|Musical Director Erin McNally shares a laugh during rehearsals with Kailyn Dunkelman (Cinderella), Brianna Beach (Witch), Catherine Hass (Little Red Riding Hood), Valentina Gehley (Narrator), Kelsey Kato (Jack) and Rachel Teague (Baker's Wife)|
|Director Hisa Takakuwa, Musical Director Erin McNally |
and Arranger Bobby Nafarrete go over the score
It’s a show that another director of young acting students might consider daunting. Not Director Hisa Takakuwa, who has been nurturing a secret desire to work on Into the Woods for a long time. Now that time has come, and she and Musical Director Erin McNally are thrilled.
“It’s my favorite musical,” McNally said. “And what a gift for young performers to have an opportunity to work on the music and lyrics of Stephen Sondheim!”
“It’s challenging,” Takakuwa admitted. “But while the world of Into the Woods may be complex, it’s also an emotionally rich one in which to explore and create. It’s filled with interesting characters and contains numerous themes that our young actors can relate to because they’re examining them in their own lives right now. I think they’ll bring surprising truth and depth to the story.”
|Rachel Teague (Baker's Wife) rehearsing with |
Musical Director Erin McNally
The recent grads, all of whom spent between four and eight years in SCR classes and Players programs, are Chase Anderson-Shaw (USC sophomore/theatre major) as Cinderella’s father, Brianna Beach (UC San Diego sophomore/theatre major) as Witch, Jordan Bellow (Chapman sophomore/ BFA in theatre performance) as Cinderella’s Prince, Akshay Sharma (Harvard freshman), as Baker, and Rachel Teague (Orange Coast College freshman) as Baker’s wife.
|Rehearsing on their own, Catherine Hass (Little Red |
Riding Hood), Kelsey Kato (Jack), Kailyn Dunkelman
(Cinderella) and Akshay Sharma (Baker)
All 28 cast members will share their joy with the audience when Into the Woods opens on the Julianne Argyros Stage August 6.
Get more information and tickets here.
|L to R: SCR Theatre Conservatory grads Chase Anderson-Shaw, Akshay Sharma, Brianna Beach, Rachel Teague, Jordan Bellow|