WJ S*T*A*G*E* prepares to go “Into the Woods”

After a successful run of “The Diary of Anne Frank,” S*T*A*G*E is moving on to their spring musical “Into the Woods,” the Broadway masterpiece by Stephen Sondheim. The show merges the plots of several fairy tales, such as Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel and Jack and the Beanstalk.

Many cast members agree the music is the most difficult aspect of the show. The majority of the show’s musical numbers are fast-paced with lots of quickly-sung lyrics.

“A lot of the music doesn’t make melodic sense, and there’s very wacky entrances and harmonies,” senior Anna Lebrun,who plays Cinderella in the show, said.

Into the Woods is Lebrun’s favorite show, and she’s dreamed of being Cinderella since seventh grade.

“I really gravitate towards the role,” Lebrun said. “I personally think she’s very spunky and smart and very imperfect. The hardest thing for me is finding a way to fit the vision I have of Cinderella with the vision everyone has grown up with.”

Senior Caroline Wagar, who plays the Wicked Witch, said the cast’s chemistry is tight.

“We are not just committed to the show — we’re committed to each other,” Wagar said. “Because we’re a very close cast, we are really excited to show up to rehearsals every day and work together.”

The cast rehearses nearly every day after school, and there are three main types of rehearsal: vocal, character and blocking. Vocal rehearsals are where the cast members learn the songs\; blocking rehearsals are for figuring out how to use the stage — where the actors should be during specific songs and the movements they plan on doing.

“Character rehearsals mainly consist of us discussing who the characters are, why they’re doing what they are doing, and brainstorming quirks and other little things to really flesh out and humanize the characters,” Lebrun said.

Stage crew is responsible for significant aspects of the show that audience members don’t typically see or realize. Senior Ian Combs is the master electrician and lighting designer, meaning he is responsible for coming up with all the lighting cues for the show.

“The challenging thing is trying to bring as much of the script to life as possible with what we have without overworking ourselves. The process of brainstorming the best ways to make the show memorable is a long process,” Combs said.

The show will run during the last two weekends of March on Fridays and Saturdays.