Into the Woods – Press Release

Careful the wish you make…


The Spring Lake Theatre Company ends the 2017-2018 season with Into the Woods, opening April 13, 2018, at 7:30pm. Into the Woods is a Tony-winning musical with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by James Lapine, about wishes and what can happen when they come true. Based on fairytales by the Brothers Grimm, it brings together the story of a Baker and his Wife who wish for a child, of Cinderella who wishes to go to the King’s Festival, of Jack who wishes to keep his best friend, of a Witch who wishes to be beautiful again and many more. It all comes together in the woods, where everyone will have to consider if they truly want what they thought they wished for.


With a stunning set designed by Andrew D’Agostino, Into the Woods is directed by Reid Henderson. Reid has been involved with the Spring Lake Theatre Company for many years and directed last year’s production of Scrooge, a beloved Christmas tradition. Most recently, he could be seen on stage as Albert in Bye Bye Birdie.

Musical direction is provided by Jeff Brown and choreography is by Christine Baglivio. The show is produced by Pat Barry.


A truly inventive ensemble piece, the cast includes many favorites from the Spring Lake Theatre stage. Reprising the role of the Baker for the third time at the Spring Lake Theatre Company is Claude Schmincke (Farmingdale), who memorably played the same part in 2005. In the same production, he shared the stage with Kait Holloway (Point Pleasant), who this time takes the role of the Baker’s Wife.

Bill King plays the Narrator who guides the audience through the play.

The role of Cinderella is played by Erin Lucid (Sea Girt), who comes straight from the Spring Lake Theatre’s production of Bye Bye Birdie last month, where she played Ursula. Likewise, Gina Teschke (Highlands), who played Kim in Bye Bye Birdie, is returning to the stage to play the role of Little Red. The role of Jack is played by Christian Cieri (Long Branch).

Rapunzel is played by Georgianna Flagg (Point Pleasant), and Ali Gleason (Lacey), who was also in Young Frankenstein last year, takes the role of the Witch.

Other members of the cast are Michael Morch (Wall Township) as Cinderella’s Prince/The Wolf, Thomas Kiesel (Point Pleasant), who also recently starred in Bye Bye Birdie, as Rapunzel’s Prince, Christine Jay (Freehold) as Jack’s Mother, Doug Moore (Spring Lake) as The Mysterious Man, Janice Liddy (Brick) as the Stepmother, Lindsay Abbot (Rumson) and Jade Gordon (Jackson) as Lucinda and Florinda respectively, Matt Yee (Eatontown)  as the Steward, Marti Bookstein (Toms River) as Cinderella’s Mother/Granny/The Giant, Mike Caggiano (Spring Lake Heights) as Cinderella’s Father, Hannah Teza (Brielle) as Snow White and Ella Fischer (Farmingdale) as Sleeping Beauty.


Tickets can be purchased in person or by calling the Box Office Monday through Saturday 12:00

to 3:00 or online at

Contact person: Pat Barry


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