NightWind Productions presents Into the Woods by Stephen Sondheim
Directed by Kevin Horne
Happy Holidays!!! In this season of giving, we hope that you can add us to your Holiday list :) We only have a limited time to raise the necessary funds, so please help spread the word!
An ambivalent Cinderella? A blood-thirsty Little Red Ridinghood? A Prince Charming with a roving eye? A Witch...who raps? They're all among the cockeyed characters in James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim's 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, but the consequences of their actions return to haunt them late with disastrous results. What begins a lively irreverent fantasy in the style of The Princess Bride becomes a moving lesson about community responsibility and the stories we tell our children.
One of Sondheim's most popular works, Into the Woods is a timeless yet relevant piece and a rare modern classic.
We are planning on producing this amazing musical in January 2012, showcasing the huge array of talent working at Great Performances Caterers, New York City's premier catering company.
All the cast are professional working actors - Broadway and National Tour veterans, commercial and television regulars - working "day jobs" as caterers for Great Performances (GP for short). GP was originally founded as a waiter staffing agancy for women in the arts. It has since expanded into one of NYC's largest catering companies.
GP has a non-profit arm, The Sylvia Center. www.sylviacenter.org Working from Katchkie Farm in Kinderhook, NY and out of the Teaching Kitchen in Hudson Square, The Sylvia Center brings food education to underpriveliged kids in New York City. It's an organization we are very proud of and believe in, so we will be donating a portion of the proceeds from Into the Woods to The Sylvia Center.
We love the fact that we are artists working for a company that was created to help artists, and now because of that help we can give back to our community through our art. It has a nice ring to it.
We all know each other from our survival job, and now we are pooling our resources to produce this show. And we can't do it alone.
We have leveraged GP's business relationships with vendors to acquire theatre space, lights, sound, costumes, etc. But now we need to raise funds to take advantage of these opportunities before the offers expire!
Into the Woods is one of the all-time great ensemble pieces. While some parts are bigger than others, each character gets a chance to shine. It's our goal to tell these stories simply, so that we can let Stephen Sondheim's beautiful music and lyrics, and James Lapine's fantastic book speak for themselves.
There has been a huge outpouring of support for this production already. We have commitments for a great number of the items needed to produce this show, and everyone involved is donating their time, or giving us their professional services at hugely discounted rates.
But producing shows in New York is extremely expensive, and we are doing this all on our own. So your generous donations will help us rent or purchase:
- Performance Space
- Rehearsal Space
- Lights and Sound
- Lighting Designer
- Performance Royalties
- Theatre Insurance
- General Liability Insurance
- Stage Manager
And for those of you new to Kickstarter - your gifts are entirely safe. No one is charged until the project has been fully funded - so if we don't make our funding goals, no money changes hands at all. And all the payments are handled by Amazon Payments, so your information is entirely secure.
We have a fantastic cast lined up, with Broadway credits in Les Miserables, Camelot, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum; touring credits in Cats, Grand Hotel, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels; and regional productions of Beauty and the Beast, A Little Night Music, Forever Plaid, My Fair Lady, and 42nd Street, just to name a few.
- Baker - Nick Locilento*
- Baker's Wife - Marnie Nicolella*
- Jack - Josh Bishop
- Jack's Mother - Rita Wozniak*
- Cinderella - McClain Kitchens*
- Stepmother - Alison Edwards*
- Florinda - Ashlynn Alexander
- Lucinda - Claire Kennedy*
- Cinderella's Father - Mitchell Bonta*
- Cinderella's Mother - Ellen Christi
- Little Red - Aubrey Elson
- Granny - Maryellen Toomey
- Witch - Molly Walsh*
- Rapunzel - Jonelle Margallo*
- Cinderella's Prince - Steve Asciola*
- Wolf - Kevin Horne*
- Rapunzel's Prince -Tony Romero*
- Mysterious Man - David DuPont*
- Narrator - James Robinson*
- Steward - Perryn Pomatto*
- Snow White - Sarah Kemmeter
- Sleeping Beauty - Kim David
- Milky White/Giant - Tekla Vassie
*Member of Actor's Equity Association
Great Performances has a deep commitment to the artistic community, especially when those artists are part of the company.
GP maintains a section of its website dedicated to the artistic accomplishments of the GP staff, and there are literally hundreds more besides the cast members of Into the Woods. Feel free to check them out at http://www.greatperformances.com/category/blogs/dish/staff-news:
So please help us this Holiday season and give the gift of theatre to New York City. And please help us spread the word - tell your family and friends, "Like' us on Facebook, Tweet, email... we can use all the friends we can get!
- (20 days)