By Stephen Sondheim & James Lapine
Good Theater kicks off its season with this Tony Award winning musical featuring a cast of 17. With music by Stephen Sondheim and a book by James Lapine, Into the Woods weaves together several fairy tales including Jack of Jack and Beanstalk, Cinderella, Rapunzel and Little Red Ridinghood. Joining them on their journey is the Baker and his wife who are trying to lift a spell cast by the Witch. Great music, delightful characters and a story that is relevant for today’s audiences, Into the Woods is sure please audiences. Come see who lives happily ever after...
WELL WORTH VENTURING INTO GOOD’S WACKY ‘WOODS’
Portland Press Herald, By April Boyle, October 21, 2006
The Good Theater has pulled out all stops to create a production that’s pure magic. All who walk through the door are instantly transfixed by Janet Montgomery’s set. It’s not overly technical, but it’s stunning. A beautifully rendered backdrop of the forest gives the set a whimsical look, with soft colors and blurred lines reminding that life isn’t cut and dry, or black and white.
Seventeen cast members guide the audience into the woods. Each is perfectly chosen for the role. "Into the Woods" is a thoroughly entertaining journey that is packed with wonderful songs, fun characters and unexpected plot twists.
LOVELY, DARK & DEEP GOOD THEATER ENTERS THE WOODS
The Portland Phoenix By: Megan Grumbling October 25, 2006 (Excerpts)
Although its premise is delightfully, sharply simple, from a technical standpoint Into the Woods is no walk through the larches. But Good Theater is by now well known for its unparalleled virtuosity, and this production is no exception: Under the direction of Allen... this cast carries off seemingly effortless executions of the script and score’s intimidating demands, which include some stupefyingly quick timing in vocals and blocking.
Good Theater’s gifted actors are also impeccably cast and gorgeously costumed. This production has a remarkable feel of unity among its actors; every single character is fully, dazzlingly inhabited - from the angular yearnings and uncertainties of Bate’s and Means’s baker couple, to Broyles’s subtly hilarious, dim-witted Jack. Fourteen-year-old Haley Bennett, as Red Ridinghood, is impressively sharp and savvy around her character’s more sardonic edges, and Cinderella’s step-trinity (Karen Stickney, Kristen Thomas, and Jessica Peck) is a shrill flurry of finery and righteousness. A few deserve special mention: McLeod’s Rapunzel and Caufield’s Cinderella are absolutely dulcet, and Bate also has an unusually warm and expressive voice. And in the plum role of the Witch - by turns comic, Mae-Westy, and wracked with yearning - Amy Roche is magnificent, her performance a sly and decadent delight that’s now a cackly staccato, now filled with lusty bravado, and finally slows to something cool, minor, and dark.
The woods that these characters enter and confront are appropriately bewitching, too. Designed by Janet Montgomery, the set layers leafy corridors several wings deep, trails the wilderness out in foliage beyond the thrust of the stage, and, in the backdrop, suggests richly dappled branches and fronds, light and shadow.
As the colors of the forest change, the intrepid characters of our nursery hours must navigate the ever-changing tempers of both the elements and their own desires. That journey, we suspect - funny, wild, wrenching - will continue long after everyone’s made it out of the woods.
Directed by Brian P. Allen
CAST OF CHARACTERS (in alphabetical order)
Wolf/Cinderella¹s Prince - Graham Allen
Narrator/Mysterious Man - Glenn Anderson
Baker - Timothy Bate
Little Red Ridinghood - Haley Bennett
Jack - William Broyles
Cinderella - Kelly Caufield
Jack¹s Mother - Cathy Counts
Rapunzel¹s Prince - Todd Daley
Granny/Giant Betsy - Melarkey Dunphy
Steward - Steven Leighton
Rapunzel - Jennifer McLeod
Baker¹s Wife - Jen Means
Lucinda (Stepsister) - Jessica Peck
Cinderella¹s Father - Jeffrey Roberts
Witch - Amy Roche
Cinderella¹s Stepmother/Cinderella¹s Mother - Karen Stickney
Florinda (Stepsister) - Kristen Thomas
Set Design - Craig Robinson
Lighting Design - Jamie Grant
Costumes - Joan McMahon & Repertory Theatre of St. Louis
Technical Director - Stephen Underwood
Assistant Technical Director - Craig Robinson
Scenic Painting & Set Dressing - Janet Montgomery
Photography - Craig Robinson
* Member Actors' Equity Association