The Archbold High School auditorium is the venue for the Archbold Community Theatre musical, “Into The Woods.”
The musical, which debuted in 1986, intertwines characters and plot lines from several fairy tales.
The musical depicts what George Bernard Shaw, Irish playwright, called the two tragedies in life: “One is not getting your heart’s desire. The other is to get it.”
Local thespians in the production include Caleb Wyse, Donna Kinsman, Moriah Rosales, and Marli Fryman, Archbold.
Wyse plays Jack of “Jack and the Beanstalk.” Kinsman is Granny from “Little Red Riding Hood.” Rosales is Rapunzel, from the fairy tale of the same name. Fryman is part of the supporting cast, as are Angelina Sorge and Nick Wilcoxon, Wauseon, and Phil Ennen, Bryan.
The cautionary tale unfolds as the Baker (Perry Andre, Wauseon) and his wife long for a baby, but a curse placed upon his father by a neighboring witch has left them childless.
Nearby, Cinderella longs to go to a festival, but she’s chastised by her stepmother and stepsisters (Adrienne Schmucker, Wauseon, and Elizabeth Bower, Toledo), who leave without her.
Also longing for something to better their lives are Jack and his mother. She sends Jack to market to sell his beloved cow.
As the Baker and his wife try to undo the curse, their lives forever are entwined with the lives of the other residents of the woods.
Little Red Riding Hood (Chelsea Enne, Bryan) is taking treats to Granny when she meets the Wolf (Lorenzo McKeever, Wauseon). Rapunzel sings from her tower, enticing a prince to come to her.
As each character journeys through the woods on a quest to find his or her heart’s desire, a Mysterious Man continues to stir the suspense and intrigue of the Woods.
Michelle Johnson, Wauseon, directs with the assistance of Michael D. Short, Archbold.
Bev Ernst, Wauseon, is the musical director; Lindsey Rohrs Bialorucki, Gerald, directs the pit orchestra.
Steve Van Sickle and Bill Phelps, Archbold, and Shawn Liechty, Pettisville, are among the crew building the set.
Tracy Ziegler, Archbold is designing the lighting effects.
ACT presents “Into The Woods,” Friday and Saturday, July 13-14, 20-21, at 7:30 pm, and Sunday, July 22, 2 pm.
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