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‘It’s a good show’: Drama Club performs “Into the Woods Jr.”

April 16, 2024

The cast and crew for Poland's "Into the Woods Jr."

 

The Drama Club performed “Into the Woods Jr.” as its spring musical on two dates in April.

 

Performances were April 19 and 20 in the Walker Auditorium at the Poland Central School District building.

 

“Into the Woods, Jr.” is a fairy tale featuring characters like Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood and Rapunzel. The musical is an adaptation of Stephen Sondheim’s and James Lapine’s “Into the Woods.”

 

Senior Emma Taylor said it was fun putting this show together.

 

“The show’s been done a lot, but not recently. We worked really hard. It’s a good show,” Taylor said.

 

Without giving away spoilers, students said there are some favorite parts of preparation and the performance.

 

“Scene Three: ‘Giants in the Sky’ is my favorite,” said sixth-grader Alex Beck.

 

“I like all the music and the time (Poland music teacher) Ms. (Margaret) Kraeger took to teach it to us,” said seventh-grade student Brielle Schrader.

 

Tenth grade student and stage manager Grace McOwen added the play will be visually appealing too, saying, “It’s a very unique set and fun to make.”

 

McOwen also emphasized that being in Drama Club is like being in “one big family.”

 

“Once you are up there with people you know, it’s not as bad,” Schrader added.

 

Poland English teacher Michael Gagnon, who is leading the students in the play, said a diverse age range in the cast and crew carries the show as the club sees a continued youth movement.

 

Schrader said seeing the younger students get bigger roles has been a favorite part of Drama Club for her this year.

 

“It’s a group of really strong high school kids. It’s also become a nice mix of youth, exuberance and energy,” Gagnon said.

 

 

Cast in order of appearance (* denotes senior) 

 

Narrator………………..……………..Riley Gagnon

Cinderella……………….…..……….Julia Metzgier

Jack………………..………..…………..Brady Allen

Milky White…………….…………..Isabelle Falchi

The Baker’s Wife……..……………Emma Taylor*

The Baker………………..……..……Tyler Boyce

Cinderella’s Stepmother……….Alexa Pope

Florinda……….……….…………….Dharma Martin

Lucinda…..……………….………….Brielle Schrader

Little Red Riding Hood………….Ellie Beck

Jack’s Mother……..………………..Megan March*

Witch………..…………….…………..Julia Ossont

Cinderella’s Father……………….Brayden Leone

Cinderella’s Mother……………...Hailey Carnright

Tree……………………………………..Marissa Mashtare

Tree……………………………………..Jayden Pawlikowski

Mysterious Man…………………..Ariel Pope

Wolf…………………………………….Leia Christian*

Rapunzel……………………………..Emily Pope

Granny………………………………..Brielle Schrader

Cinderella’s Prince………………Alex Beck

Rapunzel’s Prince………………..Izzy Horan

Steward……………………………….Robby Wilson

Other Cow…………………………..Marissa Mashtare

 

Crew (* denotes senior) 

 

Stage Manager/Wardrobe…………Grace McOwen

Propmaster/Wardrobe………………Aurora Potter

Light Design/Set Design….…………Carolyn Schrader

Sound Design………….….………………Kyle Mercer

Lights………………….……………………..Christian Whitaker

Sound Tracks..….……..…………………Gavin Horan

Sound/Spotlight……..…………………Austin Mercer*

Artistic Direction…………..……………Amber Muller

Set Design/Stagehand……………….Ethan Graves

Stagehand…………….…….……………..Logan Lonis

Stagehand…………….…….……………..Serenity “Siren” Houghton

Set Design/Stagehand……………….Violet Root-Lanier

Stagehand/Set Construction.…….Achillies Saunders-Ortiz

Spotlight……………………………………Matthew Nebush

Set Design…………………………………Elizabeth “Moxxie” Hokinson