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Into the Woods Spring Musical

February 12, 2019
By Deb Daley

Mercy High School will present Into the Woods, the James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim Tony-Award winning musical that takes everyone's favorite storybook characters and brings them together for a timeless, yet relevant, piece... and a rare modern classic. The play is set for April 26-28 at the school.  

Close to 50 students are involved in this production from the cast to the crew. The cast list is available here. The show features an ensemble performance requiring strong acting and singing throughout the production. 

According to Theatre Director Joshua Von Kampen Mercy benefits from having strong actresses able to play the roles required.

“We have seasoned upperclassmen with years of experience along with promising underclassmen,” he said.  

The story follows a Baker and his wife, who wish to have a child; Cinderella, who wishes to attend the King's Festival; and Jack, who wishes his cow would give milk. When the Baker and his wife learn that they cannot have a child because of a Witch's curse, the two set off on a journey to break the curse. Everyone's wish is granted, but the consequences of their actions return to haunt them later with disastrous results.

The set design, a collaborative effort between von Kampen and a team of students, will be flexible, allowing the ability to flip from small settings like individual houses to new locations in the woods created on the back.  To add dimension, there will be levels and ramps to give the stage depth. The perimeter of the stage will be transformed into a forest by and outline of trees.  

Tickets will be sold online and be available at the door.  Details will be available in mid-March.