The Wauseon High School theatre will be abuzz with the stories of childhood fables this weekend as a cast of about 30 students present the spring musical of “Into the Woods.”
The hit Broadway musical, turned Disney film adaption, follows a childless baker and his wife and their quest to begin a family. Along the way, they interact with a witch who places a curse on them, as well as an array of other storybook characters along their journey.
Choral Director Angelica Dunsavage, in her first year of directing the musical at WHS, is excited to present her favorite musical with a setting that brings the audience back in time a bit, but with a full circle twist.
“There’s just something about the ability to mix all of these fairy tale characters all in one setting that’s really fun for the audience. It’s like seeing all of your childhood heroes and villains all on one stage,” she said. “I think the greatest part about those characters though is that they have the personalities of real people. They make mistakes, and they have flaws, which is something you don’t see in Disney animated movies. There are no saints in this show, and it challenges the meaning of ‘happily ever after.’”
The seasoned cast includes seniors Aaron Spieles as the Baker, Julie Kahrs as the witch, and Gabe Witt as Jack (of Jack and the Beanstalk), juniors Colton Blanton as the narrator, Karli Callahan as Cinderella, and Liv Ladd as Little Red Riding Hood, and sophomore Monica Betz as the Baker’s wife.
Stepping into her first role as Student Director, junior Amanda Baker, an active student in the school’s music program and a part of the stage crew, hair and makeup team, and cast in past performances, is excited for the potential to delight the cast and production crew has.
“I love being able to work with the staff as well as the students to really make this something special,” she said.
Dunsavage is equally impressed with the cast’s work to tackle the challenging scenes and musical numbers presented by the show.
“In both the Broadway show and the Disney movie, there are just amazing songs, from funny to completely emotional. I think it says a lot about the ability of this cast to be able to pull off the vocal and dramatic work needed to make this show really take off,” she said.
The musical will be presented on Friday, March 31 and Saturday, April 1, both at 7 p.m., while the Sunday, April 2 performance will take place at 2 p.m. Tickets are available in advance from any cast member or at the door for $8 for students and seniors and $10 for adults.
The cast and crew is very thankful for the community’s support of their productions over the years and are hopeful this year proves the same.
“The cast and crew has spent so many hours preparing for the show, and we have a lot of fun with it. Our community is very supportive of the students here at WHS with so many activities, and I have no doubt that the musical will be any different,” Baker said.
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