BWW Interviews: Part Two of Our Interview Series with the Cast of INTO THE WOODS
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 Lauren Silva and Megan DeYoung who play Cinderella's Stepsister, Lucinda and The Witch, respectively.
BWW: What made you decide to audition?
LS: Into the Woods has always been one of my favorite musicals. The score, the lyrics... Everything strikes an emotional chord within me.
MD: Into the Woods has been one of my favorite musicals since I played Rapunzel my freshman year of college. I have wanted to do the show again forever! And the witch has been one of my dream roles for 18 years.
BWW: How familiar were you with the show prior to rehearsals?
LS: I had seen the show twice before and listened to the soundtrack numerous times.
MD: Very. I knew most of the songs and lots of the lines by heart. And going back and listening to it again prior to auditions really cemented it into my brain.
BWW: Why do you think Into the Woods is as beloved as it is?
LS: The music is extremely powerful. Sondheim is a genius at composing scores and creating lyrics that provoke emotion whether it be sad, joyous or angry. Plus this story contains so many elements that are relatable to everyone- growing up, facing your fears, deciding what to do when you're faced with a moral conflict. Anyone can find a little of themselves in this musical.
MD: Fairy tales are so familiar and comfortable to most of us, so the backdrop is kind of a user-friendly one. Then, when you add the brilliance of Sondheim, the questions that get asked, the gray areas of these familiar stories, and the "what ifs" and "what's nexts" become so powerful and engaging that you just can't turn away.
BWW: What has it been like to bring this show to life?
LS: It's been a lot of hard work. In addition to the score being extremely difficult, we also have a complicated (but absolutely incredible) set and extravagant costumes to maneuver around.
MD: Arduous! The music alone is a huge challenge--lots and lots of words, melodies that are completely different from the accompaniment, super-fast tempos, and uncommon rhythms. Then, adding in character, giving them voice and layers and physicality--I'm exhausted! But it is so worth it, especially working with this cast and directors. We all have wanted to make it amazing.
BWW: Into the Woods is a huge ensemble piece. Which character do you identify with the most?
LS: I feel the strongest connection to Little Red. I've always been the type to "stick to the path" and not question things but as I've gotten older I've realized that maybe I should question the way things are. How else will things change?
MD: Right now, it's the Witch, for sure. I'm sure that's mostly because I've spent a lot of time with her these last few weeks! Before we started, though, I would have to say the Baker's Wife. Her "Is it always 'or'? Is it never 'and'?" speaks to my relationship with theatre. I have to walk the line of how much time away from my family (my husband and four kids) is healthy, while still being true to what I am good at and enjoy. But... "When you've had your 'and' and it's back to 'or' makes the 'or' mean more than it did before" rings true.