Cornell’s Vet Players performing ‘Into the Woods’ this weekend

Tompkins Weekly Staff

ITHACA – Cornell vet school students will take to the stage at the end of the month in a performance of “Into the Woods.”
The performances – presented by Vet Players, a student-run organization at the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine – will take place at 8 p.m. Friday, March 31, and Saturday, April 1, in the Barnes Hall Auditorium; tickets are $7 per person.

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Vet Players – the only musical theatre troupe at a veterinary school in the United States – debuted in 1989 with a production of “Little Shop of Horrors” and has provided a creative outlet for students, faculty, staff, and friends of the veterinary school ever since. Each spring, the Vet Players presents a full-length production; last year’s was “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.”
The ensemble production of “Into the Woods’” fairytale stories is directed by veterinary student Caitlin Hepps Keeney, with musical direction by Danny Breidenbaugh (the spouse of a veterinary student) and choreography by Emily Herrold (a veterinary student).
“The entire cast has been working incredibly hard to make this show truly special,” said Hepps Keeney. “The actors, musicians, and everyone involved are extremely talented.”
Into the Woods is a Tony Award-winning 1987 musical with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by James Lapine that looks at what happens after “ever after.” It has inspired multiple revered productions, and Disney Pictures adapted the stage musical into a 2014 movie starring Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt, James Corden, Johnny Depp and Chris Pine.
Faculty advisor Dr. Kathy Earnest-Koons, a senior lecturer in the vet school and cast member, has been involved with the group for 23 years.
“The whole team is so professional – so energetic and vibrant,” she said. “It’s amazing the moments they are able to create on the stage.”
For more information about “Into the Woods” and Vet Players’ history of producing award-winning musicals, visit vetplayers.vet.cornell.edu or www.facebook.com/vetplayers.