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Into the Woods

Music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Book by James Lapine.

Into the Woods debuted in San Diego at the Old Globe Theatre in 1986, and premiered on Broadway in 1987.

Plot Synopsis

An ambivalent Cinderella? A blood-thirsty Little Red Ridinghood? A Prince Charming with a roving eye? A Witch...who raps? They're all among the cockeyed characters in James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim's fractured fairy tale. When a Baker and his Wife learn they've been cursed with childlessness by the Witch next door, they embark on a quest for the special objects required to break the spell, swindling, lying to and stealing from Cinderella, Little Red, Rapunzel and Jack (the one who climbed the beanstalk). Everyone's wish is granted at the end of Act One, but the consequences of their actions return to haunt them later, with disastrous results.

Act One:

Cinderella wishes to go to the Prince's ball, but her evil stepsisters and stepmother are doing everything they can to prevent her from doing so. Jack wishes for a better life, and his mother wishes for more money. Thus, Jack is made to sell his only friend and pet, his cow, Milky-White. The Baker and his wife wish for a child when the witch from next door tells them she placed a spell on their house preventing them from having one. Unless they are able to gather the items to make the secret potion: the cow as white as milk, the cape as red as blood, the hair as yellow as corn, the slipper as pure as gold, they shall remain childless. All four go into the woods to fulfill their wishes in a funny display of mistakes, bargains, mysterious happenings and more.

Act Two:

Everyone gets their wish by the end of the first Act but quoting directly from the show's lyrics, "Wishes may bring problems, such that you regret them, better that though, than to never get them...". Suddenly, a huge crash and boom are heard. The witch's garden is ruined, and the Baker's house almost destroyed by a giantess who has come to earth to avenge the death of her husband who lost his life while chasing Jack from their kingdom. All go back into the woods. Jack - to slay the giantess; Cinderella - to investigate bad news of her mother's trampled gravesite; The Baker and his Wife - to escort Little Red Riding Hood to her grandmother's house. They soon learn that selfish thoughts will get them nowhere and that their survival will depend on working together. Be careful what you wish for!


2010-2011 Production

Into the Woods 2010 logoPresented March 4-13, 2011 at Centrepointe, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada


Capital Critics Awards

  • Best Director - Community Theatre (Michael Gareau)


 Cast of Characters

The Narrator Bob Lackey
Cinderella Skye MacDiarmid
Jack (of beanstalk fame) Graeme Parke
Milky White, Jack's Cow Susanna Atkinson
The Baker Shaun Toohey
The Baker's Wife Emily Reid
Cinderella's Stepmother Antonia Pigot
Cinderella's Stepsister Florinda Mary Picard
Cinderella's Stepsister Lucinda Liisa Steinwedel
Jack's Mother Barb Seabright-Moore
Little Red Ridinghood Mackenzie Salhany
The Witch Nicole Milne
Cinderella's Father Gary Moore
Ogres Trevor Scott, Gary Moore
Cinderella's Mother Christine Moran
The Mysterious Man Bob Lackey
The Wolf Dennis VanStaalduinen
Rapunzel Julia Barry
Rapunzel's Prince Darren Bird
Little Red Ridinghood's Granny Christine Moran
Cinderella's Prince Dennis VanStaalduinen
The Royal Steward Trevor Scott
The Giantess Christine Moran
Snow White Janine Robinson
Sleeping Beauty Emily Hay


Conductor Marlene Hudson
Violin Sophia Pan, Galina Rezaeipour
Viola Gunnar Foerstel, Tanya Renaud
Cello Steve Smith
Bass Tom McMahon
Flute, Piccolo Tina Fedeski
Clarinet Dave Renaud
Bassoon Jo Ann Simpson
French Horn Keith Estabrooks, Steve Harris
Trumpet Chris Lane
Keyboards John McGovern, Paul Legault
Percussion Pierre Huneault

Production Personnel

Executive Producer Steve Jones
Artistic Director Michael Gareau
Musical Director Marlene Hudson
Apprentice Musical Director Monique Cyr
Assistant Director/Choreographer Debbie Millett
Producer Drum Hudson
Production Assistant Maureen Speer
Stage Manager Carol Chamberlain
Technical Director Charles Russell
Set Designer/Scenic Artist Laura Duncan
Costume Designers Joy Lackey and Cynthia Sanoy
Special Effects and Props Sam Smith
Lighting Designer David Magladry
Sound Designer John Cybanski
Properties Designers Anne McGuire/Sam Smith
Make-up/Hair Designer Kerry Price
Master Carpenter Mark Muench
Accompanist John McGovern
Social Convenor Bryan Jesmer

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