Smart bets: Into the Woods Jr.

When Shalene Hill notes the “talent, professionalism and dedication” of her cast, it doesn’t sound like she’s referring to a group of 9 to 14-year-old children. But she is. Eight area schools are represented by Into the Woods Jr.’s 18-member cast, which is managed by Hill and director James King in collaboration with a handful of other local theatrical professionals and financial backers. The actors-in-training, who have rehearsed 10 hours per week since early November, will present a youthful adaptation of the Brothers Grimm’s most famous fairy tales with music by Stephen Sondheim and story by James Lapine. This family-friendly performance takes place at the Masonic Temple on Friday and Saturday, Jan. 23 and 24, at 7 p.m., and Sunday, Jan. 25, at 4 p.m. $12. voiceofthecityproductions.com. Photo courtesy of Voice of the City Productions

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Kat studied entrepreneurship and music business at the University of Miami and earned her MBA at Appalachian State University. Follow me @katmAVL

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