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WHS and WMS Students Come Together for “Into The Woods”

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The Baker (Tallardy) and the Witch (Berardo) dispute a point.

The Baker (Tallardy) and the Witch (Berardo) dispute a point.

Jayce DuBrule

Jayce DuBrule

The Baker (Tallardy) and the Witch (Berardo) dispute a point.

Jayce DuBrule, Staff Reporter

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Theatre Scrapbook premiered the musical Into The Woods on Friday, May 4th and Saturday the 5th at Westerly High School. Although the set only included two wooden benches and a single table, the acting and singing made up for the barebones stage. The admission was $15 for adults, $10 for senior citizens, and $5 for students.

Into The Woods is a Broadway play centered around a cursed couple wishing for a child, with inspirations from Grimm Brothers’ fairy tales such as Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella, Jack and the Beanstalk, and Rapunzel.

The play included 16 cast members. WHS sophomore Marissa Berardo played the Witch, and sophomore Janna Califf portrayed both the Giant and the cow. Sophomore Madison Arujio played dual roles (Lucinda/Steward). Three freshmen participated as well: Lily Morrone was the Narrator, Maddie O’Neil was the Baker’s Wife, and Hope Urbonas played Cinderella.

Multiple WMS eighth graders stepped up to fill in other important roles, such as the Baker (played by Brandon Tallardy), Jack, and Cinderella’s Prince (dual roles played by Alex Celico), and Little Red Riding Hood (played by Aislinn Gibson). Kendyll Gaccione and Owen Muller also had significant parts.

Brandon Tallardy expressed, “The musical Into The Woods had a very challenging style of music to master, but once you got it, it’s almost like you know it for life. By far my favorite part of the play was being able to work with the phenomenal actors and actresses who put so much effort into making this show truly amazing.”

Alex Celico stated, “The show has such a deep meaning inside it and is more than just a combination of classic fairytales we all know and love. It is about the true essence of life. ‘Careful the things you say, children will listen.’ The show deals with many life struggles, including the consequences of wishing, being careful what you wish for, adultery, loathing, lust, and overall death.”

Clearly Westerly High and Middle schoolers displayed lots of talent with their performance. Hopefully in the near future the students will begin their work on another excellent play for the people of Westerly to enjoy.

 

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