Oak Ridge High School Masquers, the school’s extracurricular drama program, is presenting “Into the Woods,” the Stephen Sondheim musical based on the classic Brothers Grimm fairy tales, in four performances this weekend.
The performances are scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday, March 4; 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, March 5; and 2 p.m. Sunday, March 6, at the Oak Ridge Performing Arts Center at Oak Ridge High School.
“Into the Woods” blends the story of Cinderella, Jack, Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel, the Baker, his Wife, and the Witch into a single interwoven tale of adventure and loss, a press release said. Backed by the brilliant music and lyrics of Sondheim, the songs explore choices the characters must make and how they process the experiences they are having. The first act brings every character their dreamed successes and is very family friendly, the press release said.
The second act explores the consequences of those successes in a more realistic and mature manner and may not be suitable for younger audience members. With moving numbers like “Moments in the Woods” and “No One is Alone” to the hilarious woe-is-me, one-up-manship of “Agony” to the sweet “It Takes Two” and many more songs, there is a musical number for every type of theater goer, the press release said.
“Under the direction of Dana Wham, who has directed, choreographed, or acted in numerous adult and children’s productions throughout the region, this year’s ‘Into the Woods’ continues the ORHS Masquers tradition of bringing excellent performances, impressive sets, amazing orchestration, and technical panache to the stage,” the press release said.
Masquers is a student-driven extracurricular program at ORHS of 65-plus students supported by community members and teaching staff. Past performances have included “Clue,” “Little Mermaid,” “Annie,” “Twelfth Night,” “Little Women,” and many more. The Masquers’ yearly season showcases a fall play, a spring musical, and night of small sketches.
Advance tickets are $8 and available at the Ferrell Shop at Historic Jackson Square, the press release said. At the door, student tickets are $9, and adult tickets are $10.
More information will be added as it becomes available.
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