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INTO THE WOODS
Be Careful What You Wish For…
November 3rd, 4th, and 5th
- Premium: $25
- Adults: $20
- Students: $15
“Be careful what you wish for” seems to be the ongoing theme in Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s Brothers Grimm inspired musical, Into the Woods. The story follows The Baker and his wife who wish to have a child, Cinderella who wishes to go the King’s Festival, and Jack who wishes his cow would give some milk. When the Baker and his wife are visited by the neighborhood witch, who reveals to them that she placed a curse on their family, the two set off on a journey into the woods to reverse the curse. Also in the woods, we meet Little Red, who is trying to visit her grandmother, the Wolf who loves tasty little girls, the Witch’s daughter Rapunzel, and the Princes chasing after their loves. By the end of Act I, everyone has gotten their wish and will seemingly live happily ever after. But in Act II, when Jack’s beanstalk brings them a visit from an angry Giant, we see how the consequences of their actions haunt them in disastrous ways. The community must come together to save each other and their kingdom, but sacrifices must be made.
Cast Profiles (more to come)
Freddie Miller || Jack
Favorite moment/line in the show: “Witches can be right, giants can be good, you decide what’s right, you decide what’s good”. I think this line pretty much sums up what “Into the Woods” is about. It’s not all black and white. There’s no “good” and “bad”. It is up to the individual to make that decision themselves. Not everything is what it appears to be.
Favorite thing about playing your character: The journey that Jack goes on in the show is one of the most dynamic ones in the show. On the surface, Jack can be a very static, one-dimensional little boy. But it’s so much more than that. When he ventures into the woods, he’s not confident whatsoever. But by the time the show is over, you see that he has become a strong, young man as a result of the woods.
If you could switch roles with someone in the cast, who would it be?: I would definitely want to switch roles with the Mysterious Man! The Mysterious Man is one of the most complex characters in the show. You never know when he’s going to show up and that’s what makes him so mysterious! Not to mention he delivers one of the best, if not the best, song in the show “No More”!
Why people should come see the show: “Into the Woods” is not your traditional fairy tale. It’s thought-provoking and insightful. It’s meant to make the audience reflect on their own lives and the choices they make. Not to mention, you are supporting local live theatre, which is always a plus!
Jeremy Lupowitz || Baker
Favorite moment/line in the show: There are so many, it’s hard to choose! I really enjoy the subtle, lighthearted moments like “where’s the cheese cloth” and the Baker’s search for the cow, but I think my favorite moment in the show is the song “No More”. After the events of act two (No spoilers!) put the Baker through the ringer, he has to decide how and why to continue in the face of tremendous adversity, and I find that to be incredibly powerful.
Favorite thing about playing your character: The Baker goes through so much in such a short time, it’s really rewarding to be able to take that journey with him, and experience his growth, his maturation, his challenges, and his defiance of those challenges. He’s an incredibly dynamic character that tests my range and forces me out of my comfort zone. And that’s how you grow.
If you could switch roles with someone in the cast, who would it be?: This is obviously unrealistic, but I’d love to play the Baker’s Wife. I feel like there is such a synergy between these two characters that I’d learn a lot about the Baker by seeing him through his Wife’s eyes.
Why people should come see the show: This is such a timely and relatable piece, always, but especially right now. Into the Woods is a show about navigating the not-so-happily-ever-after—when there is so much discord, violence, and hate in the world that it seems no amount of love and kindness can ever heal. Despite the dire circumstances, Sondheim & Lapine remind that being human means imperfection, and that truly, “No One Is Alone”.
Ellen Diehl || The Baker’s Wife
Favorite moment/line in the show: “Oh, to be pursued by a Prince. All that pursues me is tomorrow’s bread.”
Favorite thing about playing your character: Every character in the show is incredibly human and imperfect, and the Baker’s Wife is no exception. She has somewhat twisted morals, yet she is completely earnest in her pursuit of happiness. I love her mostly because she so desperately wants to be a mother. She’s an interesting contradiction: she has a deep desire to care for those she encounters, but when faced with what is right and what she wants her motives become questionable. “If the thing you do is pure in intent, if it’s meant, and it’s just a little bent, does it matter?”
If you could switch roles with someone in the cast, who would it be: The witch! She gets to wear a cape and has some of the best lines in the show.
Why people should come see the show: Into the Woods is thought-provoking, funny, unbelievably truthful, and certainly applicable to the world today. We have a fantastic group of people who are putting this together, so don’t miss out on a great show! 🙂
Christina Johns || Florinda
Favorite Moment/Line in the Show: Probably when Sarah and I get blinded by pigeons (sorry, spoiler alert! ?) It’s such a fun moment in the show, and I love getting to be so overdramatic!
Favorite Thing About Playing My Character: I love getting to be overdramatic, and snotty, it’s such a departure from myself personally, that it is just so enjoyable to get to play. I also love all the weird funny things that I get to do in this show, like get my toe cut off, be blind for the second half of the show, and scream and laugh a lot.
