Dates: October 1-2, 7-9, 14-16, 21-23, 2022
Post Show Q&A on October 9th and 16th
The story follows a Baker and his wife who wish to have a child; Cinderella, who wishes to escape her impoverished circumstances and dance with the Prince; and Jack, who’s got his head in the clouds and a mother who would like him to be grounded in reality.
When the Baker and his wife learn of a Witch’s curse that will prevent them from ever having children, they must set off into the woods to break the spell. Also in the woods is Little Red on the path to visit her grandmother, and a Wolf who would like to lure her to stray; Rapunzel who longs to leave her tower; and two Princes pursuing love.
By the time everyone has their wish and are seemingly about to live happily ever after, the consequences of their actions loom over them. The community must overcome casting blame to unite and save the life they know from impending doom! It just might be that living “happily ever after” comes at the cost of great sacrifices.
Director: Joel Murphy
Joel Murphy was assistant director of HAIR in 2021. Prior to that he directed And Then There Were None (Artistic Award) and was assistant director for Little Shop of Horrors in 2016. On-stage credits with Aurora Players include The Somewhat True Tale of Robin Hood, Barefoot In The Park, The Glass Menagerie, and Grease.
Musical Director: Paul Blackwell
Paul Blackwell is a music teacher at the East Aurora School District, where he teaches three choruses, general music, music theory, and beginning guitar. He is the music director of Hope Lutheran Church in Arcade. He is also the cofounder and composer of Moonrise Musicals, a new company specializing in musicals that are more accessible to developing school music programs and community theatre. He lives in Delevan with his wife and two daughters.
Musical Director: Dr. Madeline Harts
Dr. Madeline Harts is an arts administrator, music educator, vocal coach and singer originally from East Aurora, NY. Madeline is the Executive Director of the Grammy® Award winning Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus and head of music at the Buffalo Seminary. An alumnus of the Resident Artist Program for the Toledo Opera Company, both as a soprano and pianist, she performs domestically and internationally, most recently at the Salzburgfestspiele in Austria. Madeline is a doctoral graduate of the University of Miami in Vocal Pedagogy and Performance (DMA).
Choreographer: Gina Schuster
Gina Schuster’s first introduction to Aurora Players was as assistant Choreographer for HAIR. She’s also assisted for dance workshops with Unique Theatre and is a
former Zumba instructor. Gina was a music therapist at Hospice & Palliative Care Buffalo for nine years before transitioning to work with the organization’s wellness program for employees this past fall.
Penn Watson – Narrator
Emily Sellito – Cinderella
Rachelle Francis – Step Mother & the voice of Cinderella’s Mother
Mia LaMarco – Florinda (Cinderella’s step sister)
Shelby Ebeling – Lucinda (Cinderella’s step sister)
Eric Glynn – Cinderella’s Prince
Jake Sauer – Steward
Kelly Campbell – Rapunzel
Rebecca Runge – The Witch
Jason Gonser – Rapunzel’s Prince
Nathan Miller – The Baker
Danielle Glynn – The Baker’s Wife
Steven Wendell – The Mysterious Man
Aaron Saldana – Jack
Kelly Mackowiak – Jack’s Mother
Dori Shear-McGowan – The voice of Giant & Red’s Granny
Madeline Rehm – Red
Chris Fire – Wolf/Cinderella’s Father/Shadow Scrim Technical Director
Roxanna Herreid – Featured Dancer/Dance Captain
Nayadee Wilson – Featured Dancer
Talia Spencer – Featured Dancer & Snow White
Sarah Schoeneman – Featured Dancer & Sleeping Beauty
Into the Woods Trailer