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Into the Woods: Paving a Path for the Future


As the school year winds down, Gilmour’s Drama Club is performing “Into the Woods” as the Spring Musical. The Drama Club will be showcasing their talents at the Gates Mills Community House, on May 9 and May 10 at 8:00 p.m. A matinée will be performed at 2:00 p.m. on May 11. Tickets at the door are $5 for students and $10 for adults. 

“Into the Woods” is a story about some of the most famous fairy tales, with a few twists. The Drama Club appears to be excited about bringing their own spin on this show and set of fairy tales.

Sophia DiPuccio (‘19), who plays the witch, also makes her mark off the stage as a student director. DiPuccio said, “This is the best way for me to be a part of my last performance. I am so excited about it, I want it to be perfect. I want it to go out with a bang.”

James Berner (’19) plays the Baker and has multiple run-ins with the Witch performed by Sophia DiPuccio (’19).

“Into the Woods” will be the last performance in the Gates Mills theater as well as the last performance for the Drama Club’s seniors. As the seniors are off to college, their passing of the torch to the younger students happens with some emotion. The seniors are sad to leave but excited for what the future holds for the younger students.

Gabe Gainar (‘19) has performed in the Drama Club since his freshman year, and he is feeling excited for his last performance. As a graduating senior, Gainar said he is impressed with all the young cast members and has full confidence in their “carrying the torch” once the seniors are gone.

Gainar said, “While it is undeniably disappointing that we will be unable to utilize the incredible new Center for Performing Arts, I think I speak for all of the seniors when I say that we are thrilled for Mrs. Janis and for future students who will benefit greatly from this space. We are proud of our role in keeping the Drama Club alive and well while we had no facility of our own.”

Grace Gainar (’22) on the left is the stepmother of Cinderella played by Clara Morgan (’22) in the center. Leann Dulzer (’22) on the right is Cinderella’s stepsister .

Gabe’s sister, Grace, (’22) is a current freshman who will play Cinderella’s stepmother. She said, “After watching my brother perform in Gilmour’s plays over the years, I witnessed the versatility of the Drama Club. I also experienced it firsthand throughout what will soon be two shows at the Gates Mills Community Theater. It makes me all the more grateful for the chance to perform in the brand new Center for Performing Arts. I can’t wait to see what talent and passion this group will bring to the stage with a space of our own!”

Michael Overman (‘22), who plays Jack from “Jack and the Beanstalk” said, “The Drama Club is a good community for me to go to because I’m excited about practice every day after school.” For the seniors that are leaving, he wants to “thank them for welcoming him and for making it a fun place to go to.”

As Little Red Riding Hood, Arianna DiMenna (`22) navigates her way around dangers like the Wolf played by Sam Zhao (’19).

Arianna DiMenna (‘22), who plays Little Red Riding Hood said, “Even being in one of the scenes with a senior in a play or musical is an honor.” DiMenna commented that acting has helped her gain confidence with speech and debate and it allows her to express herself. She will miss the seniors, but looks forward to the future.

The seniors want to make sure that they are leaving the Drama Club in good hands. They hope that they have inspired the underclassmen for years to come. Gabe Gainar said, “I can’t wait to come back next year and watch my sister and others perform.”

The Lorraine and Bill Dodero Center for Performing Arts is projected to open in November 2019. This state-of-the-art facility will house all future shows for the Drama Club as well as a multitude of other venues.

Click here for more about “Into the Woods.”

5-9-19 EDIT: added “Tickets at the door are $5 for students and $10 for adults.”