'Into the Woods' opens tonight
WILLMAR — Willmar Senior High School presents "Into the Woods" at 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday at Brau Performing Arts Center in the high school. Tickets are available at the district and high school websites and at Community Education and Recreation in Jefferson School. Adult tickets are $10, student tickets are $5.
"Into the Woods," by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine, is a musical filled with Brothers Grimm storybook characters — Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk and Rapunzel. It is all tied together by an original story involving a baker and his wife, and their wish to begin a family and their interaction with the witch who has put a curse on them.
The narrator is Madyson Brown.
Ethan Gustafson plays the baker and his wife is played by Sydney Lanning. Joely Palmer plays the witch.
Maeve Winter plays Rapunzel and Erik Heen is Rapunzel's Prince.
Cinderella is played by Kathryn Gubrud. Cinderella's parents are played by Julia Thaden and Devin Fuchs. Maryssa Rende plays her stepmother and Kayla Norling and Abby Hoffmann play the stepsisters. Cinderella's Prince is played by James Bakker.
Little Red Riding Hood is played by Rachel Lanning with Tasha Klatt playing her Granny and Connor Olson the Wolf.
Jack is played by Marquis Christenson with Maddie Peterson playing his mother. Bailey Stahl is Milky White.
Jeremy Pierskalla plays the Mysterious Man and Haines plays the Steward. Makenna Brouwer is Snow White and Sarah Carlson is Sleeping Beauty.
Members of the chorus are Carly Haines, Chris Wright, Courtney Carlson, Dylan Buddy, Emma Lippert, Isaac Rende, Marah West, Matthew Weiss, Pedro Cruz, Quiana Christenson, Serena Mobley, Shawn Mellies-U'Ren and Sydnie Staebell.
The pit orchestra director is Todd Blaser.
Playing the woodwinds are Sonja Madsen, Belkis Hernandez and Ms. Kaylee Helgeson.
Brass players are Cole Helfinstine, Peyton Mueske, Hannah Olson, Elliot Christensen and Ethan Bos.
Playing percussion are Elise Vomacka and Hannah Bolling.
The string players are Caleb Erickson, Malachi Kinney, Sara Miller, Douglas Thoms, Rebecca Anfinson, Emilee Lowery and Myles Kinney with Jacob Berg playing the bass.
Jacob Meyer is on piano and keyboard, with Sara Miller playing the synthesizer.
Running the lights and sound under the direction of Terry Brau are Makenna Hogan, Julia Iverson, Kya Egge, Alan Mangen, Eleanor Schmitz, Jin Young Choi and Hali Ziehl.
Bryan Mara is the set director, and the set and backstage crew are Marina Moyers, Sydney Benson, Jazmen Hernandez, Tristan Swenson, Juliana Reyes, Taylor Nichols, Stella Peppin and Shawn Mellis-U'Ren.
The musical directors are Neal Haugen, Julene Haugen and Travis Michelson with Elise Haugen as the assistant director.
The student director is Addy DeKraai.
Kari Michelson is the choreographer, Alison Schaaf is the art director and Susie Johnson is the costume director.