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Make It a Point to see “Into the Woods” at St. Catherine’s in Ringwood, NJ!

By Shelley Bromberg

originally published: 08/02/2016

Make It a Point to see “Into the Woods” at St. Catherine’s in Ringwood, NJ!

What happens when the happy endings of fairy tales collide with the everyday problems of the real world?

This question and more are answered in the current St. Catherine’s Performing Arts Guild/Mainstage presentation of Stephen Sondheim’s treasured musical, Into the Woods. Director Diana Roth-Fili and musical director Fabiola Leion-Catalano have created a lively and whimsical production which features a strong and talented ensemble. This is a must-see show presently running at the St. Catherine Parish Center located in Ringwood, NJ.

Into the Woods explores the world of beloved fairytale characters from our childhoods such as Jack of Jack and the Beanstack fame (James Russo), Jack’s mother (Fran Leonardis), a Witch (Kelly Wenz), Little Red Riding Hood (Nicole Boscarino), Rapunzel (Jessica Albano), Rapunzel’s Prince (John Burke), in addition to Cinderella (Cassandra Lindeblad), Cinderella’s Prince (Michael Smith-Gallo), Cinderella’s stepsisters Lucinda and Florinda (Laura O’Meara and Krisen Rotello), Cinderella’s stepmother (Katie Kennedy) and Cinderella’s father (Larry Leonardis).

New characters include The Baker (Louis Yorey), The Baker’s Wife (Laura Santo), and a female giant (voice of Denise Maclean).

In the first act, the characters go into the woods to find their happily-ever-afters. The Baker and his wife learn that the Witch has placed a curse on them, and they will need to produce a cow as white as milk, a cape as red as blood, slippers as pure as gold, and hair as yellow as corn to break the curse and have a child. Meanwhile, Jack’s overprotective mother directs Jack to sell his best friend and cow, Milky White. In an interesting twist, Cinderella is running and hiding from her prince, and Little Red Riding Hood is going to deliver food to her Granny. The witch is having difficulty sheltering the beautiful songstress, Rapunzel, whom she snatched as a baby and locked away in a tower. Rapunzel is now the desire of a prince, who secretly meets with her and asks her to let down her hair. Through unexpected twists and turns, all is tied up neatly at the end of Act I and happily-ever-after appears before the end of the act.

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Or does it?

In Act II viewers learn that there is no such thing as happily-ever-after, even for our beloved fairy tale characters. For example, although The Baker and his wife now have their baby, their cottage is too small and, before too long, things get even worse when it is crushed by a giant. To stop this menace, The Baker seeks the assistance of a now-determined Jack; Jack’s mother, who shows no interest; and Cinderella’s entourage in the castle. Little Red Riding Hood’s house also seems to have been damaged, too. So Jack, Little Red Riding Hood, The Baker, and The Baker’s Wife must head back into the woods to destroy the giant, who is now seeking retribution for the loss of her spouse. The new group must find a way to trick her and, in the process, new and unexpected friendships are forged.

The cast of Into the Woods is very talented. They perform strongly both individually and in their ensemble numbers, most notably the prologue, “Into the Woods,” “First Midnight,” “So Happy,” and the finale, “Children Will Listen.” The audience is treated to strong and Broadway-style voices. The orchestra, composed of both professionals along with high school students, performs the Sondheim music brilliantly. In the end, the audience members come to their feet with a rousing standing ovation!

The magic continues this Friday, Aug. 5, and Saturday, Aug. 6, at 8:00 PM and this Sunday, Aug. 7, at 2:00 PM at St. Catherine’s Parish Center, 112 Erskine Road in Ringwood, NJ. Tickets can be ordered in advance via email to Tickets are $23.00 for adults and $20 for Students/Seniors and $12.00 for children 12 and under.

Photo by Love Imagery.  For more by Shelley Bromberg click here.

