Fairytale Fantasy "Into the Woods" Presented by La Salle High School Enchants Audiences at Portico's Art Space

March 9 - 17

Published : Friday, March 9, 2018 | 1:52 PM

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Stephen Sondheim’s “Into the Woods” will open March 9 through 17 for a limited musical engagement courtesy of La Salle High School Arts and Media Department. While the witty storybook mash-up was most recently reinvented as a Disney film in 2014, this production of “Into the Woods” is the compelling original stage production. The story follows a childless baker and his wife who set out on a mission to start a family, but must first break a witch’s curse. Their travels bring them to interact with favorite fairytale characters such as “Little Red Riding Hood,” “Jack and the Beanstock,” “Rapunzel,” “Cinderella,” and more. This Sondheim favorite is a delightful romp with a dose of reality thrown in the mix that makes one question happily ever after.

La Salle High School 15-year veteran, Dr. Jude Lucas, directs the cast and remarks, “We invite you to take a magical journey into the woods with us! There are 55 students creating this production and their unique talents and hard work have really created something special.”

For tickets and information, call hotline (626) 696-4415 or email dneedles@lasallehs.org. Opening night is Friday, March 9 at 7 p.m.; followed by performances on Saturday, March 10 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.; Sunday, March 11 at 4 p.m.; Friday, March 16 at 7 p.m.; and Saturday, March 17 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets are Adults: $17 and Students: $10 (any student, regardless of school or age). The performances will be held at Porticos Art Space, on the grounds of St. James Methodist Church, located at 2033 E. Washington Boulevard. Pasadena.

The cast of “Into the Woods” includes La Salle High School students (in alphabetical order):

Emma Adams (Cinderella’s Mother); Anthony Becerra (Baker); Briana Beddawi (Granny); Cami Brown (Cinderella); Brooke Colton (Ensemble); Ashley Conlon (Dancer); Alyssa Cortes (Lucinda); Benjamin Damir (Mysterious Man); Grace Elia (Snow White); Maya Enrequez (Stepmother); James Fall (Jack); Giana Froio (Ensemble); Daniella Gersh (Jack’s Mother); Mary Harmon (Baker’s Wife);  Leyna Hong (Sleeping Beauty); Anthony Kyriakakis (Narrator); Carlee Ladesich (Little Red Riding Hood); Georgia Lutantowidjojo (Rapunzel); Hallie Milton (Dancer); Hunter Newell (Mysterious Man); Evelyn Ogier (Ensemble); Joshua Ng (Steward); Amanda Paulak (Florinda); Drew Pickett (Wolf 1); Elijah Reyes (Cinderella’s Prince); Oliver Richards (Narrator); Joseph Rivera (Wolf 2); Milo Sariol (Wolf 2); Lilly Sayenga (Rapunzel); Clayton Searcy (Jack); Mihi Stanek (Little Red Riding Hood); Alexander Weitzel (Rapunzel’s Prince); and Kaiya Wilson (Witch).

The technical crew includes: Vincent Alipio, Natalie Bahou, Annika Bohanec, Abbey Christopher, Ashley Conlon, Connor Brown, Kriztina Espinosa, Tracey Gibbs, Melody Griffith, Sebastian de Kansky, Kees Hood, Alexis Lazaro, Katerina Lingenfelser, Ziraili Martinez, Kate Mena, Anaise (Nisi) Nugent, Katie Nuzzi, Noelle Shimazu, Ramona Stanley, and Gianna Vazira.

La Salle High School proudly features the following student musicians for “Into the Woods:”

Brian Boull’t (saxophone); Naman Casas (percussion); Justyne Dagdagan (cello); Jake Hansen (cello); Nathan Lee (saxophone); Long Lin (percussion); and Sam Southard (violin).

Part of La Salle High School’s Arts and Media Department, the La Salle High School Theatre Department is comprised of students in theatre courses as well as students involved in the department’s production and activities. La Salle Theatre produces three major productions each year – a fall play, a winter play and a spring musical. Any student who is academically eligible can audition for these productions or participate on a technical crew. Student involvement may include acting, musical accompaniment, stage and costume design, lighting crew, sound crew, stage crew, advertising and promotion, ticket sales, and other behind the scenes activities. In addition to these productions, students participate in DTASC (Drama Teachers Association of California) competition in the fall semester. La Salle High School seeks to be an inclusive, creative, and collaborative department where artistic and personal growth are our highest goals.

La Salle High School, located in Pasadena, is dedicated to excellent student performance in academics, arts and athletics. Of particular importance is La Salle High School’s call to carry out the mission established by its founder, Saint John Baptist De La Salle, “to give a human and Christian education to the young, especially the poor.” Lancer athletics, student life, visual and performing arts, honors and service societies, student clubs and organizations, and student television broadcasts and publications

La Salle High School, 3880 E. Sierra Madre Blvd., Pasadena, (626) 351-8951 or visit www.lasallehs.org.









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