Fine Arts

Walnut Hills High School Theatre Department opens the school year with musical hit “Into The Woods”

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September 28, 2018


Cincinnati, OH- Walnut Hills High School is set to debut their first show of the 2018-19 school year with “Into The Woods” on November 1st. The award-winning department is excited to open the year with their Cappies production in the newly-dedicated Rick Steiner Black Box Theatre, where they will stage the show in an environmental setting that will blur the lines between performer and audience.


“Into The Woods” is a famous show, known mostly for its Disney movie adaptation. “We’re doing a popular show in a very unique and original way,” says Michael Sherman, head of the department and director for this production. “I’m excited to do this show in this space because I think it will really help to bring out the intimacy of the show and heighten the connection the audience can make with these characters.”


The set and full immersion of the audience are a big part of the future success of Walnut Hills’ adaptation. “The audience is actually sitting in the woods and all over the place, so it’s really going to be an immersive audience experience,” says Helen A. Raymond-Goers, the Walnut Hills Technical Director and set designer for the show.


“We want it to feel as organic as possible,” says senior Ben Methena, master carpenter, “We thought it would be more natural, and we wanted everything to be different.”


Walnut Hills High School’s production of “Into The Woods” is expected to be a hit with all of the immersion of the audience and the way that they can relate to the familiar and loveable fairy tale characters.

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Show Synopsis:

“Into the Woods”

Book by James Lapine

Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim


James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim take everyone's favorite storybook characters and bring them together for a timeless, yet relevant, piece.

The Tony Award-winning book and score are both enchanting and touching.

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.


 

Show Dates:



November 1-3, @7p.m.

November 8-10, @ 7p.m.

November 3&10 @ 2 p.m.


Tickets: $12 for adults, $10 for Walnut staff and students, https://www.showclix.com/event/WHHStheatre-Into_the_Woods

(please note that online ticket fees apply)


Walnut Hills Theatre Department Website:  https://sites.google.com/view/whhstheatredepartment


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Photos courtesy of Mikki Schaffner Photography
Poster art courtesy of Olivia Hinds
 

 
 
 
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