Ever think you are in the wrong story? That somehow your life doesn’t make any sense and some cosmic publisher must have dropped the story of your life and mixed it up with someone else’s life? Then you can sympathize with the characters inInto the Woods, Mary Baldwin University Theatre’s latest production.
Arguably one of Stephen Sondheim’s masterpieces,Into the Woodsrevels in jaunty rhythms and a story that fits together as smoothly as a jigsaw puzzle. The childless Baker is the victim of the Witch’s curse, brought on him by his misguided father who stole beans from the Witch, magic beans at that. The Witch sends the Baker into the woods to gather ingredients for a potion within Three Midnights Time with the promise of a child for him and his wife.
The ingredients – the cow as white as milk (Jack in the Beanstalk), the cape as red as blood, (Little Red Riding Hood), the slipper as pure as gold (Cinderella), hair as yellow as corn, (Rapunzel) – are easily found but not easily obtained. Jack, played by Dylan Grey, has been sent into the woods to sell the cow, Little Red, played by Misty Critzer, is on the way to visit her grandmother, Sarah Benkendorf as Cinderella is running from her prince, and Rapunzel, played by Alice Piepenburg, of course, is stuck in her tower!
Others in the cast:
- Prince–Ben Houseknecht
- Prince–Brent Hull
- Wolf–Donnie Middleton
- Narrator–Ashley Graves
- Jack’s Mother–Terrace Althouse
- Baker–Lou Dolive
- Baker’s Wife–Laura Flanagan
- Witch–Gabrielle Bergeret
- Evil Stepmother–Kristi Morgan
- Evil Stepsisters–Nebula Li and Tashera Perry
- Granny–Katherine Ashe
- Prince’s Steward–Lauren Jones
- Ghost of Cinderella’s Mother–Becca Wise
- Milky White–Lindsey Napoli
- Giant–Kim Baldwin and Margaret Schermerhorn
- Sleeping Beauty–Khaleelah White
- Snow White–Soyoung Ahn
Certain performances will find Sofi Feduschenko as the Witch, Erin Tabscott Staebell as Little Red Riding Hood, Brianna McCollum as Jack, Katherine Ashe as Cinderella and Jaime Norton as Granny.
Join Mary Baldwin for two weekends of this wonderful musical, Friday and Saturday, February 11 and 12 and Wednesday-Saturday, February 16-19 at 8 p.m. and Sundays, February 13 and 20 at 2 p.m. at the college’s Fletcher Collins Theatre. Tickets may be purchased at the box office Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. or tickets may be reserved by credit card by calling (540) 887-7189 during regular box office hours.