Fauquier Community Theatre’s ‘Into the Woods, Jr.’ Opens June 8

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For nearly forty years, the non-profit theatre company, Fauquier Community Theatre (FCT) has presented stories to delight local audiences on the Vint Hill Theatre stage with professional ambition and enthusiastic enjoyment.

We have seen an array of productions from this beloved theatre including comedy, history, holiday and the occasional dark-themed tales. This June, in a spirited and daring classic revered for a century, FCT’s youngest actors will present Into the Woods, Jr., in seven performances across two summer weekends.

Rutger Scott as Rapunzel's Prince and Seamus Koehr as Cinderella's Prince in Into the Woods, Jr., opening June 8 at Fauquier Community Theatre. Photo by Stephen Rummel Photography.
Rutger Scott as Rapunzel’s Prince and Seamus Koehr as Cinderella’s Prince in Into the Woods, Jr., opening June 8 at Fauquier Community Theatre. Photo by Stephen Rummel Photography.

Directed by lifelong Fauquier County resident and educator Cathy Davis, and produced by Saralyn Aylor, Into the Woods, Jr. exudes humor, inspiration and life lessons. With a cast of 22 young men and women age 10-18 from Fauquier and surrounding counties, all roles are played by local teens.

“The cast has been fantastic,” says Davis. “Some of the veteran actors have truly stepped up to help inspire and guide the students that are newer to theatre. The crew and production team consist almost entirely of young adults. My greatest joy has been to bring out the talent of each cast member and help them surpass.”

The twisted comedic fairytale is family-friendly and for all ages. Featuring Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and his beanstalk, the Witch, Rapunzel, and of course Wolf and other memorable characters, Into the Woods, Jr. is a shortened version of the Tony-award winning musical.

The Baker and the Baker’s Wife will walk audiences through some of the most iconic fairytale stories ever told. There are not starring roles in this production, but rather a real combination of many stories told from the perspective of the youthful eyes of the narrator. The characters are relatable and comedic.

“This is going to be a great show with some fresh faces and new talent. Even audience members who are familiar with Into the Woods will be surprised and excited to see our version,” says Davis. “The show is full of humor, it is very funny.”

Alyssa Gilmore plays Cinderella, Diego Quintanar-Pena plays Jack, Hannah Pelletier plays Jack’s mother, James Takacs plays the Baker, Elizabeth Nefferdorf plays the Baker’s Wife, Mary Ellen Underwood plays Little Red Riding Hood, Sierra Aylor plays the Witch, Alexa Meriweather plays Cinderella’s mother, Cole Edwards plays the mysterious man, Sydney Ferris plays the narrator, Ava Pastor plays Wolf, Maddie Kuzma plays Granny, Gwenny Verity plays Rapunzel, Sophia Thomson plays the steward, Jessica Singley plays Cinderella’s stepmother, Emily Copeland plays Lucinda, Amanda Crossen plays Florinda, Rutger Scott plays Rapunzel’s prince, and Seamus Koehr plays Cinderella’s prince.

Running Time: 90 minutes, with a 15-minute intermission.

Into the Woods, Jr. presented by Fauquier Community Theatre, plays at the Vint Hill Theatre, 4225 Aiken Drive, Warrenton, VA, on June 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, and 17, with curtain time of 7:00 pm on Fridays and Saturdays, and 2:00 pm showtimes on Sundays. To purchase tickets, call the box office at (540) 349-8760, or go online.

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