Staff Spotlight: Karissa Coady, Assistant Stage Manger and Administrative Intern

Name: Karissa Coady
First Show at WCT: Peter Pan (Crocodile Cast)
Where did you go to college?  What did you study?: I’m still in high school! College is only a few short months away…
Favorite shows/roles?: Stepmother-Into The Woods, Mama Euralie-Once On This Island
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What is your most memorable WCT moment? Rancatore’s in general…
How did you first get involved with WCT? My friends were doing it, so I did it. Peer pressure works out well in some circumstances!
What is one word that best describes a WCT participant? Curious
What are you currently reading? Home: A Memoir of My Early Years By: Julie Andrews
What is your favorite movie? Annie (1982)
What is your favorite play/musical? It JUST opened, but I’ve already seen it: If/Then.
What’s currently at the top of your playlist? Chasing The Sun Sara Bareilles
What do you hope to be doing 5 years from now? I will have just graduated from college and I hope to be doing a program such as Teach For America, or maybe go
back to CITYterm and teach for a few years.
What do you do in your free time? When I am doing some form of theatre or homework, I enjoy spending time with my friends and family, watching Netflix, and exploring the world.
Do you have any special skills that you’d like us to know about? Spreading sunshine wherever I go.
Most embarrassing WCT moment? The parasol moment during Into The Woods  dress rehearsal.
If you could have dinner with a character from a play or musical, who
would it be and why? Matilda, because I feel we would have a really interesting conversation.

If you have a question for Karissa, please post it in the comments and we’ll post her responses as we receive them!

I need that shoe to have a child!

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In anticipation of our Winter Black Box Musical, we asked the cast and staff to share their thoughts about the show.  For the month of January, we’ll be sharing their thoughts here on the blog.

Sara O’Connell is a longtime WCT participant. She plays the role of the Baker’s Wife in Into the Woods.

1.  What do you love about  Into the Woods

I love the fantastic people I get to work with. Everyone in the show is so high energy and ready to work. The show is so extremely challenging but fun in the sense of what should be stressful and hectic environment, becomes a fun spirited and hilarious adventure. Also the music and overall story is fantastic.

2.  What should people know about the show?

Something that people should definitely know about the show is how touching it is. Sure there are lots of hilarious moments that take place on stage, but this show is really moving and I think everyone who goes to see it will leave feeling a new appreciation for something in their life that they didn’t have before.

3.  Why should people come to the show?

People should come see the show because you get to see 15 extremely talented kids work their butts off and having a blast doing it!

Into the Woods
January 31 – February 2

Music and Lyrics by STEPHEN SONDHEIM
Book by JAMES LAPINE
Originally Directed on Broadway by James Lapine
Orchestrations by Jonathan Tunick
Presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI)
Parental Discretion Advised. For more information please call 617-926-2787.

No! Let the animal die a slow, painful, agonizing death!

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In anticipation of our Winter Black Box Musical, we asked the cast and staff to share their thoughts about the show.  For the month of January, we’ll be sharing their thoughts here on the blog.

Emily Hart is a longtime WCT participant. She plays the roles of Cinderella’s Mother, Steward, and Granny  in Into the Woods.

1.  What do you love about  Into the Woods
I love that I was able to participate in another performance with people I’ve been in many shows with before (whom I never thought I’d be in a show with again!) . This show is extremely challenging but very enjoyable for all. There is a very wide range of emotions the audience will feel throughout the performance. I think my favorite aspect of it is that it’s a very metaphorical show that can be interpreted in many ways.

2.  What should people know about the show?

People should know that everyone involved in this production worked very hard to make it happen. Although it is very long, every moment of this show is of great significance to the overall plot.

 

3.  Why should people come to the show?

 

People should come to the show because it has something for everyone: there are funny scenes, beautiful songs, strange and ridiculous situations, but also very emotional parts. It is a challenge to bring such a complex story to life.

 

Into the Woods
January 31 – February 2

 

Music and Lyrics by STEPHEN SONDHEIM
Book by JAMES LAPINE
Originally Directed on Broadway by James Lapine
Orchestrations by Jonathan Tunick
Presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI)
Parental Discretion Advised. For more information please call 617-926-2787.

 

I can capture my own damsel, thank you.

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In anticipation of our Winter Black Box Musical, we asked the cast and staff to share their thoughts about the show.  For the month of January, we’ll be sharing their thoughts here on the blog.

Lucas Cmok Kehoe joined WCT in 2010.  He plays the roles of Cinderella’s Prince/Wolf in Into the Woods.

1.  What do you love about  Into the Woods

It’s great to be back at WCT with friends from past shows. It’s about time we had a teen program!

2.  What should people know about the show?

This show is crazy, hilarious, and a thrill to the end.

