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Friday, October 14, 2011

Lauralton Hall Presents "Into the Woods"

Lauralton Hall’s 2011 Musical Production of Stephen Sondheim’s Into the Woods
You’ll never look at fairy tales the same way again
Milford, October 13, 2011 – Lauralton Hall presents Into the Woods, a popular and beloved musical based on the book by James Lapine with music and lyrics by the legendary Stephen Sondheim.
The musical intertwines the plots of several well-known The Brothers Grimm fairy tales – Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, Rapunzel and Cinderella – with an original story of a childless baker and his wife who attempt to reverse a curse on their family in order to have a child. The play takes on a twist as all the characters must deal with what happens after the traditional ending of “happily ever after”. Does marrying a prince really lead to a fulfilling life, or is the giant always wrong?
Into the Woods showcases a gifted cast of Lauralton Hall students whose vocal, acting and musical talents bring to life both the lovable and frightful fairy tale characters we all grew up reading about. Their enthusiasm and high energy will keep you on the edge as this thoughtful and unforgettable story unfolds on stage. It will be an evening of riveting entertainment the whole family will enjoy.
The cast includes Briana Archer ‘12 as Jack’s Mother, Victoria Conaway ’12 as Cinderella, Avalon Esposito ’12 as the Narrator, Amy Patterson ’12 as Lucinda, Cinderella’s younger step-sister, Rajane Brown ’13 as the Witch, Brigid Rooney ‘13 as Cinderella’s Stepmother, Carolyn Savoi ’13 as Jack, Sarah Yoney ’13 as Little Red Riding Hood, Rhiannon Crandley ’14 as Rapunzel, Brenna Donahue ’14 as the Baker’s Wife, Alisa Knight ‘14 as Granny and the Giant, and Emily Shea ’14 as Florinda, Cinderella’s older step-sister. Joining Lauralton Hall in some of the male leads are Kyle Banquer as the Wolf and Cinderella’s Prince and Ben Brown as the Mysterious Man, both seniors at Fairfield Prep, James Brogan, a senior at St. Joseph’s, as the Steward and Kevin Durkee, a freshman at Amity High School, as Rapunzel’s Prince. Completing the play’s ensemble cast are many artistic student musicians and chorus.
Behind the scenes at Lauralton Hall, two people in particular deserve much of the credit for the school’s reputation for producing acclaimed theatrical productions. For ten years, musical director Margaret Sargent, whose lifelong passion with the arts has led her to chair the fine arts department, has taught all performing arts classes as well as Honors and AP music theory classes. She holds a master of music in vocal performance and an artists’ diploma from Manhattan School of Music. Her trusted collaborator is Susan Cavar, science teacher, who has served as business manager for over six years overseeing the myriad details of putting on large stage productions.
Into the Woods performances are Friday, October 28 at 7:30 pm, Saturday, October 29 at 7:00 pm with a Sunday, October 30 matinee at 2:30 pm at the Parsons Center Auditorium, 70 West Main Street, Milford. Tickets will be sold at the door, $15 adults, $10 students and seniors.
For more event information, contact Margaret Sargent |Chair, Fine Arts Department | 203.877-2786 or
Attached: Into the Woods show poster


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