Pacific Opera Project to Present ‘Into the Woods’

By Francisco Salazar
The Pacific Opera Project is set to end its 2021-22 “Fairytale Season” with a site-specific production of Stephen Sondheim’s “Into the Woods” at Descanso Gardens.

The work will be performed six times between July 8 and 17 will be directed by Josh Shaw and conducted by Desiree LaVertu. The choreography will be by Amy Lawrence and costumed by Maggie Green.

The cast will feature Julia Aks as Cinderella, Emily Dyer as The Baker’s Wife, Annie Fitch as The Witch, Jack Wilkins as The Baker, Dallas Perry as Jack, Amy Lawrence as Little Red, Phil Meyer as the Narrator, Jake Stamatis as Cinderella’s Prince/Wolf, Chris Hunter as Rapunzel’s Prince, Holly Sedillos as Rapunzel, William Grundler as The Steward/Milky White, Charlotte Munson as Jack’s Mother, Minta Mullins as Stepmother, Morgan Paige as Lucinda, Lenessa Age as Florinda, Rachel Freed as Granny/Cinderella’s Mother, and Jefferson Lanz as Cinderella’s Father.

In a statement issued by the company, Shaw said, “It’s ‘Into the Woods,’ actually in the woods – what else could you possibly want? We are so excited to bring this iconic musical to one of Los Angeles’s most iconic locations, Descanso Gardens.”

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