By Noelle H. Lowery
In its summer camp grand finale, the city of Marco Island’s annual theater camp pondered the consequences of wishes and dreams in its production of Stephen Sondheim’s “Into The Woods.” Directed by Booey Blassneck, campers performed the musical for the city’s Camp Mackle and during two Aug. 9 performances at Marco Players Theater.
Premiering on Broadway in 1987, “Into The Woods” is the story of a baker and his wife and their fondest dream to have a child. Seems simple enough, right? Wrong! Their story is woven among the plots of several Brothers Grimm fairy tales — Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, Rapunzel and Cinderella — and is fraught with gallant princes, conniving witches, angry giants, enchanted animals and lots of magic. The moral of the story for every character is to be careful what you wish for because even when you get it there is always another something to wish for.
The cast included Mickey Poling, Abby Martin, Cameron Campbell, Ryan Sullivan, Jessica Lang, Marley Wilson, Seneca Lowery, Tessa Pofahl, Olivia Ayasun, Emily Boxma, Maggie Poling, Ellie Poling, Mikayla River, Kyan Sue A Quan, Laura Poelstra, Calahan DeAngleis, Joey Golec, Josiah Hurtley, Jasmyn Biocic, Jonny Hurtley, Carson Essi, Brain O’Brien, Everett Essi, Jenna Golec, Lian Koenkova, Nicole Paul, Kaitlin Campbell, Alyssa Kirstein, Elizabeth Nash, Emilee Morris, Reese Jones, Katya Diaz and Mariel Sanchez. The backstage crew included Sanchez, Eddy Ludwigsen, Sandra Martinez and Marcus Martinez. Lighting was designed by Matt Martinez, and the set was designed by Megan Hine.