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UMW's production of "Into the Woods" marks 100th anniversary of UMW theater

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Date published: 11/8/2012


Pietro Perrino plays the lead role of the Baker, and he isn't even a theater major. A senior majoring in physics, Perrino was enchanted by UMW's theater department when he played Tom Collins in "Rent" last year.

"The cast by far" is Perrino's favorite part of being involved in the production.

"I've met a lot of fun people," Perrino said.

Music and theater majors Chelsea Raitor, who plays Cinderella, and Judi Jackson, who plays the witch, emphasized the complexity and challenging nature of the music.

"It's very much a technically difficult [musical]," Raitor said.

"I'm growing, definitely; growing as an actress, growing as a vocalist," Jackson said.

Bess Ten Eyck, a senior theater major, is playing Little Red Ridinghood. She is doing her senior project on the role, which involves keeping a blog, doing in-depth character analysis and thinking critically about the play.

"I think that the themes are pretty universal," Ten Eyck said. "I hope that the audience can share in our vision of the show."

Bridget Balch: 540/374-5444
Email: bbalch@freelancestar.com

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What: "Into the Woods" When: Through Nov. 18. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m.; Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m.; 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14. Where: Klein Theatre in duPont Hall at the University of Mary Washington. Cost: $24 general admission, $20 for senior citizens and students with any student ID. Info and tickets: 540/654-1111; umw.tix.com.