Eisenhower heads ‘Into the Woods’

By: Eric Czarnik | Sterling Heights Sentry | Published February 18, 2015

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STERLING HEIGHTS — Students at Eisenhower High School are learning that fairy tales do come true when you bring them to the stage.

Eisenhower’s Performing Arts Department will present the musical “Into the Woods” Feb. 26-March 1 at the high school.

Director David Springer said the musical, which originally came out in the 1980s, has a story that weaves together several plots from fairy tales like Cinderella, Rapunzel and Little Red Riding Hood.

Springer said a Disney version of the production appeared in theaters around Christmastime, and he explained that the school also once scheduled a production of “Les Miserables” around the time that musical’s film came out.

Springer said a cast of 60, along with 35-40 people working backstage are involved with putting “Into the Woods” together.

“We’re working hard on it, and it’s a good family show,” he said. “The kids like the fairy tale characters, and there is a nice message of parenting, so it’s a good mix of things.”

While he said the production and its fairy tale theme offer plenty of chances for leading roles, those roles are often demanding.

“The composer is Stephen Sondheim, who is a very talented composer, but also very challenging,” Springer said. “The music is challenging, but (the students) are rising up to it.”

Eisenhower High School senior Emily Cook says she will play the role of the Baker’s Wife, whom she said is a character to which people, especially parents and mothers, can relate.

“Basically, with her husband, they’re trying to undo a spell in order to have a child,” she said.

Cook explained that she studied some female roles that she sees in her own life and incorporated some of their characteristics into her character.

“For the most part, the Baker’s Wife is a relatively easy singing role because the Baker’s Wife, she is more of an acting character,” Cook said. “Like for the Witch, she has a much more vocally challenging role.”

Eisenhower senior Charles Cacchione is playing the Wolf from the Little Red Riding Hood story. The character, an antagonist, is more “childhood dark” than insanely so, he explained.

Cacchione described the enjoyable part of acting, such as being able to show the emotions behind what his character does.

“The thing I love most about doing theater is you’re with so many people who are talented and love to do the same things that you do,” he said.

The Performing Arts Department at Eisenhower High School, 6500 25 Mile Road in Shelby Township, will present “Into the Woods” at 7 p.m. Feb. 26-28 and at 2 p.m. March 1. Admission costs $12 for adults, $10 for students and seniors. Acquire tickets at the door or by visiting www.showtix4u.com.

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