Into the Woods Jr. Interview with Gabby Pence!

We are so excited for Into the Woods Jr. running February 22-March 4! Mark your calendars today to see Gabby Pence as Cinderella's Stepmother in the Middle School cast of Into the Woods Jr.!

Question 1: What is your favorite fairy tale and why?

A: My favorite fairy tale is probably the Disney movie Tangled, if you consider it a fairytale. I see myself in Rapunzel because she would give anything to escape her reality and explore the world, and she isn't satisfied with being held back. All she wants is to find herself and in doing so she finds much more! Both the storyline and music mean a lot to me. And, let's face it, anything with Mandy Moore is just plain magical.

Question 2: Why do you think fairy tales are still important in today's society?

A: Society right now can be depressing, and a lot of us are dealing with really tough things in our personal and social lives. I like to think that fairy tales can be an escape from reality and a way to learn life lessons just through reading a simple story. It's equally important to share fairy tales with children, because even the darker original fairy tales present issues and lessons still prevalent currently.

Question 3: If you could be any fairy tale character which one would you be and why?

A: Like I've said before, I love Tangled and Rapunzel's story. Consequently, I would probably choose to be her. She definitely has her issues, but this is how I'd like to see it: Before finding out who she is or even leaving her tower, she spent her days reading, painting, singing, etc. and is unconscious of the manipulation she is undergoing. When she finally is able to leave the tower, life tastes oh so sweet and she is finally able to enjoy it. Though there were many trials throughout her journey, it ended up with her being able to fulfill her dream of seeing the lights, meeting her true parents and marrying the love of her life. Sounds pretty great, right? She started the journey just a young and na├»ve girl and came out a much stronger woman with a clearer understanding of who she really was.