"Into the Woods" moves to Leamington's The Bank Theatre

Posted on Feb 22, 2017 by Korda Artistic Productions

After a successful Windsor-run, audiences are invited to journey "INTO THE WOODS" with Stephen Sondheim's Music Theatre Classic.

"Into the Woods" Character Art
"Into the Woods" Character Art

“The material of ‘Into the Woods’ is potent stuff – as old as time, or at least as old as fairy tales… Mr. Sondheim’s lyrics and Mr. Lapine’s book tap into the psychological mother lode from which so much of life and literature spring… the conception is brilliant.” – The New York Times.

Leamington's The Bank Theatre, Cardinal Music Productions and Korda Artistic Productions present Sondheim's Tony Award winning musical masterpiece INTO THE WOODS this coming month.

Audience Reactions to "Into the Woods" Windsor run at The KordaZone Theatre
Audience Reactions to "Into the Woods" Windsor run at The KordaZone Theatre

The show runs for four performances only – March 2, 3 & 4 at 7:30PM, and March 5 at 2:00PM at The Bank Theatre & Meeting Place, 10 Erie Street South, Leamington, Ontario. Tickets are $20, and are available through www.banktheatre.com, at partner outlets for the Bank Theatre, and online at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2736726.

The recent Windsor performances of the production at The KordaZone Theatre were sold out most show nights, so purchasing tickets in advance for the Leamington engagement is a good idea. To see photos from the Windsor run, visit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/127347470@N04/sets/72157676363826822.

The fractured fairy tale adventure, with Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, and Book by James Lapine, invites audiences into the epic and entertaining world of The Brothers Grimm for a new fairy tale about wishes, family, and the choices we make. When a Witch takes a childless Baker and his Wife with procuring magical items from classic fairy tales to reverse the curse she placed on their family tree, the two set off on an unforgettable journey ‘into the woods’. They are joined by Cinderella, who wishes to attend the King’s Festival to meet her Prince; Little Red Ridinghood, off to bring some treats to her poor old granny; and Jack, who is on a mother-motivated mission to sell his beloved cow. Deep in the woods, wishes are granted, curses are reversed, and the heroes of our story learn to be careful what you wish for.
During its Broadway run, the original show won the Tony Award for Best Score and Best Book; and the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Musical. A 2002 Revival took home the Tony Ward for Best Revival, and in 2011, the show scored the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Revival. The tale was made into a critically acclaimed Disney Film in 2014, starring Meryl Streep, James Corden, Emily Blunt, Anna Kendrick, Chris Pine and Johnny Depp.

With 45 years experience in the entertainment industry, Joseph Anthony Cardinal directs the Cardinal Music Productions and Korda Artistic Productions version. Musical Direction is by Allen Levack, a local vocalist, coach and instructor. Recent credits for the duo include Fiddler on the Roof, Jekyll & Hyde: The Musical, HAIR: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical, and CATS. Choreography is by Drake Prosser-Spence. The whimsical set is designed by Cardinal and local artist Matthew Burgess, painted by Burgess, and lit by lighting designer Tim Hughes. Costumes are by Tracey B. Atin.

The 20+ ensemble cast includes performers of all ages who have taken local stages with most of our City’s theatre production companies. The cast includes (in order of appearance): David Burrows (as the Narrator and the Mysterious Man), Christine Chemello and Kaitlyn Karns (as Cinderella and the voice of Mother Willow), Zeb Fulcher and Lev Tokol (as Jack), Robert Mero (as Milky White), Christopher Lawrence-Menard (as the Baker), Carla Gyemi (as the Baker’s Wife), Jill Nichol (as Cinderella’s Stepmother), Meredith Garswood (as Florinda, the stepsister), Mikayla Bondy (as Lucinda, the stepsister), Lexie Farrer (as Jack’s Mother), Regan White (as Little Red Ridinghood), Tracey B. Atin (as the Witch), Michael O’Reilly (as Cinderella’s Father), Nina Clare Fasullo (as Grandmother, and the Giant), Gregory L. Girty (as the Wolf, and Cinderella’s Prince), Rebecca Mickle (as Rapunzel), Allen Levack (as Rapunzel’s Prince), and Carom O’Halloran (as the Steward).

For more information, or to arrange an interview or photograph, contact Joseph Anthony Cardinal at 519-944-5800, email cardinalmusic@hotmail.com, or visit www.banktheatre.com, www.cardinalmusicproductions.com OR www.kordazone.com.

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