Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre announces cast for “Into the Woods”


By Zach Dunkin


Three Hamilton County actors have earned roles in the large cast of “Into the Woods,” debuting at the Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre Oct. 6. The dinner theatre on the northwest side of Indianapolis recently announced the 15-member cast for the Brothers Grimm tale.

The cast will include:

  • Danny Kingston, Westfield, will play Jack, a role he performed a decade ago when he attended Westfield High School.
  • Don Farrell, Carmel, the co-founder of and producing artistic director for Carmel’s Actors Theatre of Indiana, will play the baker.
  • Grace Sell, Noblesville, will have two roles, Cinderella’s stepmother and Little Red Riding Hood’s grandmother.

The cast also includes five actors from Indianapolis: Suzanne Stark, a former Carmel resident, who will play Jack’s mother;  Jaddy Ciucci, who will portray Little Red Riding Hood; and A.J. Morrison and Christine Zavakos, who will play Steward and Florinda, respectively.


The musical earned Tony Awards for book by James Lapine and score by Stephen Sondheim and starred multi-award winning actress Meryl Streep as the witch. Originally opening on Broadway in 1987, “Into the Woods” was brought to the big screen by Disney in 2014. The film version earned three Oscar nominations.

“With the recent successful productions of ‘The Addams Family,’ ‘Les Misérables’ and ‘Chicago’ on our stage, we felt we could choose a show that had a little more of a dramatic tone,” said Douglas E. Stark, executive director. “With its success on Broadway and Disney, ‘Into the Woods’ has developed a wider audience appeal, and we felt we needed to place it in our season.”

“Into the Woods” is on stage for 49 performances through Nov. 20. Tickets range from $41 to $66 and include Chef Odell Ward’s dinner buffet and select beverages. For tickets, call the box office at 317-872-9664.