Clintonville characters head ‘Into the Woods’

High schoolers to present fairy tale musical Nov. 9-11

Contributed Photo Director Leah Armstrong, third from left, works on the set of Clintonville High School’s upcoming production of “Into The Woods” with cast and crew members. All had to work together to create the large paper mâché trees needed for the show’s set.

A musical journey based on the Brothers Grimm fairy tale characters will come to life on the Clintonville High School auditorium stage, as the drama club presents “Into the Woods” next month. The Tony Award-winning musical is being directed by choir teacher Leah Armstrong.

The show, written by Stephen Sondheim, follows well-known characters from such stories as Cinderella and Jack and the Beanstalk through new twists and predicaments that question what it means to live happily ever after.

“The soaring music and the sophisticated and clever score make this one of the best musicals of all time,” Armstrong said. “It’s a difficult show, but the students are up to the challenge.”

Main characters include: Little Red Riding Hood, played by Jetlyn Michonski; Rapunzel, played by Paige Dulavy; Jack, played by Trenton Laack; Cinderella, played by Makayla Easley; and the witch, Laurel Pingle. The show is being narrated by Garret Jahnke.

Other cast members include Daniel Torrez, Emma Zwirschitz, Samuel Wittman, Samantha Hartleben, Leigha Lundt, Nicole Kirchner, Madisen Ortner, Sophia Lamia, Caitlin Huber, Mia Peterson, Zeke Fietsch, Gerald Wood, Emma Baum, Stephanie Mueller, Samuel Arneson, Isaac Schultz, Michael Michonski, Zachary Hunter, Abby Oskey and Xenia Pleuger. Many additional students and alumni are assisting with building props, creating the set, helping with hair and makeup and working backstage.

A live orchestra will accompany the performers, directed by Josh Heyer, Clintonville High School band teacher.

Performances will be Nov. 9 and 10 at 7 p.m., with a 2 p.m. matinee Nov. 11. Tickets are available at the door 30 minutes before show time. Admission is $8 per person, or $20 for a three-performance bundle package.

Since its start in 1986, “Into The Woods” has been performed hundreds of times on Broadway and around the world. It is being presented in Clintonville through an arrangement with Music Theatre International.