The Everett Theatre is staging the production, starting Friday, April 13 at 7:30 p.m., and continuing Saturday, April 14 and Sunday, April 15 at 2 p.m., Friday, April 20 at 7:30 p.m., and Saturday, April 21 and Sunday, April 22 at 2 p.m.
The boy down the street is obsessed with a cow and beans, while his mother is infatuated with money. The baker and his wife are obsessed with having a baby; the witch is crazed for becoming beautiful, and Little Red Ridinghood has a passion for bread and sweets! If any of these obsessions sound vaguely familiar to you, then maybe you already know the story of “Into the Woods.”
Opening Friday, April 13 at the Everett Theatre in Middletown, “‘Into the Woods’ digs into the deeper aspects of fairy tales that are often missed in other versions. The stories really make you think about your dreams and how you want your story to end,” said Stephanie Bailey, who will be playing Rapunzel.
Leslie Bailey (Stepmother) said, “My favorite aspect of the show is, just like a fairy tale, it gives you lessons to live by. There are many different lessons that each character can teach to each member of the audience.”
However, the characters in these fairy tales are not the ones which you would usually expect. Steven Soltow said of his character: “Cinderella's Prince is totally not what we are used to from fairy tale princes. We come to expect that when a Prince marries his princess they live ‘happily ever after.’ But, all of us know that this isn't how life really works… Cinderella's Prince is a great example in this show of a character that turned out to be not as content as they thought they would be when they received what they wanted.”
But it’s not only the storyline and characters that makes this particular production of “Into the Woods” unique; there are several things that make the show shine onstage. Mary Everett, who plays the Baker’s Wife, stated, “Each and every cast member is just genuinely excited to be a part of the production. You can feel the excitement of everyone each time they walk into the theatre.There is just a love for the show from everyone involved.”
“We're a close knit cast and we all really enjoy each other's company. I think our cast chemistry is going to show up on stage,” added Leslie Bailey.
And the cast needs this chemistry, because the show’s composer, Stephen Sondheim, outdoes himself to the Nth degree in composing this musical. Sondheim tells the story through music that jumps from voice to voice, interweaving the lyrics so that what results is both beautiful and entertaining.
As Everett put it: “This show has everything. You will laugh, you will cry, and you will experience magic!”