• Michelle Ferrone

Greenwich High School Students to Perform Into the Woods

This May, the Greenwich High School Theater Department will present Into the Woods, their first mainstage musical since their production of Beauty and the Beast in 2019. Due to the recent coronavirus, GHS was unable to produce a musical in an indoor setting for the past two years, with last year’s production of Bye Bye Birdie performed outside of the Blackbox Theater. This year, however, students will be back in the Performing Arts Center (PAC), and they could not be more excited!

Into the Woods, composed by the late Stephen Sondheim, tells the story of a baker and his wife who want to have a child but are unable to do so because of a witch’s evil curse. To make the potion that will undo the spell, the baker and his wife must collect a milk-white cow, a blood-red cape, hair as yellow as a corn, and a gold slipper - objects that can only be retrieved by venturing into the woods. Along the way, they find their story intertwined with other fairytale characters, including Cinderella, Rapunzel, Little Red Riding Hood and Jack (from Jack and the Beanstalk), each on their own journeys to fulfill a wish. However, as the audience watches each fairytale unfold, it becomes clear that happy endings are not as simple as the characters initially believed.

Patricia Cirigliano, GHS’s Theater Arts teacher, will be directing Into the Woods, with technical direction from Scott Borowka, and musical direction from Matthew Tracy, who is Eastern Middle School’s chorus director. The cast consists of roughly 70 members, who participated in open auditions held in early March. The spring musical is a great opportunity for students of all grade levels to learn more about musical theater and to build relationships through the months of hard work that they dedicate to the show.

When asked about her feelings upon performing a main-stage musical, Colleen Salvate, a sophomore who plays the part of Cinderella, expressed, “I am so excited and grateful to be doing a show inside the PAC this year. The PAC has been empty for three years and it’s time to get a show back in there!”

Colleen also shared her thoughts about Into the Woods specifically, commenting, “[This musical] is a fun and crazy show that transports you to a magical world. I think that this is a great show to do this year, especially with the PAC reopening, because there are so many life lessons we can learn from these characters.”

Performances take place in Greenwich High’s Performing Arts Center on May 19, 20, 21 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased either at the door with cash or credit, or on the GHS website where audience members can choose their seats. Tickets purchased online should be printed out and brought to the theater on the night of the show. Don’t miss your chance to see Into the Woods this spring!

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