What if Cinderella and her Prince Charming didn’t really live happily ever after? And what if the giant that Jack killed had a wife who wanted to avenge her husband’s death?

What if Cinderella and her Prince Charming didn’t really live happily ever after? And what if the giant that Jack killed had a wife who wanted to avenge her husband’s death?

That’s the premise of “Into the Woods,” the Stephen Sondheim musical that follows the lives of favorite fairy tale characters after their stories have supposedly ended.

St. Mary’s Colgan High School drama department will present the show at 7:30 p.m. today and Saturday, with matinee performances at 2:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, all in the SMC auditorium.
Under the guidance of director Alice Hilt, the students sang and acted in quality costumes on a professional-looking set.

John Wolfe and Cassandra Ngo play a baker and his wife who have been unable to have a child. The witch next door, played by Alyssa Patterson in hag makeup, informs them that the problem is caused by a curse she put on the baker’s family after his father stole magic beans from her garden.
The curse can only be broken by a potion made from a cape as red as blood, a cow as white as milk, hair as yellow as corn and a slipper as pure as gold. Once they hear the recipe, the baker and his wife go off searching for the ingredients.

The cape, of course, belongs to Little Red Riding Hood, played by Kelly Smith, who stopped in the bakery to buy treats to take to her grandmother.

Then there’s Jack, played by David Krall, a sweet but dim-witted lad whose best friend is Milky White, a cow played by Haley Spears and Asher Lauderdale. Jack’s mother, Sarah Kraus, demands that he go and sell the cow because they have no food or money left in the house.

The audience also meets Cinderella, played by Bailey Gebhardt, wicked stepmother Katie Nance and horrible stepsisters Ciara Sanchez and Emily Sanders, plus Cinderella’s henpecked father, played by Chandler Bishop. Cinderella wants to go to the festival, of course, and ends up wearing a golden gown and slippers.

The baker gets Little Red’s cape after they save her and her granny, played by Liz Hayes, from Ben Cortes as the really wicked wolf. The baker also purchases Milky White from Jack, paying him five beans that he found in the pocket of an old coat.

The baker’s wife, meanwhile, gets some hair as yellow  as corn from Rapunzel, played by Kourtney Endicott. She’s actually the baker’s sister, stolen by the witch and raised in an isolated tower to protect her from the world. The baker’s wife also encounters Cinderella in the woods, fleeing from Prince Charming, played by Austin Van Becelaere. Evan Higginbotham plays the prince who has been secretly wooing Rapunzel.

The potion is finally made and the infertility curse lifted from the baker and his wife. The prince finally finds Cinderella and they go off to be married. Jack’s mother throws the beans out the window, a huge beanstalk grows up into the sky, and Jack climbs up to steal the giant’s golden harp and hen that lays golden eggs. When the giant tries to climb down, Jack chops down the beanstalk and the giant is killed.

At the end of the first act, everybody is happy. When the second act opens, reality sets in. How can it be resolved? With love, and by being very, very careful what you wish for.

Also in the cast are Aaron Gouvion, Erin Collar, Jake Drenick, Chandler Bishop, Mary Farmer, Katie Richey, Emily Polak, Hannah Gouvion, Rebecca Polak, Annie Cortes, Claire Patterson, Abby Normand and Victoria Yartz.
Robyn Hilt is costume mistress, with a crew including Mary Hilt, director Alice Hilt and Karen Endicott constructing those wonderful costumes. Barbara Hilt, Alice Hilt and cast members do the makeup, and the set was constructed by Tony Sanchez, Mike Green, Cindy Green, Alice Hilt, Karen Endicott, Jovanna Brackett-Ottinger and cast.

Tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for senior citizens and students, and free for SMC Junior High and High School students with their school ID.