WESTERLY — Students from Westerly Middle School will take the stage this weekend in a variation of a Stephen Sondheim-James Lapine classic.
“Into the Woods Jr.,” will be performed this Friday and Saturday at Westerly Middle School Auditorium by Westerly’s Theatre Scrapbook. The play, full of fairytale favorites, features dozens of local students in a play directed by Antonella DeAngelis, the owner and director of the theatre company.
Cockeyed fairytale comes to life in this adaptation of their groundbreaking, Tony Award-winning musical, according to DeAngelis. “’Into the Woods Jr.’ features all of your favorite characters,” she said, including Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack (and his beanstalk) and the Witch “in this lyrically rich retelling of classic Brothers Grimm fables.”
The musical centers on a baker and his wife who yearn to have a child; Cinderella, who longs to attend the king's festival; and Jack, who wishes his cow would give milk. When the baker and his wife learn that they cannot have a child because of a witch's curse, the two set off on a journey to break the curse and wind up changed forever, the director said.
The cast includes Nicholas Allario, Aiden Arif, Emma Caracciolo, Alex Celico, Mallorey Clark, Shelby Cole, Cara Eaton, Mason Flynn, Lily Fuller, Kelsey Gabriele, Makenzie Gabriele, Kendyll Gaccione, Aislinn Gibson, Penelope Hooper, Payton Irving, Camden Kelly, Autumn Lewis, Dominick Lombard, Frankie Main, Claire Manfredi, Nina McGuire, Aine McManus, Owen Muller, Austin Nelson, Erica Nyberg, Cadence O’Neil, Anna Orphanides, Keira Poquette, Kate Rafferty, Alayna Robbins, Kaya Romano, Savanna Skraba, Fiona Smith, James Smith, McKenna Smith, Quinn Sposato, Brandon Tallardy, Dylan Tallardy, Annabelle Taylor, Margaret Tetlow, Alaina Tripp, Brooke Turano, Amy White and Nora Zerbarini.
“I’m excited to do a more traditional musical theater piece and ‘Into the Woods’ is one of my favorite shows,” says DeAngelis, who brings nearly 15 years of experience working and teaching multiple disciplines in theater. “Every year we get more and more students interested in doing the show and it’s wonderful to see how everyone comes together for theater.”
“Into the Woods Jr.” will be performed Friday, Dec. 8, at 7 p.m., and Saturday, Dec. 9, at 5 p.m., at Westerly Middle School Auditorium, 10 Sandy Hill Road. Tickets can be purchased online at the door 30 minutes prior to curtain. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and $5 students, children under 5 are free. For tickets or more information, visit theatrescrapbook.com.
DeAngelis said the next production on the docket is “Beauty and the Beast Jr.,” scheduled to take place in April.