WCSU theatre arts presents fairytale-inspired fantasy ‘Into the Woods’

DANBURY, CONN. — "Into the Woods,” a Tony Award-winning masterpiece by musical theater giant Stephen Sondheim based on James Lapine’s book, will be presented at Western Connecticut State University this December.

The WCSU Department of Theatre Arts will stage “Into the Woods” at 3 and 7 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 8 and 9, 2012, in the Berkshire Theatre on the university’s Midtown campus, 181 White St. Danbury. General admission tickets are $20. Tickets for seniors and non-WCSU students are $15. Tickets for children 12 and under are $10. Admission will be free for WCSU students with valid I.D.

“Into the Woods” is centered upon a witch’s curse that condemns the Baker and his Wife to a life without children. The couple embarks on a quest to find the four items needed to break the spell: the cow as white as milk, the cape as red as blood, the hair as yellow as corn and the slipper as pure as gold.

Directed by Julio Agustin Matos Jr., the performance is a witty and bold reimagining of a combination of beloved, classic fairytales including Jack and the Beanstalk, Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel and Cinderella. The play mimics the classic fairytale scenarios as along their expedition the Baker and his Wife encounter famous characters from Cinderella to Red Riding Hood to Rapunzel, all of whom have deep desires of their own. “Into the Woods” is produced by WCSU’s Sal Trapani and Pam McDaniel, with Tom Cuffari as musical director.

Playing the leading roles will be Anthony Mendoza, of Stratford, as the Baker; Tara Llewellyn, of Brookfield, as the Baker’s wife; Audrey Twitchell, of Westport, as Cinderella; Leroy Walton, of Hamden, as Cinderella’s Mother and the Giant; Willie Marte, of Danbury, as Cinderella’s Father; Kyle Attanasio, of Shelton, as Cinderella’s Prince and the Wolf; Valarie Henry, of Waterbury, as Cinderella’s Step Mother; Katrina Sebastian, of Sterling, as Florinda; Brittany Wigglesworth, of Westbrook, as Grandmother; Myles Tripp, of New Haven, as Jack; Caroline Strange, of Southbury, as Jack’s Mother; Michelle O’Konis, of Strafford Springs, as Little Red Riding Hood; Colleen Gunning, of Southbury, as Lucinda;. Dhafir Jackson, of Bridgeport, as Narrator; Anna Giordano, of Clinton, as Rapunzel; Josh Hahn, of Derby, as Rapunzel’s Prince; Katie Armstrong, of Moodis, as Sleeping Beauty; Katie Rudnicki, of Meriden, as Snow White; Rachel Fournier, of Shelton, and Alexis Willoughby, of Gaylordsville, as the Witch.

Will the two be able to lift the curse on their family line and achieve so-called happily ever after? Venture into the dark woods with them as these dreamers hope to attain their greatest desire in this clever tale of fantasy.

For more information call (203) 837-TIXX or go to www.wcsu.edu/tickets.


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