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Friday, February 6, 2009

Into the Woods, Jr. opens in Carlisle on February 10

“CHILDREN WILL LISTEN.” This lyric from Into the Woods, Jr. aptly describes this group of players in rehearsal, listening to direction from their teachers. Left to right: Audrey Stein, Fiona Kinmouth, Jessie Kocak, Luria Lee and Tom Moore. (Photo by Allie Cottrill)

The process for the seventh grade play has begun in a flourish. This year’s play is Into the Woods, Junior, which is many fractured fairy tales, such as “Cinderella,” “Little Red Riding Hood,” “Rapunzel” and “Jack and the Beanstalk.” The fantastic play is a story with dancing and singing, while everyone in the play is searching for something.

Have you have ever wondered what a fractured fairy tale is? A fractured fairy tale is an original fairy tale, like “Cinderella,” twisted a little to make the story a little different, possibly to make the story funnier, or more serious, or just to add your personal touch to it. You can get a feel for what one is like at this year’s seventh grade play.

This year the play has three wonderful directors and excellent producers. The directors are Elizabeth Gutterman, Katrina Rotondi and Megan Harlow, Carlisle’s choral director. Ms. Gutterman was the owner of a small theater company off Broadway before she came to Carlisle and she is now teaching first grade. Ms. Rotondi is a dance instructor. The producers are Joan Konuk, Janet Hentschel and Elaine Bojanic. The producers picked Into the Woods, Junior from many shows. They chose this play because they thought that the audience and the cast would enjoy it most and that it was within the seventh graders’ abilities.

Every member of the cast and crew is working hard and getting excited for the opening of the play. Tori Forelli, who plays the Witch, says, “I am very excited to be in the play and I am ready for the challenge of memorizing so many lines.” The play’s narrators, played by Emma Brandhorst, Katie Fry, Haley Proctor and Morgan Smith, all agree. Lauren Rayson, one of the trees, says, “I like my role in the play and I really love the dancing. My favorite scene is the festival.” Michael Margolies, who is a member of the sound crew, says, “Sound is fun and pretty cool. I enjoy technology so I like my role.” In a conversation with Ms. Harlow, she remarked that she is “feeling the pressure of the play being only two weeks away but it has been a pleasure working with this year’s seventh grade class.”

Rehearsals, which are every day from 3 p.m. to 5:15 p.m., began right after the holiday break. The directors and the producers have put in tremendous amounts of effort to make sure things are running smoothly and on time. All of the seventh-graders are working their hardest to learn their lines, memorize the songs, master the dance steps and coordinate the sound and lights – all while juggling their many other activities and getting their homework done on time.

The costumes in this play are all going to be very colorful and exciting. Most of the girls are wearing dresses that go down to their feet or the floor. Some of the boys are wearing vests, trousers and off-white shirts. An example of one of these amazing outfits is the Witch’s costume, which is a green robe with a hood and leaves around the shoulders. The parents have volunteered to make, buy or donate cloth for these costumes.

If you remember Once Upon A Mattress, when there were all of those fun acrobatics, then you will enjoy this great show. For those of you who did not see that production, you will love this one.

To learn more and see the play, come to one of the three shows, February 10, 11 and 12. Tuesday, the 10th, is the matinee show starting at 3:30 p.m.; Wednesday and Thursday are the evening shows starting at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available at Ferns Country Store for $8. We hope to see you there!

Editor’s note: Whitney is part of the Woods Ensemble and Emma is a member of the sound crew.

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