The Clarkstown South Centerstage Club’s upcoming presentation of “Into the Woods” represents a change from previous shows. Director Kip Bonsignore described the production as a departure from the type of plays the troupe has performed in recent years. The hilarious yet poignant fairytale presents more of an acting and singing challenge for them.
“In the past few years we have done fun and light shows that show some of the students’ musical talents, but not the depth of their acting ability,” said Bonsignore. “Woods is funny and poignant all at the same time allowing the students to have a more legitimate acting experience. Stephen Sondheim is probably one of the most brilliant Broadway composers ever so the complex meters and challenging vocal lines are a great bar for the students to reach for.”
“Into The Woods” was selected also because of the large number of interested and talented students who could the numerous major roles in the show. Approximately 35 students are in the cast, 20 students work in the crew and 20 students perform in the orchestra. For about six of those students, this play marks their first acting experience.
“The show combines many famous fairytale characters and weaves them all into the same story ... much like "Shrek" but in a far more intellectual and complex manner,” said Bonsignore. “The plot focuses around the Baker and his wife who are trying to reverse a curse put on them by the Witch.”
He said the characters of the Witch, Baker, Baker’s Wife, Cinderella and Little Red Riding Hood are the most demanding. Another famous part is that of the Jack from Jack and the Beanstalk. Auditions were held at the end of December and the rehearsals began in January.
As the musical director, Bonsignore works with the singers and conducts the orchestra. He also serves as the advisor to the Centerstage Club. Justin Boccitto is the director and choreographer.
“Into The Woods” is scheduled for four performances at Clarkstown South High School:
- Friday, April 20 at 8 p.m.
- Saturday April 21 at 2 p.m.
- Saturday, April 21 at 8 p.m.
- Sunday, April 22 at 2 p.m.
Tickets cost $10 for students and seniors and $12 for adults and are available by calling call (845) 638-3077. Centerstage, the high school's drama club, and patrons who advertise in the program support the presentation.