• Group of student performers gather on stage

      Cast and crew of Into the Woods (Photo – PUSD)

      A joint production of Pasadena Schools and Pasadena Playhouse.

      By Scott Phelps

       Maddie Harbison (Red Riding Hood), said that ““It has been really fantastic working with super talented actors, with our hardworking stage crew, and with our experienced and supportive directors. We’ve put so much work in for the past couple of months, and I’m so proud of everyone I have worked with. I’m also so excited to show it off to everyone who comes to see the show!”

      The cast of Into the Woods includes:

      Asher Hammer as the Baker,
      Makena Magalong as the Baker’s Wife,
      Ida Hartel as the Witch,
      Yazlynn Acosta as Cinderella,
      Zephen Peter as Cinderella’s Prince/Wolf 1,
      Maddie Harbison as Red Riding Hood,
      Mattias Orr as Jack,
      Amora Evans as Jack’s Mother,
      Audrey Bradley-McKinnon as Rapunzel,
      Kaleb Del Villar as Rapunzel’s Prince/Wolf 2,
      Vega Benn as Cinderella’s Stepmother,
      Jade Farrise as Florida, and
      Yahsaiah Curry as Lucinda.
      Michael Mendoza as Mysterious Man,
      Jasper Barrera as Steward,

      And Versatile Understudies:

      Marley Thach as Milkey White/Cinderella’s Mother,
      Paulina McConnell as Granny/Cinderella / JackPuppet,
      Genesis Holmes as Cinderella’s Mother/Granny
      Marshall Gluck as Narrator/Baker , and
      Joel Griffin as Cinderella’s Father/ Prince.

      Hear the PUSD orchestra:

      Anneliese Airitam (Trumpet),
      Emilio Alban (Viola 2),
      Maia Dimas (Bassoon),
      Joyce Garcia (French Horn),
      Tyler Gjerde (French Horn),
      Zen Glick (Violin 1),
      Elena Grigoryan (Clarinet),
      Daniel Lazzaretto (Synthesizer),
      Nathan Lin (Violin 2),
      Kristine Moody (Percussion),
      Emma Nishikawa (Cello),
      Andres Olmos (Violin 1),
      Benjamin Park (Clarinet),
      Wesley Pauli (Flute), S
      Samuel Redfearn (Bass),
      Elizabeth Rodriguez (Viola 1),
      Mark-Anthony (Percussion),
      Daniel Shopbell (Trumpet),
      Luseleste Tapia-Rodriguez (Flute),
      Alessa Velasco (Violin 2),
      Amber Wang (Percussion),
      Grace Yang (Violin 2),
      Kris Rahamad (Viola),
      April Guthrie (Cello), and
      Sierra Schmeltzer (Flute).

      Scenic design created by students

      Student Chloe Vuong said that “Working on Into the Woods has been a fun experience. This was my first time helping to design a set for a production, and I learned a lot.”

      Teacher Alicia Gorecki of Pasadena HS’ Visual Arts and Design Academy (VADA) says “Our team worked some serious hours to paint the MASSIVE tree trunk textures that will fill the stage at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium.” The students who were a part of the Set Design team were: Riley Arteaga, Maylina Benihya, Ruby Chew, Nevada Cruz, Luna Hernandez, Fatima Mejia, Azucena Paez, David Partida, Hannah Richardson, Damien Skelton, Mayra Smith, Chloe Vuong, and Tremaine Woodard

       Costumes prepared by PUSD students and staff

      PUSD Lead Instructional Fine Arts Specialist Courtney Scrabeck (co-lead with Muir faculty member Micol Issa) led a core group of costumers who worked all through winter break included Joseph Scales, Emmeline Clougherty, Faye Haslett, Hartwell Pollard and Sienna Bonoli. Courtney said “our Mustang Design Lab students went above and beyond over the break, giving up eleven of their vacation days to sew and dye and paint the costumes they designed for Into the Woods. We can’t wait for you to see their hard work!”

      PUSD student tech crew

       Student Stage Managers/Production Assistants include Waverly Knight, Jupiter Diaz, Isaiah Rios, Katie Mencken and Roman Favela.  Grace Jaffe serves as the Student Directing Intern.

      The following students were involved with Props and Puppetry: Evan Alameddine, Marjorie Angel-Lewis, Kaylie Araya Sornoza, Joshua Ayala, Naomi Balian, Sareen Boschetti, Destiny Carlos, Bernadette Dassie, Dylan Davis, Jazmin Garcia, Maximilian Hartel, Hailey Hernandez, Sophia Hernandez, Taylor Juse, Angel Leal, Daijah Leggins, Kaiya Masuda, Scarlett Orozco, Alexis Ramirez, Vanessa Rangel, Parker Roberts, Tatum Robinson, Edgar Sanchez-Rosas, Miguel Soto, Tyler Tran and Christopher Ware.

      Reserve your tickets for the morning shows on January 26 and 27 (click here). And for the January 27 evening show (click here).


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