3.  Why should people come to the show?

People should come to see the passion that we (the cast) have put into this show. It’s been crazy putting it together in around a month but it has been an awesome experience!

Into the Woods
January 31 – February 2

Music and Lyrics by STEPHEN SONDHEIM
Book by JAMES LAPINE
Originally Directed on Broadway by James Lapine
Orchestrations by Jonathan Tunick
Presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI)
Parental Discretion Advised. For more information please call 617-926-2787.

When going to hide, know how to get there.

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In anticipation of our Winter Black Box Musical, we asked the cast and staff to share their thoughts about the show.  For the month of January, we’ll be sharing their thoughts here on the blog.

Karissa Coady is a longtime WCT participant. She plays the role of Cinderella’s Stepmother in Into the Woods.

1.  What do you love about  Into the Woods

What I value most about Into The Woods is the shows ability to be humorous while developing incredibly complex and dynamic characters. Bringing characters together across fairytales allows us to see them on another level. Characters that may have originally been looked at as purely evil like the Stepmother can find sympathy with the audience. While characters work together to reveal more about one another, they still maintain their own plot line and their own goals which they continue to remind us of their staggered pieces in songs. The show could truly end at the end of Act 1, but Act 2 really makes us this about what “Happy ever after” really means.

2.  What should people know about the show?

This show is long, but moves incredibly fast! There are a lot of people doing different things at once–singing different things at once– but it all comes together. If you have seen Into The Woods before, don’t be expecting a traditional show. The small playing space changes the feel of the show from a fairytale framed by a proscenium and to a much more realistic and intimate performance experience.

3.  Why should people come to the show?

The show is entertaining and thought provoking at the same time. Best of all though, Into The Woods is incredibly fun. We are all working hard and having a total blast while putting this show on and the enjoyability will definitely carry over to anyone who comes to see it.

Into the Woods
January 31 – February 2

 

Music and Lyrics by STEPHEN SONDHEIM
Book by JAMES LAPINE
Originally Directed on Broadway by James Lapine
Orchestrations by Jonathan Tunick
Presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI)
Parental Discretion Advised. For more information please call 617-926-2787.

 

He has charm for a prince I guess

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In anticipation of our Winter Black Box Musical, we asked the cast and staff to share their thoughts about the show.  For the month of January, we’ll be sharing their thoughts here on the blog.

Shayna Farmelant is a longtime WCT participant. She plays the role of Cinderella in Into the Woods.

1.  What do you love about  Into the Woods

It’s the most challenging show I’ve ever been in. There’s so much to do and so much to learn that the task can get daunting and a little stressful but the atmosphere at rehearsals are far from that. Even if I do get down about something, just watching the other people in the cast run their scenes brings me back up! This show could have easily become hard and not fun but it isn’t and I love that.

2.  What should people know about the show?

This show has sort of become my life. Everything people say somehow relates back to this show and I’ve come to the conclusion that it’s like being in a relationship. All of the songs are forever stuck in my head too and they’ll probably be in yours even if you only come once. If you come twice (which you totally should) maybe you’ll even know them with the timing! They’re all good songs though so this shouldn’t be a problem.

3.  Why should people come to the show?

We’ve been working so hard for the last two months; that seems reason enough. Plus, I get to be a princess and wear a wedding dress… That’s like my life’s goal.

Into the Woods
January 31 – February 2

Music and Lyrics by STEPHEN SONDHEIM
Book by JAMES LAPINE
Originally Directed on Broadway by James Lapine
Orchestrations by Jonathan Tunick
Presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI)
Parental Discretion Advised. For more information please call 617-926-2787.

When is a white cow not a white cow?

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In anticipation of our Winter Black Box Musical, we asked the cast and staff to share their thoughts about the show.  For the month of January, we’ll be sharing their thoughts here on the blog.

Nate Wright is a longtime WCT participant. He plays the roles of Narrator/Mysterious Man in Into the Woods.

1.  What do you love about  Into the Woods
Into the Woods is a fun and magical experience for the actors as well as the audience. The music is phenomenal and gives us a lot to laugh about.

2.  What should people know about the show?

This is the first show to incorporate an ALL High Schooler cast. Everyone here has had experience in acting before. This is a Sondheim musical, meaning the singing is VERY top notch.

 

3.  Why should people come to the show?
People should see the show and support the WCT so that they can do more High Schooler plays in the future. It is also a very popular musical that could be a special treat for the audience.

 

Into the Woods
January 31 – February 2

 

Music and Lyrics by STEPHEN SONDHEIM
Book by JAMES LAPINE
Originally Directed on Broadway by James Lapine
Orchestrations by Jonathan Tunick
Presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI)
Parental Discretion Advised. For more information please call 617-926-2787.