Memorial Players Presents: Into the Woods

Memorial Players presents six performances of “Into the Woods” April 20, 21, 22, 27, 28 and 29. This beloved musical by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine uses familiar fairy tales to explore parent-child relationships that, as always, are difficult, scary and loving. Featured here are our old friends Cinderella, Rapunzel, Jack, Little Red Riding Hood, plus some new characters such as the Witch, and the Baker and his Wife, that are added to the fairy tale canon. The show explores the consequences of the characters getting everything that they wish for, what happens after they get what they want and face the inevitable consequences, and the ensuing mayhem, chaos, blame, and finally forgiveness.

Casting for this show is diverse, full of intergenerational Memorial teens, children and adults. Nampoina Randrianarivelo is Cinderella, Ruby Webb is Little Red Riding Hood, Brinley Fisher is Rapunzel, Paris Weeks is the Narrator, Sallie Ratrie is Lucinda, one of the stepsisters, Ginny Hornbeck is the Baker’s Wife, Jamie Griffith is double cast as the Wolf and the Steward, Megan Dimmock is the Stepmother, and Sue Gorman is the Giant. A children’s chorus featuring Memorial’s and the neighborhood’s children enriches the production with their lovely voices and beautiful presence on stage. An adult ensemble adds richness to the vocals with Rebecca Gorman, Jill Griffith, Tom Penniston and Debbie Phinney. Last but not least we feature Grey Maggiano as “The Priest.” Look for Kate Gorman, Noah Stone and David Dimmock in the pit.

Our Director, Stephen Deininger, well known to the Memorial Stage as Uncle Archie in “Secret Garden” and Tateh in “Ragtime,” is an actor, a singer and a musician and fun to work with. Our Assistant Director, Stacy Wells, teaches our children their songs, blocks them and rehearses them. John Seeley’s set is creative and imaginative. Beth Ratrie and Ros Kooser’s costumes dazzle. Lighting and sound by Daryl Beard. Ochestra conducted by Tim Viets. Kaite Vaught is our Stage Manager. Julie Modlin will coordinate the concession stand. Kristine Smets worked so hard to get our Bolton Hill neighbors to open their homes for the pre-show receptions. Paul Seaton is the producer.

For details on reserving a spot in those popular pre-show receptions please visit http://memorialplayers.org/reservations/index.html.

As always Memorial Players features open seating, and free admission. Free-will donations will be solicited at the show. Online donations in advance can be made at http://memorialplayers.org. For questions, do email or text the producer Paul Seaton at pseaton@memorialepiscopal.org or 410-615-4532.