Main Street Arts announces cast of “Into the Woods”

SAXTONS RIVER, Vt. – Director David Stern has announced the cast of Main Street Arts’ upcoming production of Steven Sondheim’s musical “Into the Woods.”

“We had terrific talent show up for the auditions, so we’re hyped that this is going to be a great cast and a great show,” he said.

The show opens Friday, Nov. 10 for a two-weekend run, with 7:30 p.m. shows Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. matinees both Sundays and the second Saturday.

The cast includes familiar faces and some new ones. Morganna Ekkens (Baker’s Wife), Brandon Norman (Mysterious Man,Narrator), Andrew Flaherty (Baker), Robin Keefe (Cinderella) and Dom DiBenedetto (Cinderella’s Prince) all appeared in the recent MSA production of “Little Shop of Horrors,” while Victor Brandt (Steward), Libby McCawley (mother to Jack and Cinderella), Zac Binney (Rapunzel’s Prince), Sally Regentine (Granny, Florinda) all appeared in the March production of “Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street.”

Rounding out the cast are Abbie Ladd (Giant, Lucinda), Cassie Dunn (Little Red), Henry O’Connell (Jack), Carolee Williams (Witch), Sophie Bady-Kaye (Rapunzel, Milky White), and Amy Cann (Stepmother). Musical director Ken Olsson will also go onstage as the Wolf and Cinderella’s Father.

Dunn, Bady-Kaye, and O’Connell come to MSA with a strong theater background at the New England Youth Theatre in Brattleboro. Stern said he promises a “very unusual” production, with improvisation lying at the heart of the concept for the show and the story made up as it is being told. “This is a show that will be built as we go,” said Stern. “All actors will be on stage all the time, as will all musicians, and since the show will be built as we go, with everyone on all the time, attendance at rehearsals will be required more often than normal.”

Cast may be called on to be scenery, play an instrument, or sing a part of the orchestration, and members of the orchestra may take lines. “Basically, we are all ‘on stage,’ creating all the time,” he added. “No show should be exactly like the previous one.”

He describes the setting as Grandma’s attic, from which musical fairy tales emerge. Further information about MSA and the production are available at mainstreetarts.org, on Facebook or by contacting MSA at 802-869-2960 or info@mainstreetarts.org.

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