The Media Theatre has Stephen Sondheim’s Tony winning musical “Into The Woods” on stage this summer, July 7 through July 30. The show is being produced as a teen musical experience, in which a youth cast performs along with two local (and slightly older) actors who have had professional or university experience.

Grace Curry, who will be an eighth grader at Saint Mary Magdalen School in Media, plays the role of Florinda, one of Cinderella’s stepsisters. “This is the funniest role to play,” she said. “The stepsisters are, as Sondheim puts it, greedy, vain, haughty, and smug. They are narcissistic, rude, and expect everything to go right for them. But, as fate would hold it, they get what they deserve.”

“Thankfully, I cannot relate directly to this role, but I understand how to play it,” Grace explained. “That's what I do when I act. I try to put myself in the situation and do what both Sondheim's portrayal of Florinda is, and what I would actually do in real life.”
Grace has been involved with The Media Theatre for a year, and has already been in five children’s shows, including “Real Story Of Little Red Riding Hood”, “Winnie The Pooh’s Christmas Tail”, Disney’s “Cinderella Kids”, and “Madagascar Junior”. She is also currently in the production of “Alice In Wonderland”. She’s a very busy young performer, who will also be seen this summer in “The Vocalist Junior” contest.  She has also been seen in Catholic Community Choir’s productions of “The Wizard of Oz” and “Peter Pan”.

Of her time on the stage and in the theatre’s New School education program, she says, “Acting and the Media Theatre have introduced me to a lot of new people. Acting in particular has most definitely increased my skills in working with others, and my confidence. Acting opens up a whole new world of view. I think of it as my life is a play, and it's entirely improvisational, which makes actual improv a lot easier. If it looks like I'm having fun on stage in “Into the Woods”, you can believe me when I say, it's not an act.”

Of “Into The Woods”, Grace said, “The show, as well as Sondheim, have both strongly influenced the way musicals are seen, written, and performed. Sondheim's genius compilation of the Grimm brothers' Fairy Tales show a new level of imagination and creativity. The musical is not your stereotypical "Happily ever after", as it shows a believable ending, displaying two important messages: to be careful what you wish for, and that no one is above consequences.”

She’s hoping that many people see the production this summer. “I know that everyone who sees this show will love it, not just because of the amazing cast, but because it is never boring. Nothing ever slows down in this show! There are plot twists at every turn! Sondheim managed to make this musical captivate the audience, and have a great flow at the same time. It truly is an excellent show, and I know everybody will love it.”

For tickets to this summer's "Into The Woods" at The Media Theatre (July 7-30) call 610-891-0100 or visit Performances are Friday nights at 7pm, Saturdays at 2pm and 7pm, and Sundays at 3pm. Most roles are double cast, so it's a different cast each weekend!


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