East Islip Middle School’s 2012 production of “Into the Woods, Jr.” was the latest success for a program that has been producing musicals for over 28 years. Directed by Katelyn Keating, the Feb. 10 and 11 performances of this Stephen Sondheim classic delighted audience members on both nights.
The cast consisted of Zach Halfter as the Baker, Megan Tohill as the Baker’s Wife, Amanda Baranek as Cinderella, Kevin Graydon as Cinderella’s Father, Cassandra Manfredi as Cinderella’s Mother, Jon Coffin as Cinderella’s Prince, Ashley Gala as Cinderella’s Stepmother, Catherine Graber as Florinda, Noelia Vazquez as Granny, Vinny Altman as Jack, Jenna Bernhardt as Jack’s Mother, Dominique Degener as Little Red Riding Hood, Jenny Casey as Lucinda, Jessica Muroff as Milky White, Dylan Sanders as Mysterious Man, Kierstin O’Hara as the Narrator, Kate Maretsky as Rapunzel, Jack Burke-McGoldrick as Rapunzel’s Prince, Emily Fishman as the Steward, Kyra Walls as the Witch and John Guiliano as the Wolf. Additional ensemble members were Alex Agati, Kristina Ali, Sarah Bloom, Julia DiCarlo, Sophia Gerace, Jackie Ginty, Sarah Hillman, Kent Hlavac, Ashley Karlin, Sara Mauro, Angelina Perrone and Marlie Siniscalchi.
Musical director Keating is no stranger to the East Islip stage, having directed last year’s high school production of “Guys and Dolls.” While attending East Islip High School herself, she performed lead roles in several productions. Keating later graduated from Nazareth College in Rochester with a dual major in musical theater performance and music education, and she recently studied at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Fla.
East Islip High School teacher and Alfred University graduate Dan Figliozzi designed a beautiful set for “Into the Woods, Jr.,” built by middle school students and members of the high school’s musical theater technology class. Set construction and crew members involved were Christian Arma, Julie Bonessi, Paul Brett, Katie Burke-McGoldrick, Kevin Capobianco, Jennie-Anne Cocco, Patrick Connoly, Matthew Cowdell, Stephen N. DeTurris, Jarrett Duncovich, Courtney Farbman, Emily Francois, John Fusco, Thomas Glynn, Alissa Helhuski, Arianna Kresh, Linda Iovino, Stephen Lynch, Rachael Maretsky, Bruce Morrow, Lauren Moskowitz, Annie O Sullivan, Danielle Pafundi, Joseph Pafundi, Alexander Postillo, Sabrina Seibert, Jamie Schnal, Madison Schrader, Cassidy Tatun, Barbara Tiernan, Jessica Wenk, Kira Westgate-Addessi, Michael Wienclaw, and Ebony Worlds.
“The students performed with a professional Broadway quality, bringing forth powerful vocals and choreography,” said Art & Music Director Stephen Guarino. “We look forward to seeing many of these bright young stars in future productions at the middle school and high school in the years to come.”
The next musical to grace the East Islip School District’s stage will be the high school's production of "Carnival!" It opens March 29, with tickets on sale March 5.