Take a Journey Into the Woods at The Western Stage
The Western Stage continues its 30th Anniversary Season December 4th with a holiday show that will delight the entire family. Broadway legends Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine revisit our favorite childhood stories with Into the Woods, Junior a dark and funny musical that asks if there really is such a thing as “happily ever after”. Come see Rapunzel, Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack (of beanstalk fame), the Big Bad Wolf, and many more beloved fairy tale characters come to life. The journey into this magical forest begins when a Baker and his wife enlist the help of a Wicked Witch to help them have a baby. Yet, as everyone knows, a bargain with a witch is no small matter. In order to help them, the Witch requires a lock of golden hair, a bright red hood, and several other items familiar to anybody who has read the Brothers Grimm. So, into the woods the Baker and his wife go, leading the audience into the mysterious and magical world of childhood adventure.
Composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim is a Broadway legend. He began his career under the tutorage of Oscar Hammerstein II. After serving as the lyricist for Leonard Bernstein’s West Side Story, he commenced building one of the most stellar careers in contemporary theatre with Broadway hits like A Little Night Music, Follies, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Assassins, and Into the Woods. In 1987, the Tony awards program dubbed him “Broadway’s Poet Laureate”. (More can be found on Stephen Sondheim in the supplemental article.)
James Lapine, on the other hand, is an Off-Broadway legend. Both a playwright and director, he worked extensively Off-Broadway before teaming up with Sondheim on their first collaboration Sunday in the Park with George. Other plays by Lapine include Twelve Dreams, The Moment When, and—again with Sondheim—Passion, based on the movie Passione d’Amore. In addition to directing the Broadway premiere of Into the Woods, Lapine also directed David Henry Hwang’s Golden Child in 1988.
The cast of TWS’ Into the Woods is composed of some of the finest young performers in the area. Since 1985, The Western Stage has been committed to developing the talents of young artists with several after school and summer arts programs like Young Company Presents…, Plays-the-Thing, and Junior Theatre. Although not part of the Young Company program, this slimmed down adaptation of Into the Woods, which runs 90 minutes and is designed for young performers, is yet another opportunity for The Western Stage to invest in the youth of the Central Coast.
In that vein, The Western Stage will also be offering matinee performances to several local schools, and providing students and educators with a study guide to use as an educational aid in the classroom. Into the Woods opens a number of exciting and interesting avenues of exploration for educators including the nature of storytelling, narrative, ecology, mask making, and more.
Longtime TWS director, choreographer and performer Anne Marie Hunter directs this magical musical.
Grand Opening (December 4) Tickets are $42 for 3, and $10 for additional children ages 5 – 14. Or, bring a family of 4 for the special price of $44! Tickets for all other performances of Into The Woods, Junior are $25 for adults, $16 for seniors>65/juniors<25/military, and are available by calling The Western Stage Ticket Office at 831-755-6816 or visiting the website at westernstage.com. Into The Woods, Junior plays Friday and Saturday nights at 8pm and Sundays at 2pm from December 4-18, 2004, with two additional Saturday matinees at 2pm on December 11th and 18th. Group rates are also available. Due to campus construction, campus parking is recommended in the West Alisal Street lots between San Vincente & Amherst Drive. Complete directions are online at westernstage.com.
Director – Anne Marie Hunter
Choreographer – Laura Morgan
Music Directed by Don Dally & Walt Veasy
Stage Manager – Zalissa Ré Crane
Scenic – David Parker
Sound – Sean Colgan
Lights – Derek Duarte
Props – Lynne Willis
Costumes – Kathrine Ogletree
Florinda – Aubrey Bauer
The Witch – Corey Lim Beckwith
Granny / Goldylocks – Carolyn Brown
Lucinda – Paje Cipro
Little Red Ridinghood – Caitlin Dios
Cinderella’s Mother – Savannah Paris Goodwin
Cinderella’s Father – Oscar Gutierrez
Jack – Daivd Hackett
Jack’s Mother – Sarah Harrell
Baker’s Wife – Christina Hogan
Cinderella’s Mother – Katie Garner
Cinderella’s Prince / The Mysterious Man / Cowardly Lion – Scott McLeod
Steward – J.D. Morris
Baker – Taylor C. Ogletree
Rapunzel / Alice – Heather Osteraa
Cinderella – Hillary Salbacka
Ginderbread Man – Tim Thomson
Rapunzel’s Prince / Wolf / The Wizard – Rhett Wheeler
The Magical People –Kristen Sage Carder, Brianna Favazza, Savannah Paris Goodwin, Maggie King, David A. Luna,
J.D. Morris, Caitlin St John