Stony Batter Players Present “Into the Woods”

Jillian Wilkerson
Stony Batter Players, Mercersburg’s student theatre company, presented its 2016 winter musical, Into the Woods, February 5–7 in the Burgin Center for the Arts’ Simon Theatre.
Click here to see a photo gallery from the production.
The ensemble student cast featured Caroline Casparian ’16 as the Narrator, Thomas Miller ’16 as Jack, Grace Bennett ’19 as Jack’s Mother, Zach McDonald ’17 as the Baker, Katarina Johansson ’16 as the Baker’s Wife, Ava Paul ’18 as Cinderella, Clare Liss ’18 as Cinderella’s Step Mother, Elma Hoffman ’17 as Florinda, Julia Mitchell ’18 as Lucinda, Will Schoenberger ’17 as Cinderella’s Father, Addie Dumm ’18 as Little Red Ridinghood, and Katherine Reber ’17 as the Witch. Click here to see the complete cast list.

Laurie Mufson (Mercersburg’s director of theatre) directed the production, which features music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and is based on the book by James Lapine. Director of Technical Theatre Steve Crick was the set and sound designer, Kelly Dowling (assistant technical theatre director) was the prop designer, and Walt Dowling was the lighting designer. Richard Rotz (the school’s director of music) was the show’s musical director, while James Brinson was vocal music director and Lindsay Owen was the vocal coach.
“This is a really challenging play,” Mufson says. “There is a lot of complexity and subtlety in the music and the journey each character takes.”
Stony Batter Players last performed Into the Woods in winter 2008. A new feature in the 2016 production was student puppeteers performing the roles of numerous animals. Kelly Dowling created the puppets to be used in the show with members of the production’s student tech crew.
“To me, Into the Woods is all about wishes and dreams: what we think we need and want and what happens when we get it,” Mufson says. “Some things we wish for we become, but we don't see them ultimately impact our lives. What's more, the things that ultimately lead to happiness and fulfillment are not always what society paints as the road to happiness.”
The next and final Stony Batter Players production of 2015–2016 will be the annual renewal of Shakespeare Scenes. That performance is scheduled for Saturday, April 30, at 7 p.m. in the Boys’ Garden.
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