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Raytown High will perform “Into the Woods”

Raytown High School’s theatre arts and music departments will perform the musical “Into the Woods” at the Robert B. Atkin Performing Arts Center on November 17, 18, and 19 at 7:00 each evening.

The musical is a multiple Tony award winner, including the award for Best Book and Best Score, and has played on Broadway since 1987, making it a modern classic.

A baker and his wife go into the woods to find objects they need to break a spell of childlessness that has been cast upon them, and they encounter and become entwined with familiar characters like Cinderella, Little Red Ridinghood, and Jack from Jack and the Beanstalk become tangled and intertwined with one another as they all pursue their goals.   In the darker, more serious second act, viewers see what happens after the end of the stories as they know them and learn that real life is often not as straightforward as “happily ever after.”  The themes of parenthood, truth, family significance, accepting responsibility, confronting fears, decision making, and generational family dysfunction are explored.

Thirty one talented actors and singers will take the stage, including Alex Accurso as The Witch, Blake Nodwell as Jack, Audrey Drace as Jack’s Mother, Christina Cunningham as Little Red, Mosha Clyma as Cinderella, Dayton Saling as the Baker, Julia Hamilton as the Baker’s Wife, Andrew Best as Cinderella’s Prince, and Mark Wilkes as the Mysterious Man.  

“Into the Woods” is directed by the Cara (Davern) Hampton, an alumnus of the Raytown High School Theatre program.

“I am setting the bar really high for these students, and they are reaching it.  I fully expect this production to be one that rises above the level of quality one might expect from actors so young,” Hampton said.

Tickets are $8 in advance and $9 at the door.  To reserve tickets, call 268-7300, or e-mail Hampton at cara.hampton@raytownschools.org  

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