If I could switch roles: I would probably want to be the witch. That is an absolute dream role of mine for once I’m in the right age range. I love all of her songs, and I think that doing the witch’s rap would be ridiculously fun. And, Bernadette Peters is my queen, so…
Why people should come see this show: Support the arts in your community!!! The arts are so important for education, and for the enrichment of the soul. This show, in particular, is so beautifully written and is so intricate that there is so much in there to explore. This cast and crew have been working so hard to get this show to be as amazing as it can be, and I think that it is going to be incredible if I do say so myself. Everyone is so perfectly cast in their roles, and are just all putting in 110%. I really think that it is going to be an absolutely amazing production that no one will want to miss!
Sarah Swahlon || Lucinda
Favorite moment/line in the show: My favorite line in the show is “We’re not that miserable!” when the witch offers me up to the giant!
If you could switch roles with someone in the cast, who would it be: I would love to play Cinderella or the Bakers Wife because they are both strong, independent characters!
Why should people come see the show: People should come see the show because we have poured so much hard work into it and the cast is filled with talented individuals.
Christin Kapp || Jack’s Mother
Favorite moment/line in the show: “slotted spoons don’t hold much soup” It’s such a witty, underhanded way to say that someone’s not all there!
Favorite thing about playing your character: I love that, even though she’s so frustrated with her situation and her kid, she has a deep love for him and just wants what’s best. She’s not the most refined, or composed, but she has their best interests at heart.
If you could switch roles with someone in the cast, who would it be?: The Witch! That garden rap is everything – “you should see my nectarines!’
Why people should come see the show: Live theatre is so important, and community based, non-profit performing arts centers are the heartbeat of the industry. When you support the arts in your community, you’re feeding your community’s soul.
Nicole Greenwood || Witch
Favorite moment/line in show: I love the songs Witch’s Lament and Stay with Me (which I sing to Rapunzel).
Favorite thing about playing your character: My favorite thing about playing the Witch is getting to be irreverent, funny, crazy, impatient and impulsive. Anything goes!
If you could switch roles with someone in the cast, who would it be?: Anyone with less dialogue! Memorizing lines has been SO challenging at my age.
Why people should come see the show?: You will hear phenomenal singing voices and see wonderfully entertaining actors. It is almost like a mini-opera, as most of the show is sung or acted to music (and we will have an orchestra in the pit!). The show is fun because it interweaves fairy tale stories and characters, and creates all kinds of unexpected moments, drama, comedy and suspense. And it all happens in the woods!
Catie MO || Cinderella’s Mother/Granny/ Giant
Favorite moment/line of the show: Though it’s fearful, though it’s deep, though it’s dark and though you may lose the path, though you may encounter wolves, you must’nt swerve or ponder; You can’t just wish, no to get your wish you, you go into the woods.
Favorite thing about playing your characters: They are so different from each other and I love the interaction I get to have with the other cast/characters.
If you could switch roles with someone in the cast, who would it be?: Milky. Everyone loves that four-legger! And she gets a lot of stage time.
Why people should come see the show: Because it will be a great night in beautiful downtown Carlisle, and something fun to do with friends/family.
Chrisanna Rogers || Rapunzel
Favorite moment/line of the show: I love the line the Baker sings in the finale of Act 2 “the light is getting dimmer…I think I saw a glimmer” That lyric indicates hope and I appreciate that some hope is still found in spite of great difficulty.
Favorite thing about playing your characters: Well, besides the Hair… I really like the fact that Rapunzel is, in my opinion, a very complex character. She has a conflicted story and situation. Audiences to get see the truth and pain of her story rather than a simple fairy tale.
If you could switch roles with someone in the cast, who would it be?: I think it would be fun to play the narrator! I love the art of story telling and Into the Woods is a very interesting story to tell!
Why people should come see the show?: Carlisle Theatre is offering a powerful gift to the community: a beautifully deep story that on the surface features your favorite fairy tales, but at its core allows you to think and evaluate your own life in a new way. This show is a gift, with an amazing, talented cast. It is sure to be a special night in the theatre, our community should experience it!
Ozlyn Smith || Rapunzel’s Prince
Favorite moment/line of the show: is “Agony” just because of how cleverly written it is and how much fun it is to sing.
Favorite thing about playing your character: My favorite thing about my character is how full of himself he tends to be. He is the man and nobody is better then him. It’s fun to act the complete opposite of myself.
If you could switch roles with someone in the cast, who would it be?: If I could switch characters in the show I would love to play the Baker just because I love the character and he gets to bakes food for a living. Who wouldn’t want that.
Why people should come see the show: People should come see this show because the cast is so well casted and so talented. They will truly blow you away.
Dylan Rogers || Cinderella’s Prince
Favorite moment/line of the show: I love singing the Agony songs with Ozzy, Rapunzel’s Prince.
Favorite thing about playing your character: He’s over-the-top, “princely,” he makes people laugh and I enjoy that. But you also get to see a real side of him in the end of act 2.
If you could switch roles with someone in the cast, who would it be?: Little Red, so I can live my best life by skipping and eating baked goods.
Why people should come see the show: The cast is so talented, and this show pulls all the fairytales together into an awesome story.