Spring Musical Set To Hit Stage
April 15, 2013
Where do you find wolves, witches, a baker and his wife, TWO prince charmings, Cinderella and her family, Rapunzel, Jack and his mother, Little Red Ridinghood and her Granny AND a mysterious man? Why ,by going Into the Woods, the spring drama production of Troy High School.
The Broadway musical by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine interweaves the stories together, and in Act I all end with wishes granted on the way to “happily ever after.” By Act II the characters have come to realize that getting everything they want hasn’t guaranteed happiness, and they return to the woods to find adventure and with that adventure, find their lives turned upside down and completely rearrangedBut, even at the end we find Cinderella still wishing for more.
The production premiers Friday, April 19, at 1 p.m. in the Troy High School Old Gym. This matinee is primarily for school students, but anyone may attend. Friday night the grade school children are encouraged to attend and bring their parents. For every child dressed in a story-book or fairy tale costume, accompanied by a paying adult, the child will get in free and receive a small favor, and have time for a photo op with some of the cast. So bring cameras! It is hoped that fairy-tale land is well represented in the audience that evening, Friday, April 19 at 7:30 p.m.
The Saturday night performance accompanies a roast beef dinner with vegetables, and salad and dessert bars. The tables will be thematically decorated for the play with table favors. Tickets for the dinner and play are $14 each, and these must be purchased as reservations, due Thursday, February 18. Seating begins at 6 p.m. with the dinner at 6:30 and the play at 7:30.
Tickets for any of the performances or for the dinner may be purchased from any cast member or by calling the school. Performance tickets without the meal are $4 for adults and $3 for students and may be purchased at the door. Dinner theater reservations must be made in advance.
The show features delightful songs, including the title piece, “Into the Woods.” Nearly every cast member has at least one key song: Jack (Trae Shelton) has “There Are Giants in the Land,” Little Red (Lauren Wigger) has “I Know Things Now,” the wolf (Nathan King) has “Hello, Little Girl,” the Witch (Amanda Clary) sings, “Children Will Listen ,” the Baker and his Wife (Braden Grossman and Tori King) realize that it may “take two” to actually achieve their dream of having a child, the Mysterious Man (Ben Wardlow) asks
How are We Ever to Know?” ; the Prince Charmings (Christopher Tharman and Dillon Rush) sing “Agony” about the efforts to find a perfect princess, and Cinderella (Hanna King)sings about being “stuck in the goo with the shoe at the palace.” The songs are clever and further the story line as well as being entertaining. The Kansas City Star Sunday compared the cleverness of Sondheim lyrics with that of the lyrics of W. S. Gilbert, of Gilbert and Sullivan musical operetta fame.
Other cast members are Cinderella’s family, Claire Marriott, Jacklynn Clary, Bailey Winkel, and William Boeh; Nathan King as the royal steward; Nicki Stanton as Granny; Katrina Tharman as Granny; Paige Fenley as Rapunzel and the voice of Cinderella’s Mother; and Halli Wigger as the voice of the giant’s widow.
Martha-Jean Rockey directs, and the play is being produced by arrangement with Musical Theater International. Call for tickets and reservations for the dinner theater now! The school may be reached at 795 985 2538, or you may email Mrs. Rockey the director at firstname.lastname@example.org for reservations.