for ten years and finally got an entire drum kit up in the attic, driving his father mad. When he picked up the accordion and began to croon old Dutch classics he was accepted as the musician of the family. Well, that's the drummers cross to bear. Marcel has played with such Dutch legends as Johnny Hoes, Joke Bruijs, Gerard Cox, Pierre van Duijl, Kees Korbijn, Philip Kroonenberg, Peter te Bos, Federique Spigt and Arthur Ebeling. Marcel has toured in Russia, China, Europe and The United States. Nowadays he plays in several bands and as a duo with his wife. They live in The Netherlands. Denise Marie plays electric, acoustic, slide and tenor guitars, sings, writes songs and plays the riqq (middle eastern tambourine). Marcel Koster plays accordion, drums, percussion, piano and sings. Admission is $10.00. Reservations (575) 523-1223


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