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August 20, 1993

The cast members range in age from 6 to 16, but this is not child's play: Over the next 10 days, youngsters in El Segundo and Redondo Beach will stage ambitious musical productions as part of two city drama programs.

Starting tonight, El Segundo youngsters will present an adaptation of "Into the Woods," a musical by Stephen Sondheim that was originally staged on Broadway in 1987. The play marks a high point for more than 50 participants in the El Segundo Recreation and Parks Department's drama classes for youth, which include three productions a year.

"The summer (production) is generally the most spectacular of the year because children have more time for rehearsals," said Gala Burkholder, El Segundo's cultural arts supervisor.

In Redondo Beach, 87 South Bay youths will stage a musical version of the 1966 film "King of Hearts" beginning Wednesday. The youngsters, enrolled in the Redondo Beach Drama Camp, learn everything from acting to scenery construction to stand-up comedy.

What: El Segundo youth production of "Into the Woods"

Where: El Segundo High School Auditorium, 640 Main St.

When: 7 p.m. today, Saturday, and Aug. 27 and 28; matinee Sunday at 2 p.m.

Tickets: $4 if purchased in advance at the George E. Gordon Clubhouse Building, 300 E. Pine Ave.; $5 at the door

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What: South Bay youth production of "King of Hearts"

Where: Perry Park Community Hall, 2301 Grant Ave., Redondo Beach

When: 7 p.m. Wednesday through Aug. 27; 2 p.m. Aug. 28 and 29

Tickets: $3.50 at the door; on sale half an hour before show time

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