Talented Teachers

Three Carson City Teachers with Lead Roles in Local Musical Production
Posted on 08/29/2022
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To say the talent is strong among teachers and employees in the Carson City School District would be an understatement. Within the local Broadway production of “Into The Woods,” three Carson City teachers retain lead roles including Ms. Darby Beckwith, Drama teacher at Carson High, as Cinderella; Ms. Tara Rispin, Science teacher at Eagle Valley Middle School, as Little Red Riding Hood and Ms. Lynette Gardner, American Literature, Honors English and AVID IV teacher at Carson High School, as Jack's Mother from Jack and the Beanstalk.  

The musical production, a partnership between Sierra School of Performing Arts and Reno Little Theater, just finished shows at the Bartley Ranch amphitheater. As we get into September, it will then move to Reno Little Theater for a handful of dates, and then to the Brewery Arts Center in Carson City from Sept. 16 to 18.

The story follows a Baker and his wife, who wish to have a child; Cinderella, who wishes to attend the King's Festival; and Jack, who wishes his cow would give milk. When the Baker and his wife learn that they cannot have a child because of a Witch's curse, the two set off on a journey to break the curse. Everyone's wish is granted, but the consequences of their actions return to haunt them later with disastrous results.

According to the ThisIsReno.com review, the 1987 Steven Sondheim musical blends traditional fairy tales to create a wildly funny—and, at times, ridiculous—story enacted through song, dance, a few skirmishes and tomfoolery among the characters. Attendees will immediately pick up on characters from Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella and Jack and The Beanstalk, among some of the fairy tales that inspire this modern rendition. The cast features more than 25 people of all ages – and features incredibly talented local performers.

Please click here for ticket information and show times at the Reno Little Theater or the Brewery Arts Center.

Photo Credit: Bob Conrad, 1989 Carson High School graduate, ThisIsReno.com, copyright 2022. Republish with permission, [email protected], (775) 636-7959.