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'Into the Woods' opens tonight

Erica Dischino / Tribune The baker, played by Ethan Gustafson, left, and the baker’s wife, right, played by Sydney Lanning, react as the witch, played by Joely Palmer, casts a curse on them during Willmar Senior High School’s dress rehearsal of “Into the Woods.” The musical is presented at 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday at the Brau Performing Arts Center at Willmar Senior High.1 / 9
Erica Dischino / Tribune The wolf, played by Connor Olson, left, tries to coax Little Red Riding Hood, played by Rachel Lanning, in Willmar Senior High School’s production of “Into the Woods.” 2 / 9
Erica Dischino / Tribune Willmar Senior High School’s cast of “Into the Woods” sing the first group song in the show during a dress rehearsal Nov. 4. 3 / 9
Erica Dischino / Tribune Connor Olson plays the Wolf in Willmar Senior High School’s rendition of Sondheim and Lapine’s “Into the Woods.” The musical is presented at 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday at the Brau Performing Arts Center at Willmar Senior High.4 / 9
Erica Dischino / Tribune Little Red Riding Hood, played by Rachel Lanning, along with the rest of Willmar Senior High School’s cast of Sondheim and Lapine’s “Into the Woods” sing their first group song in the show during a dress rehearsal Nov. 4. The musical is presented at 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday at the Brau Performing Arts Center at Willmar Senior High.5 / 9
Erica Dischino / Tribune Jack’s Mother, played by Maddie Peterson, tells Jack to sell their family’s cow during Willmar Senior High School’s Nov. 4 dress rehearsal of “Into the Woods.”6 / 9
Erica Dischino / Tribune Milky White, played by Bailey Stahl, left, and Jack, played by Marquis Christenson, say goodbye before parting ways during “Into the Woods” dress rehearsal Nov. 4 at Willmar Senior High School.7 / 9
Erica Dischino / Tribune Kathryn Gubrud, as Cinderella, awaits the presence of her deceased mother during dress rehearsal of Willmar Senior High School’s production of “Into the Woods." The musical is presented at 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday at the Brau Performing Arts Center at Willmar Senior High.8 / 9
Erica Dischino / Tribune Willmar Senior High School’s cast of “Into the Woods” sing the first group song in the show during a dress rehearsal Nov. 4. 9 / 9

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.

Donna Middleton

Coordinates calendars/listings (Church, Good Neighbors, Arts, Around Our Region) along with School and Students and handles letters to the editor. Began working part time at West Central Daily Tribune in 1975, working evenings in the sports department. Moved to news department fulltime days in September 1994. Married to retired Tribune sportswriter/photographer Rand Middleton. 2 grown children.

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