The Men of ‘Into The Woods’: Running Jan. 23 through Feb. 1 inside The Kelsey Theatre

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One of Stephen Sondheim’s greatest masterpieces, Into the Woods, has been getting a lot of attention lately. Not only did the movie version of this fairy tale mash-up open up a couple weeks ago, and not only is it continuing to make money at the box office, but it’s also starting to garner a lot of award attention.

In addition to the successful movie, the stage version of the film will be making its Kelsey Theatre debut on January 23, and running through February 1. And if you liked the movie, you will certainly enjoy being fully immersed into the story with this live-staged production, which is being produced by The Pennington Players, with direction and choreography by Kyrus Keenan Westcott, and music direction by Mike Gilch.

With beguiling lyrics, sumptuous melodies, and a deliciously wicked plot, this Tony Award-winning musical weaves together favorite fairy tales as it picks up where “happily ever after” leaves off. Beloved characters such as Cinderella, her prince, her wicked stepmother and stepsisters, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack (and his beanstalk), Rapunzel, and her prince are all drawn into the lives of a baker and his wife. The couple’s wish to start a family sets in motion a series of twisted events within the confines of the woods that are sure to charm one and all.

MORE INFORMATION: Click Here for ‘Into The Woods’ Ticket Information – Order your tickets ASAP, because this event WILL sell-out!

Last week, we highlighted The Women of Into The Woods, so this week, we are going to meet the men in this production of Into the Woods, and highlight their experiences with the show, and the fairy tales their characters are based off of.

PHOTOGRAPHY BY MARTHA WASSER OF AMOUR ARTISTIQUE

The Men of INTO THE WOODS

The Men of INTO THE WOODS

 


 

JOHN ZIMMERMAN AS “THE BAKER” – The Baker is the ostensible hero of the story, but he does plenty of unheroic things. And while he initially insists on keeping his wife out of the mix, he comes to realize that he can’t survive without her.

"One of the dangers of mounting a production of Into the Woods is the assembling of an ensemble. The nature of this show does not lend itself to hanging the show on the talents of one or two individuals; it is absolutely imperative that the star of this show is the cast as a whole not a specific person. To that end, I am honored to be a part of such a well-rounded, diverse, and cohesive team of talented performers who each approach the show with an amazing amount of respect and dedication for both the show itself and his or her individual role within the greater story." -- John Zimmerman (The Baker)

“One of the dangers of mounting a production of Into the Woods is the assembling of an ensemble. The nature of this show does not lend itself to hanging the show on the talents of one or two individuals; it is absolutely imperative that the star of this show is the cast as a whole not a specific person. To that end, I am honored to be a part of such a well-rounded, diverse, and cohesive team of talented performers who each approach the show with an amazing amount of respect and dedication for both the show itself and his or her individual role within the greater story.” — John Zimmerman (The Baker)


 

BEN MENAHEM AS “CINDERELLA’S PRINCE” –  On paper, Cinderella’s Prince seems perfect. But beneath his considerable charm, there’s a spoiled young man whose birth makes him believe he can take anything – and anyone – he wants.

"I was raised to be charming. Not sincere." -- The Prince (Ben Menahem)

“I was raised to be charming. Not sincere.” — Cinderella’s Prince (Ben Menahem)


KARL WEIGAND AS “JACK” –  Like Little Red Riding Hood (which is played by Natalie Romeo), Jack’s story is about growing up, but in Into the Woods there’s also a focus on accepting consequences. What happens after you steal from and murder a Giant?

"This show has always opened many questions and always taught me something. I cant help to thank this production, especially, considering I am surrounded by this incredible cast. Who all love and learn from this show as much as we do the same with each other." -- Karl Weigand (Jack)

“This show has always opened many questions and always taught me something. I can’t help but to thank this production, especially, considering I am surrounded by this incredible cast. Who all love and learn from this show as much as we do the same with each other.” — Karl Weigand (Jack)


 

KEVIN PALARDY AS “RAPUNZEL’S PRINCE” –  Like his brother, Cinderella’s Prince, Rapunzel’s Prince is beautiful on the outside and considerably less attractive when it comes to personality. But he does his best to be there for a woman driven to madness by her mother.

"I was brought into the fold a little later into the production to fill the role of Rapunzel's Prince, one of the smaller roles in the show. Now, let me clarify that when I say smaller I don't mean less significant. The wonderful part of this production is that everyone realizes we all are adding something important to this show. When I arrived I immediately felt welcome and a part of something special. I'm excited to be surrounded by such talented people, not to mention FUN, and know we'll put on a fantastic show!" -- Kevin Palardy (Rapunzel's Prince)

“I was brought into the fold a little later into the production to fill the role of Rapunzel’s Prince, one of the smaller roles in the show. Now, let me clarify that when I say smaller, I don’t mean less significant. The wonderful part of this production is that everyone realizes that we all are adding something important to this show. When I arrived, I immediately felt welcome and a part of something special. I’m excited to be surrounded by such talented people, who are, not to mention, FUN, and I know we’ll put on a fantastic show!” — Kevin Palardy (Rapunzel’s Prince)


 

FRANK FERRARA AS “THE STEWARD” –  The Steward is Cinderella’s Prince’s right-hand-man. Not only is he surly and extremely bureaucratic, but he is also very full of self-importance throughout the show.

"I don't make the policy... I just enforce it." -- The Steward (Frank Ferrara)

“I don’t make the policy… I just enforce it.” — The Steward (Frank Ferrara)


 

BILL WEIR AS “THE NARRATOR” –  One of the most important roles in the show is the role of The Narrator, he continually drives the show from beginning until… well, until the characters find out what happens after happily ever after.

"Of all the shows I've participated in, or even those I am familiar with, 'Into the Woods' is easily the one that demands the most cooperation and trust among the cast AND crew. Although Sondheim's music is genius, I also much admire the writing of James Lapine, who is equally responsible for weaving so many stories tightly together into a moving, thoughtful and emotional tapestry. I am truly honored and excited to take this journey with this group - they are all, to a person, dedicated, talented, and FUN!" -- Bill Weir (The Narrator)

“Of all the shows I’ve participated in, or even those I am familiar with, ‘Into the Woods’ is easily the one that demands the most cooperation and trust among the cast AND crew. Although Sondheim’s music is genius, I also much admire the writing of James Lapine, who is equally responsible for weaving so many stories tightly together into a moving, thoughtful and emotional tapestry. I am truly honored and excited to take this journey with this group – they are all, to a person, dedicated, talented, and FUN!” — Bill Weir (The Narrator)


 

 

 

Tickets for Into the Woods are $20 for adults, $18 for seniors, and $16 for students and children. Free parking is available next to the theater. CLICK HERE for ticket information.

READ MORE: Meet the Women of INTO THE WOODS

Additional show information can be found by visiting www.PenningtonPlayers.org and clicking on “Into the Woods.”

For all the latest Kelsey Theatre news and information – CLICK HERE!

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