Forbush High School students will take the stage next month to present “Into the Woods Jr.”, the Tony Award Winning musical featuring beloved childhood storybook characters such as Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella, Rapunzel, Jack and the Beanstalk are more. The production will be held April 20 and 21 at 7 p.m. in the Forbush High School Auditorium.
Theater Arts Teacher Jamie Campbell is a native of Yadkin County and was inspired by her own theater teacher at Starmount High School. She began doing theater in middle school and by high school she was already considering teaching it as a career. Campbell said theater is a wonderful way for students to build connections with one another and learn important life skills.
“Kids learn a lot of things through theater as far as leadership, responsibility, team work and collaboration,” Campbell said.
Senior Alyssa Lane, who plays Milky White, Jack’s cow, said “you really learn how to express yourself” through theater.
“It breaks down the wall of shyness,” Lane added.
Many of the students in the production have done multiple plays and love acting.
“I like how it takes you out of the world you’re in now and transports you to something magical that you can share with others,” said Sarah Matthews, a junior who plays the Baker’s wife.
Senior Brittany White, who plays Jack’s mother, encouraged the community to come out to see the production later this month.
“It’s different than something we’ve done before. You find yourself really involved with the show. It keeps you on the edge of your seat,” White said.
Also in the cast are Abigail Belk, Kylie Bullin, Brittany Calloway, Chasten Coleman, Yamel Cortez, Sierra DeBord, Dylan Doby, Elijah Golden, Tatyana Hampton, Kayla Hennings, Victoria (Tori) Hicks, Kacie Hutchens, Tiffany Kirkpatrick, Matthew Lowe, Keelin McArthur, Brady Miller, Hannah Pettitt, Audrey Shore, Mikinly Speer, Jamie Vestal, Mackenzie Warden, Olivia (Riley) Warfel, Jared Williams, and Destiney Wilson.
Students who helped created the set and props as part of the Beginning Theatre Classes are Eduardo Aguayo, Carlee Barfield, Aliyah Blakely, Fabian Bocanegra, Amirah Bridges, Megan Brown, Elizabeth Cristobal, Carlie Coston, Nya Dupree, David Garica, Aurora Garica, Taber Haynes, Angel Hernandez, Lizette Ibanez, Briana Kilby, Tiffany Kirkpatrick, Rahsum Martin, Jasmin Martinez, Keelin McArthur, Aldo Mendez, Brianna Merritt, Caroline Montoya, Lizabeth Morales, Jacob Nance, Owen Raymond, Joseph Salazar, Kara Scott, Makayla Wood, the FHS Carpentry classes, and FHS Art classes.
Students in the crew are Abellana Ayers, Carlie Coston, Taber Haynes, Jesse Keaton, Tyler Poindexter, and Emily Post.
The production is directed by Jamie Campbell. Music Director is Laurie Roberts and Stage Manager is Keelin McArthur.
Tickets are $10 with free admission for children five and under. Tickets may be purchased at the door or in advance by contacting Jamie Campbell at email@example.com , (336)-961-4644 EXT: 704 or Laurie Roberts at firstname.lastname@example.org, (336)-961-4644 EXT: 706.
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