The Gananda Senior High Drama Club, in association with the Gananda Performing Arts Boosters, will host three performances of “Into the Woods”. Showtimes are Friday, April 1st at 7:30pm. Saturday, April 2nd at 7:30pm, and Sunday, April 3rd at 2:00pm.The show features over 50 students in grades 9-12 in the cast and crew.
“Into the Woods” combines the well-known fairy tales of Cinderella, Rapunzel, Jack and the Beanstalk, and Little Red Riding Hood with the story of the Baker and his Wife who desperately want a child. Unfortunately, the Baker and his Wife have been cursed with childlessness by a witch and must perform various missions involving the characters in the other fairy tales to break the spell. The Baker and his Wife must bring the witch a cow as white as milk, a cape as red as blood, hair as yellow as corn, and a slipper as pure as gold. After a series of failed attempts, the Baker and his Wife finally are able to perform the tasks necessary to break the spell. Once the characters have accomplished their goals, however, they learn about the pitfalls of greed and gluttony. Finally, they learn about the need for community and family when they must unite to fight against the wife of the giant Jack killed who has decided to come back for revenge.
The show is very funny, but the original version contains some fairly dark scenes in the second act. Gananda’s Drama Club has “lightened” the show considerably and created a very whimsical, “family-friendly” version that is suitable for all ages.
The cast includes senior Alyssa Joy as the Witch, sophomore Connor Finnegan as the Baker and junior Allie York as the Baker’s Wife, freshman Colin Nims as Jack and sophomore Sidney Cannon-Bailey as his mother. Juniors Jake Carder and Kelly Weill share the role of Milky White, Jack’s cow. Junior Kristy Allen is Cinderella; freshman Holden Maiorana is her prince. Junior Lia Munoz and freshman Andy York are Cinderella’s parents, senior Danielle Stoner is her stepmother, and junior Stephanie Jozwiak and senior Taylor Goebel as her stepsisters. Senior Audrey Allen is Rapunzel; her prince is portrayed by freshman Ben Schumacher. Freshman Sarah Looney plays the role of Little Red, sophomore Aaron Rath is the Wolf, and junior Jess Schumacher is Granny. Junior Evan Schwind is the Mysterious Man and freshman Kyler Schwind is the Steward. Junior Meg Weiss plays the role of the Giant and Sleeping Beauty and junior Lexie Tubiolo is cast as Snow White. The story is narrated by seniors Mandy Dean and Jenn Bade. The show’s ensemble includes Lizzy Brate, Justin Clark, Emily Eddy, Tiffany Gregoire, , Maeghan Harrison, Carissa Kelly, Bethany Lane, Sarah Mykins, Katie Scherzi, Haley Smith, and Lauren Tichacek.
The show is directed by the Gananda High School Drama Club Advisor, Kevin Farnsworth and Student Director, Melissa Royal. Kelsey Brillian and Nick Skrotzki will serve as stage managers. The crew includes: Colin Brillian, Molly Bufton, Lizzy Halstead, Taylerre Hermann, Tori Johnson, Lucy Montanaro, Zach LaMarche, Amanda Roberts, Case Sorce, Cole Sorce, and Nadiya Shestopalko.
Tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for students and Senior Citizens. Tickets are available at the high school box office as well as online.
For box office hours and additional details on how to order tickets, please visit www.gananda.org.