Ballenas students go Into the Woods

Youth theatre production opens in Parksville on Wednesday

Brenda Gough Photos Alex McKoy who plays Little Red Riding Hood and Kimiko Fraser who performs as one of the other fair-tale characters in Into The Woods will take to the stage at the Whalebone Theatre with the rest of the cast when the musical opens Wednesday.

The curtain is about to rise for a musical mash-up featuring some talented theatre students from Ballenas Secondary School.

Opening night for the musical production of Into the Woods is one day away. According to theatre teacher Doug Campbell the musical has a novel plot and some big songs but his young thespians are are excited to present it at the Whalebone Theatre February 22, 23, 24, 28, 29 and March 1.

With music and lyrics by Steven Sondheim and a story by James Lapine, Into the Woods has intertwined the stories of various familiar fairy tales with an original story of a childless baker and his wife, who are the focus of the story by attempting to reverse a curse on their family in order to have a child, ultimately creating a single even bigger fairy tale.

The high school production is a family friendly musical for all ages and has numerous characters from familiar literature including: Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack (of Beanstalk fame) and Rapunzel. The fairy-tale and fable characters from the woods are united and strive to get their wishes and deal with the consequences of those wishes.

Campbell admitted it was a difficult show to take on but he is confident his young performers will rise to the challenge.


The Whalebone Theatre production takes place at 7:30 p.m. on February 22, 23, 24, 28, 29 and March 1. Tickets are $8 for adults, $5 for students and are available at the door. A family rate is also available.



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