One of Stephen Sondheim’s classic musicals, “Into the Woods” was inspired by the original Brothers Grimms stories. The musical was adapted into a film of the same name in 2014.
“Into the Woods” puts a twist on all the fairy tales you’ve grown up hearing, in part by crossing their storylines together – and by teaching each character one very important lesson: “Be careful what you wish for.”
The story, told by the Narrator (Yitzi Turniansky), follows a childless baker (Gabe Lewin) and the baker’s wife (Nicole Smith), who wish to have a child; Cinderella (Hannah Elliott), who wishes to go the King’s Festival; and Jack (Pinny Schacter), who wishes his cow would give some milk. After the neighborhood witch (Sherry Benedek) pays a visit to the baker and his wife and reveals that she placed a curse on their family, the two set off on a journey into the woods to reverse the curse.
While in the woods, we meet Little Red Riding Hood (Carly Dagilis) as she goes to visit her grandmother (Ashley Case); a wolf (Michael Turniansky) who loves tasty little girls; the witch’s daughter Rapunzel (Ilyssa Rubin), and the princes chasing after their loves (Eitan Murinson as Rapunzel’s prince, Paul Kennedy as Cinderella’s prince).
And that is all just in Act I!
Performing as Jack is local Jewish singer Pinny Schacter, who has performed with renowned acts like Jewish rapper Nissim and Israeli-American rock band Moshav Band. The “Into the Woods” cast also features current BT students Gabi D. ‘21, Josh A. ‘20 and Talia L. ‘24; BT alumni Ashley Case ‘18, Eitan Murinson ‘19, Ilyssa Rubin ‘17 and Hillel Stutman ‘16; BT parents Gabe Lewin and Mike Adelstein; and staff member and alumna Sherry Benedek ‘06.
“Into the Woods” runs Aug. 18 at 2 p.m. and Aug. 20 & 21 at 7 p.m. in the H. Morton Rosen Theater at Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community School. Attendees should come in through the high school entrance.
Tickets are $15 general admission, $10 for seniors and student admission. Tickets are available now at bethtfiloh.com/bttheater or 410-413-2417.