Different Stages’ Musical Night Goes Into the Woods

Anna Kendrick

Anna Kendrick, who will be portraying Cinderella in the upcoming film adaptation of "Into the Woods." (Photo by Matt Carr, Getty Images)

by Mallika Rao

In anticipation of the Disney musical adaptation of Into the Woods, Different Stages put on their first event: a musical night dedicated to the popular Stephen Sondheim musical. The 1990 West End stage adaptation was screened for students on Saturday, September 14. Along with fulfilling our cravings for mellifluous melodies, ravishing refreshments from Entemann’s cake to chips and Cheetos were provided.

President Rob Petrarca’s goal for the semester was to “start off small…with an event that was relaxing and enjoyable for all who attended.” However, don’t expect Into the Woods to fall into the repertoire of musicals that Different Stages has put on in the past. Petrarca says that the show is “a difficult show to put on for a student-run club as it is almost entirely sung with little nonmusical dialogue and it is quite a long show.”

For those of you who don’t know, Into the Woods combines comedy, heart, and adventure, bringing to life some of our favorite fairy tales. The four main fairy tales that are being lampooned are “Jack and the Beanstalk,” “Cinderella,” “Little Red Riding Hood,” and “Rapunzel.” The satirical element of the story and cheeky brand of humor is almost reminiscent of Shrek.

Sondheim does it again with his fabulous score, and the cast is also topnotch. The London version had a coterie of top British actors, including future Oscar nominee Imelda Staunton, best known as Dolores Umbridge to Harry Potter fans. She played the Baker’s Wife.

Mount Saint Mary College’s student-run drama club’s event anticipates Disney’s adaptation of the timeless play. With Johnny Depp, Meryl Streep, Chris Pine, and Anna Kendrick taking on the musical’s central roles, the movie will release sometime in 2014.