North Central College students stage four performances of the musical “Into the Woods” Nov. 7-10.
The performances will be presented at 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7; 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8 and Saturday, Nov. 9; and 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 10 in the College’s Pfeiffer Hall, 310 E. Benton Ave. Tickets are $15/adults and $10/students and senior citizens; call the North Central College Box Office at 630-637-SHOW (7469) or visit northcentralcollege.edu/showtix.
Written by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine, this contemporary musical explores the darker side of fairy tales. When a baker and his wife are put under a spell by the witch next door, they embark upon a quest to find the special items needed to break the spell. While on this quest, they must lie and steal from fairy-tale favorites, including “Cinderella,” “Rapunzel” and “Little Red Riding Hood.”
The production is directed by guest artist Jim Beaudry and musical production by guest musical director Linda Madonia.
The cast for “Into the Woods” features (role, actor, major, hometown):
Narrator/Mysterious Man: Warren Dailey, a senior economics, finance and theatre major from Minooka
Cinderella: Cassandra Nelson, a senior musical theatre major from Lincoln, Neb.
Jack: Jack Ryan, a junior mathematics and musical theatre major from Warrenville
The Baker: Nik Kmiecik, a junior musical theatre major from West Chicago
The Baker’s Wife: Colleen DeRosa, a sophomore theatre and speech communication major from Downers Grove
Cinderella’s Stepmother: Hillary Haymond, a senior theatre major from Plainfield
Florinda/Voice of the Giant: Chelsea Ward, a junior musical theatre major from Naperville
Lucinda: Amanda Rose, a senior theatre major from Goshen, Ind.
Jack’s Mother: Sarah Fons, a freshman musical theatre major from Stoughton, Wis.
Little Red Riding hood: Bethany Schick, a senior theatre major from Yorkville
The Witch: Tina Naponelli, a junior theatre major from Crystal Lake
Cinderella’s Father: Derek Bacon, a senior musical theatre and theatre major from Osceola, IN
Cinderella’s Mother/Grandmother: Noelle Humbert, a sophmore theatre and organizational communication major from Geneva
Cinderella’s Prince: Hunter Lindner, a senior theatre major from Sandwich
Rapunzel: Jane Marshall, a senior music major from Darien
Rapunzel’s Prince/Wolf: Aronzo Traylor, a sophomore musical theatre major from Chicago
Steward: Jake Drouillard, a junior musical theatre major from Erie, Mich.
Sleeping Beauty: Jessie Eastman, a freshman physics major from Morris
Snow White: Amanda Zgonina, a freshman musical theatre major from Elmhurst
North Central College offers majors in theatre or musical theatre and a minor in dance. A full range of acting and dance classes is available, as well as opportunities to direct a full-length production. Students of all majors can participate in musical and nonmusical performances, actor showcases and one-act plays and performances in the College’s four theatre venues. Full-time professors and active professionals who are artist-teachers serve as faculty. Visit northcentralcollege.edu/majors/theatre to learn more about studying theatre at North Central College.