Article By: Nicole Trinidad
As children, many of us grew up on classics like “Cinderella”, “Little Red Riding Hood”, “Jack and the Beanstalk”, “Rapunzel”, and a myriad of others. This year’s spring musical imbues aspects from each fairy tale within the timeless performance, “Into the Woods”. Based on the original book by James Lapine, with music and lyrics from Stephen Sondheim, the drama department favored “Into the Woods” for this year’s spring production thanks to its multifaceted story and equally adaptable set of characters.
“Into the Woods” is a tasteful combination of the classic fairy tales mentioned: Jack and the Beanstalk, Cinderella, etc. Each subplot crosses paths with the main storyline which follows a Baker and his wife on their quest to have a child. However, due to a spell put on their house by an evil witch, they must go “Into the Woods” in order lift the spell and get their wish.
The main cast was comprised of Matthew Quintero as the Baker, Sheyenne Perez as Jack, Calista Gil as Jack’s Mother, Caitlyn Hinson as Cinderella, Veronika Orvolska as Little Red Riding Hood, Jessica Spruiell as the Witch, Emily Berg as the Narrator, and Ana Nguyen as the Baker’s Wife. Behind the scenes, the show was orchestrated by Stagecraft, directed by Grace Stanton, and musically directed by Megan Arthurton.
Although seamlessly performed, the organization process was one of Drama’s most daunting undertakings to date. “Just getting the rights alone to the musical was $3000, the mechanical cow we got is specifically designed for this show, and that was $250 as well” said Ana Nguyen (12). The production budget came from fundraisers like the Annual Dodgeball Tournament and Tigers Got Talent, as well as patrons generous enough to donate. Tickets also helped cover costs, this year $12 for students and $15 for adults.
Over the course of three months, countless hours of rehearsal and labor went into the production. Auditions were held back in December 2018, open to all VHS students. This year especially, Drama employed an extremely diverse cast ranging from Choir students to athletes.
Caitlyn Hinson (11) who is involved in the choir department explained, “It has been such a joy being in “Into the Woods”! It was really cool acting with such amazing and incredible actors. I really felt I could let loose and be myself around them and I was also able to learn so much.”
With all these improvements, the Spring production “exceeded everyone’s expectations” as “the best in years” remarked Quintero and Nguyen respectively. The common theme conveys the message of “be careful what you wish for” as the main characters make their journeys into the woods and explains every wish made comes with a price and that responsibility ultimately falls on you. The Spring Musical 2019 depicted this beautifully in a short amount of time and will go down in VHS history.