Once upon a time, an ordinary man was transported into a land where fairytales collide.
In a show that combines different storybook classics, Midlothian Heritage High School theatre students will perform "Into the Woods" this Friday and Saturday.
“This musical is interesting because there are a lot of small moments of magic,” Heritage theatre director Amy Brown said. “It’s going to be a really good show. We have a really good group of talented kids who are all really dedicated.”
The plot follows a Baker and his wife on their journey to have a child. The couple soon learns they can’t have a child because of a witch’s curse and when they set out to break the curse, their story bumps into the story of many others. Characters from Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, Rapunzel, and Cinderella all intertwine as each group faces the fine print of their wishes being granted.
The show was cast after Thanksgiving, and the students have been working on the music ever since. After the Christmas break, the actors started adding actions to their lines, working to accommodate the non-raised seating in Midlothian Heritage High School cafetorium.
“We accommodate the non-slanted seating by using levels on the stage,” Brown said.
Cast members have rehearsed four to eight hours a week, hoping to put on a show that delights the community and captures the heart of younger audience members who may want to join the theater program when they’re older.
For the last three years, Brown and Heritage students have been building the foundation the theater program sits on. Brown said when Heritage opened there were only a handful of kids interested, but what started as a group who could only do a six-person musical, has grown into the 70 cast and crew members that will produce the show this weekend.
The shows will be divided into two casts — A cast and B cast. The A cast will perform Friday and Saturday night at 7 p.m., while the B cast will perform during Saturday’s matinee showing at 1 p.m.
Heritage students built the majority of the set they will perform on, and for some seniors being in their last high school musical feel bittersweet.
“I think about it every day, and it’s sad in two weeks we will finish our last musical,” Katilyn Martin, who plays the baker’s wife said.
“It’s kind of heartbreaking actually because its kinda the last thing we will do together,” added Callie Roberson, stage manager. “We’re all going on different paths, but it makes me proud to see how far we have come.”
Tickets for Into the Woods are $10 for adults and $7 for students and can be purchased at the door or at https://search.seatyourself.biz/webstore/accounts/heritagetheatre/buy-tickets?d=1.