Cover Story: Heading “Into The Woods” with Pow Wow 2017


by Moira Grainger
photos courtesy of Dr. Eddie Hooker

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  • Nolan Heffernan, Laura Sharp, Jack Johnson and the horse Nolan Heffernan, Laura Sharp, Jack Johnson and the horse
  • Charlie Rhoad as The Wolf Charlie Rhoad as The Wolf
  • Kyle Goold as the Mysterious Old Man Kyle Goold as the Mysterious Old Man
  • Kyle Goold as the narrator Kyle Goold as the narrator
  • Jonah Sorcher and Maggie McKenna discuss the difficult choice to sell “Milky White,” the family’s cow Jonah Sorcher and Maggie McKenna discuss the difficult choice to sell “Milky White,” the family’s cow
  • Laura Waltman and Nick Saba (baker and wife) look on as Leah Mossman, a deliciously wicked Witch, reminds of their family’s curse Laura Waltman and Nick Saba (baker and wife) look on as Leah Mossman, a deliciously wicked Witch, reminds of their family’s curse
  • Charlie Rhoad and Natalie Miles Charlie Rhoad and Natalie Miles
  • Grace Cail (center) as Granny in an ensemble Grace Cail (center) as Granny in an ensemble
  • Jack Johnson (Cinderella’s Prince) and Karthik Raturi (Rapunzel’s prince) sing of love Jack Johnson (Cinderella’s Prince) and Karthik Raturi (Rapunzel’s prince) sing of love
  • Cinderella (Katherine Sharp) and the Baker's Wife (Laura Waltman) fight over her golden slipper Cinderella (Katherine Sharp) and the Baker's Wife (Laura Waltman) fight over her golden slipper
  • The Witch (Leah Mossman) trades away her power for her youth and beauty The Witch (Leah Mossman) trades away her power for her youth and beauty
  • All the characters cross paths in the Woods and the stories start to unravel. All the characters cross paths in the Woods and the stories start to unravel.
  • The surviving characters try to figure out how to elude the angry Giant who is wreaking havoc in the land. The surviving characters try to figure out how to elude the angry Giant who is wreaking havoc in the land.
  • Rapunzel (Haley Ward) let's down her hair only to have the Baker's Wife gLaura Waltman) steal some locks for a magic potion Rapunzel (Haley Ward) let's down her hair only to have the Baker's Wife gLaura Waltman) steal some locks for a magic potion
  • Group photos Group photos
  • Group photos Group photos
  • Opening scene and theme of the show Opening scene and theme of the show
  • Ensemble singers Anna Lewis, Sebastian Kong, and Hend Halabi Ensemble singers Anna Lewis, Sebastian Kong, and Hend Halabi
  • Nella Schwanekamp , Elina Govil, Antonio Vega Torres Nella Schwanekamp , Elina Govil, Antonio Vega Torres
  • Team Manager: Riley Brandenburg Team Manager: Riley Brandenburg
     


Indian Hill Theatre celebrated its 2017 season with an impressive rendition of “Into The Woods” with stunning costumes and memorable performances by the cast of more than 70 students. “Into the Woods" is a modern twist on several of the beloved Brothers Grimm fairy tales, intertwining the plots of a few choice stories and exploring the consequences of the characters' wishes and quests. This humorous and heartfelt musical follows the classic tales of Cinderella (Katherine Sharp), Little Red Riding Hood (Natalie Miles), Jack and the Beanstalk (Jonah Sorscher), and Rapunzel (Haley Ward)-all tied together by an original story involving a baker and his wife (Nick Saba and Laura Waltman), their wish to begin a family and their interaction with the witch (Leah Mossman) who has put a curse on them. There are so many memorable cameo performances, it is difficult to list them all here, but kudos to Nella Schwanekamp as the Goddess of Nature; Charlie Rhoad as the Wolf/Woodsman; Jack Johnson as Cinderella’s Prince; Grace Cail as Granny; Elizabeth B ode as Florinda; Rachel Jarard as Lucinda; Emily Eliason as Cinderella’s Stepmother; and Kyle Goold, who hit a home r un as the Narrator/Mysterious Man.

The show, with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim is tied together by the story involving a childless baker and his wife and their quest to begin a family (the original beginning of The Grimm Brothers’ Rapunzel) and their interaction with a witch who has placed a curse on them. The plot grows increasingly more complex as their paths interweave and tangle with other storybook characters as they move along their journey. Audiences experienced snippets of “Little Red Riding Hood,” “Rapunzel,” “Jack and the Beanstalk,” and “Cinderella,” along with a few other recognizable story threads.

Stated show director Katie Arber, “Be Careful What You Wish For” is a phrase clearly seen when audiences enter the auditorium.  Once viewers head “Into the Woods,” our world jumps to life with the cast.  The dance ensemble is an extension of our storytelling as they help safely guide us through the woods.  Adding this extra dimension was no easy task, and the cast and crew worked incredibly hard to bring “our” woods to life. The actors’ and director’s hard work certainly paid off, with memorable performances from all!

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