BWW Interviews: Part One of Our Interview Series with the Cast of Woodlawn's INTO THE WOODS

Joseph Urick (L) and Carly Elyse Gossen (R). Photo by Siggi Ragnar.

BroadwayWorld is thrilled to share with you an interview series featuring the cast of Woodlawn Theatre's current production of Into the Woods.

One of Sondheim's most enchanting works, Into the Woods follows the stories of the Baker and his wife who wish to have a child, Cinderella who wishes to attend the King's Festival and Jack who wishes his cow would give milk. With the words 'once upon a time,' the story begins. We follow Cinderella, Rapunzel, Little Red Riding Hood and Jack (of beanstalk fame) encountering the consequences traditional fairytales conveniently ignore.

Into the Woods plays The Woodlawn Theatre, located at 1920 Fredericksburg Road, now through March 16. Tickets are on sale now at www.woodlawntheatre.org or by calling the box office at 210-267-8388. Show times are Friday and Saturday at 7:30 pm and Sundays 3 pm. Tickets cost $15 - $23 with discounts for students, military and SATCO members.

Today, we bring you our interview with cast members Amanda Golden and Carlye Elyse Gossen who play The Baker's Wife and Little Red Riding Hood, respectively.

BWW: What made you decide to audition?

AG: I auditioned because Into the Woods was the very first live theatre performance I ever saw (13 years ago). Seeing that show was the reason I ever auditioned for any show. It started my love for theatre. I had lost my mother earlier that year as well so the show had resonated strongly with me. I've been waiting 13 years for the chance to audition! I wasn't going to miss this one.

CEG: Into the Woods is a show I have always wanted to do. You know how actors have a list of dream shows/roles? Well, this is one of my dream shows. The real question for me was what role do I audition for.... I was very tempted to audition for other roles in the show, but I decided to go for Little Red. I am 27 and will only have the opportunity to play this role for a few more years (thanks to my parents for youthful genetics). I can do more mature looking characters in the future.

BWW: How familiar were you with the show prior to rehearsals?

AG: I was very familiar with the show. After seeing it live years ago, I have since seen the taped Broadway production many times. One of our other cast members (Trevor Chauvin who plays Jack) and I have had multiple sing alongs with Netflix!

CEG: I was pretty familiar with the show. I had seen several local productions, but had never been part of one. I knew the music (for the most part).

Joseph Urick (L) and Amanda Golden (R). Photo by Siggi Ragnar.

BWW: Why do you think Into the Woods is as beloved as it is?

CEG: Well, who doesn't love a fairytale? We have been told these classic stories since we were tiny beings and most people dream about being royalty or having magical powers. The great thing about this is it shows these luxuries in an imperfect world. I believe this makes the show very attractive. Plus, there are so many underlying stories to connect with. This show has a moral, a situation, or some kind of hocus pocus you can relate to.

AG: I think Into the Woods is as beloved as it is because it really hits at the heart of humanity. We have all trusted someone we shouldn't have because we didn't know better. We have all wished for something and then felt the disappointment of not feeling the contentment we thought we would by obtaining that wish. We have all felt alone or lost a loved one or not known what to choose. We all have to make decisions about how we go about getting what we want. Do we see things in black and white or do we decide that it's our intentions that matter and not just our actions. We have all had to deal with the outcomes that derive from those decisions. It's timeless in this way. You can relate to any and all of these characters because they're all taking the journey of humanity. And as the Mysterious Man tells us, not one of us can run away from that journey.

BWW: What has it been like to bring this show to life?

CEG: It has been a wonderfully fun learning experience. Bringing this show to life takes meticulous work. Everything has to be spot on and no one can miss a beat. Everyone has had to be tuned in the second rehearsal starts (actors, crew, musicians), because if one person is lost or wanders, than the rest of the ensemble begins to roam.




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