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(FAIR LAWN, NJ) -- Old Library Theatre, Fair Lawn Recreation Department's resident theater company, presents Parade. Six performances only: October 12, 13, 19 & 20 at 8:00pm and October 14 & 21 at 2:00pm.  Parade tells the story of Leo Frank, a Brooklyn-raised Jew living in Georgia in 1913, who is put on trial for the murder of thirteen-year-old Mary Phagan, a factory worker under his employ.
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(UNION, NJ) -- Premiere Stages at Kean University will present Martin Casella’s Black Tom Island from October 11-21 at Liberty Hall Museum (1003 Morris Avenue, Union, N.J.). Originally commissioned over a two-year cycle through Premiere’s Liberty Live Commission, Black Tom Island will feature actors Damian Buzzerio, Mason Hensley, Jenna Krasowski and Bart Shatto. Producing artistic director John J. Wooten directs.
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Event calendar
Saturday, Sep 22, 2018


Asbury Park Porchfest @ Booskerdoo, Asbury Park - 12:00pm

Carl Chesna & Co. @ Hotel Tides, Asbury Park - 1:00pm

Echoes @ The Stone Pony, Asbury Park - 7:00pm

Cole Swindell @ Hard Rock Live Etess Arena at Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Atlantic City, Atlantic City - 8:00pm

GRUPO NICHE @ Bergen Performing Arts Center (bergenPAC), Englewood - 8:00pm

The History of Motown @ Englewood Public Library, Englewood - 7:00pm

Drake Bell @ iPlay America, Freehold - 7:00pm

Classic Stones Live feat. The Glimmer Twins @ The Levoy Theatre, Millville - 8:00pm

Opera Theatre of Montclair Presents Hansel and Gretel @ Central Presbyterian Church, Montclair - 4:00pm

Oscar D’León with Tony Vega and Los Hermanos Moreno @ Prudential Hall @ New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC), Newark - 8:00pm

SunDog Band at Duffy's Tavern, Paterson NJ @ Duffy's Tavern, Paterson NJ, Paterson - 9:00pm

Celtic Thunder X @ Count Basie Center For The Arts, Red Bank - 8:00pm

Young Person's Concert @ River Dell Middle School Auditorium, River Edge - 1:00pm

Tigerman record release show for “Descend Into Savagery” @ Debonair Music Hall, Teaneck - 8:00pm

Hubby Jenkins @ Lizzie Rose Music Room, Tuckerton - 7:30pm


Souvenir @ Surflight Theatre, Beach Haven - 8:00pm

East Lynne Theater Company presents SILENT SKY @ First Presbyterian Church (Cape May), Cape May - 8:00pm

The Shuck @ Cape May Stage, Cape May - 3:00pm and 7:30pm

Incorruptible @ Ritz Theatre Company, Haddon Township - 8:00pm

West End Festival of the Arts- Theatre Brut Session 2 @ West End Arts Center, Long Branch - 2:00pm

Evita @ Broadway Theatre of Pitman, Pitman - 2:00pm and 8:00pm

Seuls en Scene French Theater Festival - "Claire, Anton et Eux" @ Class of 1970 Theatre, Whitman College, Princeton - 2:00pm and 8:00pm

HUMAN ERROR by Eric Pfeffinger @ West Windsor Arts Center, Princeton Junction - 8:00pm

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest @ Black Box PAC, Teaneck - 8:00pm

Assisted Living: The Musical @ Jay & Linda Grunin Center For The Arts At Ocean County College, Toms River - 2:00pm

Brick City @ Premiere Stages at Kean University, Union - 3:00pm


SWAN LAKE - THE ATLANTIC CITY BALLET @ The Strand Theater, Lakewood - 7:00pm

SOLE Defined @ Mainstage @ Union County Performing Arts Center (UCPAC), Rahway - 8:00pm


Monthly Saturday Writing Retreats @ Tiferet Journal, Bernardsville - 9:00am

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