Theater program, music department to open “Into the Woods”

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The Union University theater program and music department are joining forces to put on one of the most well-known musicals of this year.

“Into the Woods” will be performed April 23-28 in the W.D. Powell Theater at Union University. Many of the actors, actresses, directors, musicians, costume designers and others involved in this production have worked for months to put together the performance.

The theater program and music department are still working to make the show perfect for opening night on Thursday.

“Rehearsals are going really well and I think things are shaping up for it to be a fantastic show,” said Christian Al-Hagal, freshman theater major here. “Our set designs and our costumes are absolutely gorgeous.”

Al-Hagal is starring in the role of Jack in “Into the Woods” and loves the musical because there is “something magical” about it.

“What I love about ‘Into the Woods’ is that it takes some of history’s greatest fairytales and mixes them all into one big story,” Al-Hagal said. “So it’s taking all of these classic fairytales and making them into something brand new.”

There had been some uncontrollable setbacks in the beginning of this semester with illnesses and the snow days, but that only made the cast work extra hard to put on the best show, cast members said.

“The show is very entertaining,” said David Burke, professor and director of theater and the director for the musical. “There is a lot of laughter and singing and the audience will receive that.”

One of the biggest joys for Burke from putting together the musical is seeing theater students and music students spending time together outside of rehearsal. It is very comforting to see the two departments coming together and building strong bonds with each other through one common cause, he said.

“The joy, for me, is getting to work with new people,” Burke said.

Tickets for the shows are still available for purchase at Union Station from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.

Tickets for the general public are $12.00 the day of the show. Tickets for Union students are $10.00 the day of the show.

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