Into the Woods by the Mimes and Mummers

Last night, my wife and I went to a reception for my Fordham University theater group, the Mimes and Mummers.  They were celebrating the installation of their new, state-of-the-art lighting board.  The old light board served them well for decades, but it was like Dr. Frankenstein's machinery.  A presentation demonstrated the cool things the new equipment could do, and it was very impressive. 

After the reception, we saw the Mimes and Mummers latest production, the musical Into the Woods (music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, book by James Lapine).  It was one of their best shows ever, a fun and professional achievement.  The first act retells some classic fairytales as the characters stories interconnect, and then the second act, which is my favorite, shows us what happens after "happily ever after."

The cast was amazing with incredible acting and singing performances by Caitlin Tierney as Cinderella, Mike Burns as the Baker, Emily Weaver as the Witch, Caitlin Nosal as Little Red Riding Hood, Ryan Kincaid as the Wolf and Cinderella's Prince, Katie Redmond as the Baker's Wife, John Schule as Rapunzel's Prince, Sean O'Connor as Jack, and Peter Wallace as the Narrator and Mysterious Man.  The rest of the ensemble was great to watch too: Charlie Gallagher, Kristie Koos, Courtney Schiessl, Kristen O'Hara, Grainne Moffet, Rachel Girty, John Donahue, and Chris Ingrao. Kudos to director Brian Feehan, music director Stephen Purdy, and the terrific production crew.

Seeing the great shows at Fordham University's Collins Theater always brings back wonderful memories for me.  I even won a raffle and now have a piece of the original lightboard to keep as a memento!

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