Fairy tales have gone out of style, and the wicked witch is dead, right? Wrong.
Fairy tales live and so does the witch in Arizona Broadway Theatre’s presentation of “Into the Woods.” The show opens Friday, May 31, and continues through Sunday, June 23.
The story revolves around a childless baker and his wife, who attempt to lift their family curse by journeying into the woods to confront the witch who put the spell on them. On their journey they encounter Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella, Jack (of “Jack and the Beanstalk” fame), and a host of other fairy-tale characters, including the witch.
With a Tony Award-winning original score by Stephen Sondheim and book by James Lapine, “Into the Woods” premiered on Broadway in 1987 with Bernadette Peters as the witch and Joanna Gleason as the baker’s wife.
ABT’s production will be directed by Artistic Administrator James Rio. “Into the Woods offers a realistic and unique take on ‘once upon a time’ and gives the audience a wonderful theatrical display of growth and self-discovery,” he said. He added that the show “takes popular fairy tales and breathes real-life struggle into them, creating the common man’s experience with happily ever after.”
The cast includes prominent local talent as well as New-York-based performers. Starring as the witch is Cassandra Norville Klaphake. In addition, Brad York stars as the baker, Abby Bernbaum as Little Red Ridinghood, David Errigo Jr. as Jack, Katrina Hagofsky as the baker’s wife and Kaitlynn Kleinman as Cinderella.
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Other players include Sarah Ambrose as Cinderella’s stepsister, Bob Downing as Cinderella’s father, Trisha Ditsworth as Rapunzel, Renee Gallegos as Cinderella’s stepsister, Cullen Law as the steward, Mary Jane McCloskey as Jack’s mother, Carolyn McPhee as Cinderella’s stepmother, Jimmy Page as the narrator/mysterious man, Brad Rupp as Cinderella’s prince/wolf and Zach Trimmer as Rapunzel’s prince.
Order tickets online or call the box office at (623) 776-8400. Prices vary according to date, time and availability. “Into the Woods” contains content that may not be suitable for all ages and is not recommended for children under 12. Arizona Broadway Theatre is located at 7701 W. Paradise Lane in Peoria, Ariz.
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Cassandra Norville Klaphake in ‘Into the Woods’
Cassandra Norville Klaphake portrays the witch in Arizona Broadway Theatre’s production of “Into the Woods.” In addition, Klaphake serves as ABT’s artistic producer. In that position, she oversees all aspects of production, including show selection, artistic concepts, and casting. Previous acting credits at ABT include Truvy in “Steel Magnolias,” Drowsy in “The Drowsy Chaperone,” Sally Bowles in “Cabaret,” Norma Desmond in “Sunset Boulevard,” Grizabella in “Cats,” Lucy in “Jekyll & Hyde” and Lilli/Katherine in “Kiss Me, Kate.” Klaphake’s operatic and concert performances have taken her throughout the United States and Europe. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Montana and a Master of Music degree from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston.
Brad York in ‘Into the Woods’
Named one of Echo magazine’s “Five Actors to Watch,” Brad York takes on the role of the baker in Arizona Broadway Theatre’s “Into the Woods.” In addition to being sales and marketing director at ABT, York has appeared on the ABT stage as Evelyn Oakleigh in “Anything Goes;” Hysterium in “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum;” Man One in “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change” and Harold in “The Full Monty.” He has also appeared in such shows as “Sweet Charity,” “Oliver,” “La Cage aux Folles,” “The Full Monty,” “Titanic” and “Iron Curtain.” York earned a Bachelor of Arts in vocal performance from Linfield College and a master’s degree in music theatre performance from Arizona State University.
David Errigo Jr. in ‘Into the Woods’
David Errigo Jr. plays Jack in Arizona Broadway Theatre’s production of “Into the Woods.” At ABT, he has also portrayed Pouncival in “Cats,” Ren in “Footloose” and The Ghost of Christmas Past in “A Christmas Carol.” A member of Actors’ Equity, he has also played Patsy in Phoenix Theatre’s “Spamalot” and worked with Harry Connick Jr. on his show “The Happy Elf.”
Katrina Hagofsky in ‘Into the Woods’
Shown here with Brad York, Katrina Hagofsky plays the baker’s wife in Arizona Broadway Theatre’s “Into the Woods” At ABT Hagofsky has appeared as Betty in “Sunset Boulevard,” Pam in “Baby: The Musical” and Cheryl in “The Taffetas.” She has also portrayed Betty Jean in “The Marvelous Wonderettes,” Andrea Track in “It’s Only Life” and Lucy in “You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown.”
Abby Bernbaum in ‘Into the Woods’
Actor, singer and choreographer Abby Bernbaum portrays Little Red Ridinghood in Arizona Broadway Theatre’s “Into the Woods.” Bernbaum recently made her FringeNYC debut with the musical “Grimm.” Other ABT credits include “Annie,” “Hello, Dolly!” “Oklahoma!” and “Tarzan.” In addition, she has appeared in “7 Brides for 7 Brothers” at the Alhambra Dinner Theatre and has played Gracie in the stage version of the children’s TV show “Angelina Ballerina” at the McGinn Cazale Theatre. Originally from Dallas, Texas, Bernbaum has her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from New York University.
Kaitlynn Kleinman in ‘Into the Woods’
Kaitlynn Kleinman takes the role of Cinderella in Arizona Broadway Theatre’s “Into the Woods.” After graduating summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in musical theatre from ASU in 2008, Kleinman relocated to New York City, where she frequently performed as a soloist with Broadway Concerts Direct. Additional credits include playing Audrey in “little Shop of Horrors” at ABT, Miss Dorothy in “Thoroughly Modern Millie” and Clara in “The Light in the Piazza” at Phoenix Theatre, Ado Annie in “Oklahoma!” at the Lyric Opera Theatre and Anne in Rob Gardner’s production of “Blackbeard: A New Musical” at the Herberger Theater Center. Kleinman also voiced “Princess December” in Amazon Studios’ film “12 Princesses.”