“Into The Woods”

Into The Woods is premiering February 17-19 at Smoky Hill.

Alex Reschke, Staffer

“We’re all super excited about it and like having those stage lights come upon you is just a feeling that’s so surreal and then closing night after the curtain closes to know you did your best and to just have so much fun with these people is amazing,” Adey Abraha said. Abraha plays Cinderella’s mother in the upcoming play. 

“Into the Woods” is a book written by James Lapine and the stage adaptation by Stephen Sondheim who wrote the lyrics. The school will hold its own showing of the play from February 17-19 and will be held in the Smoky Hill Auditorium at 7:15. 

  • Student tickets will be $8 in advance, and $10 at the door
  • Adult tickets will be $10 in advance, and $12 at the door

The play is an 80’s classic about a Baker and his wife, who wish to bear a child. The baker will be played by Chris Custer, and the Baker’s wife will be played by Sophia Haynes. The story also follows Cinderella who will be played by Tracy Johnson, and Jack, who will be played by Marcus Walker.

 Cinderella’s wish is to attend the King’s festival, and Jack’s wish is to have a cow that will give milk. The baker and his wife learn about the Witches’ curse, which prevents them from having children, and thus starts their journey to break the curse. Although all their wishes are fulfilled, the consequences of their wishes come back to haunt them that reap catastrophic consequences. 

“It’s a really old classic. It was directed by Stephen Sondheim, and he’s a big legend in the theater world, and I don’t know if we’ve done a Disney play in a while. However, it’s pretty cool to do a Disney play,” Ethan Graves said, a tech crew member for the drama club. Stephen Sondheim is responsible for composing music for other major works such as West Side Story, and Sweeney Todd.  

“I really like to look into the history of the place. So who wrote it, that kind of stuff. For example, Into the Woods, a lot of those fairy tales came from the Grimm Brothers, and those were written in the 19th century,” Katherine Morelli said, Costume Head for the play. “So I wanted to keep the vibe that would have had when they were writing those characters. So that’s why I decided to use 19th-century clothing.” 

Morelli takes pride in her work and shows dedication to her craft, being most proud of Cinderella’s golden dress, which she had sewn by hand. 

Although covid and mask regulations have fluctuated over the past few months, the actors and actresses in the play will perform with special clear masks that allow us to see their emotions while still being safe.