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Into the Woods

August 1 - September 1
Director: Darnell Morris
Music Director: Trent Goldsmith
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An ambivalent Cinderella? A blood-thirsty Little Red Riding Hood? A Prince Charming with a roving eye? They're all among the cockeyed characters in James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim's familiar but fractured fairy tale. When a Baker and his Wife learn they've been cursed with childlessness by the Witch next door, they embark on a quest for the special objects required to break the spell, swindling, lying to and stealing from Cinderella, Little Red, Rapunzel and Jack (the one who climbed the beanstalk). Everyone's wish is granted at the end of Act One, and they seemed poised to live “Happily Ever After”, but the consequences of their actions return to haunt them later, with disastrous results. What begins a lively irreverent fantasy in the style of The Princess Bride becomes a moving lesson about community responsibility, the stories we tell our children, and what happens after “Happily Ever After”. One of Sondheim's most popular works, Into the Woods is a timeless yet relevant piece and a rare modern classic. Winner of five 1997 Drama Desk Awards, including Best Musical, and the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Musical, “Into the Woods” was also a winner of three Tony Awards®: Best Score, Best Book, and Best Actress in a Musical. It was last performed at ASGT in 2001. Musical numbers include “Giants in the Sky”, “Agony”, “Stay With Me”, “Ever After”, “Moments in the Woods”, and “I Know Things Now”. Book by James Lapine. Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. Based on classic fairy tales.

Performance Schedule for Into The Woods

Cast List

Narrator Andrew Sharpe
Cinderella Sarah Treanor
Jack Harrison Smith
Jack’s Mother Cristina Shunk
Baker Scott Gaines
Baker’s Wife Malinda Markland
Cinderella’s Stepmother  Erika Knepp
Florinda Mayumi Baker Griffie
Lucinda Amy Harrison
Little Red Riding Hood Lauren Winther-Hansen
Witch Katrina Sillaman
Cinderella’s Mother/Woods Woman Anastasia Herne
Mysterious Man Steve Karig
Rapunzel Carol Anne Drescher
Rapunzel’s Prince/Wolf  Kelston Thomas
Cinderella’s Prince Alex Xourias
Woodsman/Steward Ian Andrews
Granny, The Giant Mackenzie Blade


Directed by:

Darnell Morris

August 1 - September 1

Darnell Morris has worked as a Director, Acting and Audition Coach, as well as a Professional Actor in the DC metropolitan area for over seven years.
Select directing credits
KAT 2ND STAGE: The Wizard of Oz, A Year with Frog and Toad, School House Rock Live, Willy Wonka, Pippin.
KENSINGTON ARTS THEATRE: Jekyll & Hyde, The Rocky Horror Show.
ANNAPOLIS SUMMER GARDEN THEATRE: Avenue Q, Hairspray, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.
ADVENTURE THEATER MTC (Formerly MUSICAL THEATRE CENTER): FAME Jr, Seussical JR, Disney's Beauty and the Beast, The Wizard of Oz.
Select professional acting credits
WAY OFF BROADWAY DINNER THEATER: The Full Monty (Horse), Thoroughly Modern Millie (Bun Foo u/s performed), A Chorus Line (Richie).
THE WASHINGTON SAVOYARDS: The Condensed Mikado (Pish Tush), Pirates of Penzance (Pirate/Cop), Babes in Toyland (Principal Dancer).
2012 Ruby Griffith Award for Hairspray
2011 Ruby Griffith Award for The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
2009 Ruby Griffith Award for Pippin.
Recently his production of Avenue Q was voted Best Theatrical Production in Bay Weekly's 2012 "Best of the Bay" audience poll.
His production of A Year with Frog and Toad (KAT 2nd Stage) was chosen on Maryland Theatre Guide's "Staff Picks Their Favorites of 2011" under the Children's Theater section.
Additionally his production of Disney's Beauty and the Beast was named one of DC's best shows of 2009 by DC Theatre Scene.
Darnell serves as Producing Director of BRAVO@ KAT-Theatre for Young Artist. He co-created this program as a vehicle for lovers of musical theater in grades 3 through 12 to perform the best of Broadway from Classical Musical Theater to today’s contemporary hits.



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