By Annie Griffith
TROY — From bubbly beauties to burly beasts, Troy High School’s production of “Into the Woods” has it all. This year’s cast has been working hard for long hours in order to get this show on the road.
“Into the Woods” is a story about the classic Grimm Brothers fairy tale coming to life as the characters enter the woods and their paths crossing. They deal with the consequences of having wishes come at a cost, said Stephanie Strope, producer and assistant director.
Troy High School students have been practicing for months to learn their lines, songs and choreography, Strope said. The students on stage are not the only ones who make this show come together — behind the curtain is where a lot of the work happens.
“I’m really enjoying this job as it is something I have wanted since freshman year. The set has been heavily worked on by the students and Mr. Imboden, I am very proud of how well they have done,”said stage manager Hannah Stickle.
The roles have been assigned to each student through a long audition process. They earned their roles through their acting abilities, as well as their singing abilities. But their real personalities plays a big part in the decision as well.
“I’m glad I have the role I do (as the witch) because she is so diverse. She has to be tender at times, but nasty and mean in other moments,” said Natalie Henson, who has been involved in musicals for more than 10 years.
The supportive cast has been working together to help each other get into their roles. When assigned a role, it can be a lot of work to transform into their character. But this year, the roles seem to fit the casts’ personalities perfectly.
“The cast is really great this year. Everyone fits their roles so well. I’m excited for the shows this weekend and I hope everyone comes out to see us, it is worth it,” said Andrew Bartley, who plays Jack in “Into the Woods.”
The musical, directed by Erik Strope, will start at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $10 for reserved seating, $8 general seating and $5 for senior and student general seating.