The theatre department on campus is buzzing with activity this time of year, as tryouts for the Spring play are rapidly approaching. Students will be performing the classic musical, Into the Woods, a stellar fantasy themed show that integrates several fairy tale plots into a whirlwind story about the choices these characters make. I spoke with one TOHS theatre student, senior Kristen Wisneski, who is elated about this play and will be auditioning.
The Lancer: So, what character will you be auditioning for in Into the Woods?
Kristen Wisneski: I’m just hoping for any role, but I would really like to play the Baker’s Wife or the Witch.
TL: What can students who attend expect from this show?
KW: It truly is a magical show. It weaves so many different fairy tale stories together in a brilliant and captivating tale. There are so many entertaining aspects elements to it… the perfect balance of comedy and tragedy all in one. Not to mention the award winning score which features beautiful music by Stephen Sondheim. The theatre program at TOHS are so very fortunate to be putting on such a popular, first-rate show and I cannot wait to get the ball rolling!
TL: Have you seen Into the Woods in person? If so, how did you like it as an audience member?
KW: I saw it when I was really young so I can’t remember much, but I did watch the recorded on stage version from Broadway with Bernadette Peters, who is an amazing theatre star who played the Witch. I also saw the movie that came out in 2014, but the show is different to the movie.
TL: Since the play is mainly singing, are you excited to take on a role with less dialogue and more musicality?
KW: Absolutely! I would say the show is 40% dialogue and 60% singing, so you’re not losing dialogue completely, but I love being able to act with song lyrics. The melody, especially if it is composed well, adds so much to the scene that dialogue sometimes lacks on its own. The music can help convey more emotion and really finish the scene with a bang.
TL: What is it like working with your fellow cast members on and off stage?
KW: It is such a joy working with the theatre family. Collaboration is what theatre is all about, so getting to work with such talented and devoted artists is more than I could ask for. The wonderful thing about the theatre family is that…we make it a point to act as a family. We strive to create the most loving and welcoming atmosphere possible with every single person in the program. The theatre community should be and is a very accepting and positive group of people working together to create pieces of art..and that is what we emphasize in our department. We do it with love, and we support each other both onstage and off. It’s a riot.
TL: What are you most excited about for this upcoming play?
KW: I have been extremely fortunate in the past to have received roles that served to expand my horizons as an actress and this could be another one of those amazing opportunities. I can’t emphasize how much this program has helped me grow and I’ve seen the growth in my fellow actors as well… Donia really knows how to direct students towards success. This show is a dream come true for me, one of my absolute favorites… and I’m just stoked to watch it morph and grow into the beautiful piece of theatrical art it is!