Jennie Greenberry (seated) as Cinderella, , Royer Bockus (standing) as Rapunzel. Photo: Jenny Graham

Jennie Greenberry (seated) as Cinderella, , Royer Bockus (standing) as Rapunzel. Photo: Jenny Graham

*When Jennie Greenberry, who plays the role of “Cinderella” in the Oregon Shakespeare Festival production of “Into The Woods” at The Wallis Theater in Beverly Hills got an email out of the blue  asking if she’d interested in auditioning for the role, she says her first thought was one, “This is amazing” – because ‘Into the Woods’ is one of her favorite  musicals; but then she found herself thinking, “Do they know I’m not white.”

At a striking 5’9″ tall, Greenberry is probably one of the tallest women to ever play the role of the poor, abused servant girl who catches the eye (and heart) of prince charming.

“I never saw myself in the show. Not that I didn’t want to be, I just never saw anyone that looked like me in Into the Woods. I thought, ‘Oh its a great show but there’s probably nothing in it for me.'”

Greenberry, a soprano whose theater work includes plays such as The Wiz, Pippin, Ain’t Misbehavin, Little Shop of Horrors and dozens more – was up for two roles in two different plays when the call came in for Into The Woods. She ended up getting both roles, Cinderella and a role in the play, “Cocoanuts,” as part of a 10-month contract.

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