SPF Students Take the Stage in Local Production of “Into the Woods”

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Vanessa Handy

This past weekend the Cranford Dramatic Club put on a production of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s “Into the Woods”, as a part of their “Young Artist Program” of 2018. The show is a thrilling tale of adventure and consequences. By intertwining the plots of various fairy tale characters, “Into the Woods” shows audience members what can happen when you make a wish.
This double-cast production featured nine Scotch Plains Fanwood High School students, portraying various well known fairy tale personalities. Among these many students, the Fanscotian caught up with a few of them to see if they could shed some light on the magic of the show.
Junior Shannon McCreesh (Florinda), mentioned the message and symbolism were among some of her favorite aspects of the show. “Using fairytale characters that everyone knows, makes Sondheim’s message of always doing what’s right, even when it’s not easy to do, even more powerful,” McCreesh explained.
When asked the same question, sophomore Megan Sheehy (Stepmother) similarly stated, “I really love that each part of the show can be related to real life.” Sheehy also mentioned the joy she felt in “getting to know every one through something so great that brought us all together.”
As a familiar face in numerous SPF Repertory Theatre Productions, sophomore Billy Kasper (Cinderella’s Father), was asked what it was like to preform with many of his classmates. Kasper humorously responded saying, “What’s so great about it is that when I mess up on stage, my friends are honest and tell me how bad it was.”
Junior Peter Canevari (Rapunzel’s Prince) added that, “being able to share the experience with genuine friends, makes the production so much more fun and memorable to be a part of.”
Additional students who appeared in the production were freshman Ally Vlkovic (Granny), junior Peter Canevari (Rapunzel’s Prince), sophomore Sophie Prichett (Florinda), seniro James Hahn (Big Bad Wolf), senior Nate Redmount (Mysterious Man) and junior Matt Mahmet (Steward). Between both casts, each student put on a stellar performance; they surely made SPF proud.