Theatre season goes 'Into the Woods'

production imageThe search for happily ever after takes some twists and turns as an ensemble cast of SUNY Oswego students ventures “Into the Woods” with the Stephen Sondheim musical.

Taking a new spin on classic Grimm fairy tales and filled with some of Sondheim’s most popular music, “Into the Woods” follows Cinderella, Rapunzel, Prince Charming, Little Red Riding Hood and more in their quest for happiness.

Jonel Langenfeld-Rial of the college’s theatre department directs the production in Tyler Hall’s Waterman Theatre, with musical direction by Todd Graber of Oswego’s music faculty.

“‘Into The Woods’ is full of unexpected twists, and has an equal amount of humor and joy to help balance its tough life lessons,” Langenfeld-Rial said.

Graber said, “When I ponder Stephen Sondheim’s musicals, I think sophisticated, lyric-driven, dramatically-crafted music, and ‘Into the Woods’ is no exception. While individually excerpted numbers may not stand on their own as well as those of other composers like Rodgers or Kern, within the context of a Sondheim show, they are magic.”

The design team includes Tim Baumgartner for scenic and lighting design, Steve Shull for sound design and Kitty Macey for costume design.

The cast includes characters from several fairy tales: Josh Gadek as the Narrator, Olivia Zeis as Little Red Riding Hood, Gregory Reynolds as the Baker, Laura Pavlus as the Baker’s Wife, Erik Shuler as Jack, Christine Duval as Jack’s mother, Ariel Marcus as the Witch, Danielle Valeriano as Rapunzel, Jason White as Rapunzel’s Prince, Jamine Coley as the Steward, Elizabeth Enwright as Cinderella’s stepmother, Maura Koenig as Florinda, Jessica Quindlen as Lucinda, Joannie Anderson as Snow White, Karly Snajczuk as Sleeping Beauty, Sara Weiler as Cinderella, Jonathan Powers as Cinderella’s Prince and the Wolf, Todd Backus as Cinderella’s father and Melissa Erwin playing the roles of Cinderella’s mother, Granny and the Giant.

The curtain will rise at 8 p.m. for performances on April 24, 25 and May 2, with a 2 p.m. Sunday matinee on May 3.

Tickets are $14 for adults ($12 for seniors and students, $7 for SUNY Oswego students). A family discount of $42 for two adults and two children is offered. Additional children’s tickets will be sold for $10 each.  Tickets can be purchased by calling the Tyler box office at 312-2141 or online at

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PHOTO CAPTION: Mixed tales—Little Red Riding Hood (Olivia Zeis) meets the Wolf (Jonathan Powers) in this image for the upcoming SUNY Oswego production of “Into the Woods.”

(Posted: Apr 02, 2009)

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