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Go ‘Into The Woods’ With Herriman High

Feb 13, 2015 06:16PM ● By Sherry Smith
What do Cinderella, Snow White, Jack and the Beanstalk and Little Red Riding Hood have in common? The short answer is they are all fairy tales. But what happens when they’re mixed together and you sprinkle in a few more beloved characters and large doses of foot-tapping music? You get the highly entertaining show “Into the Woods.”

Before it was a movie, it was a stage musical and now is your chance to catch it in its original form on stage at Herriman High.

“‘Into the Woods’ was one of the first musicals I was ever exposed to. I grew up watching it and singing the songs. I loved the powerful message of the show,” director KayCee Bradshaw said.

“Into the Woods” opens on Tuesday, Feb. 24 and plays through Saturday, Feb. 28 at 7 p.m. in the Herriman High auditorium at 11917 South Mustang Trail Way (6000 West). Tickets are available at the door and cost $5 for HHS students and senior citizens and $8 for all others.

The HHS production features a cast of 22 with Yesenia Ruelas as the Witch, Jake Watt as the Wolf, Spencer Remund as the Baker and Kiki Catherall as the Baker’s Wife with Kate Cook as Little Red Riding Hood.

More than 30 students help with all of the technical requirements of the show. They include Jack Parkinson and Dakota Ruse as assistant directors and Dallas Melendez as stage manager. Students Jordan Nestman and Katherine Fishback are doing the choreography. The orchestra features the talents of 18 students.

“We are trying to give the students as much ownership as we can. It’s fun for me to see what they come up with. I am always impressed with their creativity and instincts,” Bradshaw said.