Once upon a time…there was a girl named Kelly Solberg who began having an interest in the theater. Next thing we know…she is performing on stage and catching the acting bug. For the past two weeks, the Burnsville High School Theatre Guild performed the musical, Into the Woods, in which Kelly was part of.
The story follows a Baker and his wife who wish to have a child, Cinderella who wishes to attend the King’s Festival, and Jack who wishes his cow would give milk. When the Baker and his wife learn that they cannot have a child because of a Witch’s curse, the two set off on a journey to break the curse. Everyone’s wish is granted, but the consequences of their actions return to haunt them later with disastrous results.
It’s such a funny musical and I loved how all the different fairytales intertwined with one another. Kelly had three different parts in this musical. She played Red Riding Hood’s Granny, Cinderella’s mother, and she was the voice of the giant. When she first told me about the giant’s voice, I couldn’t imagine how this would work. She explained that they were putting a special device on the microphone that would change her voice. Super cool! When Nate, Megan & I first heard this at the show, we began giggling, knowing that Kelly was offstage being this giant. haha~ She was the wife of the giant from Jack & the Beanstalk, out to get revenge on Jack for killing her husband. You have to remember, these were from the Grimm Fairytales, not Disney.
The cast consisted of seventeen students, ranging from 10th-12th graders. A nice mix of boys and girls and really great kids. Kelly has made some new friends and was reacquainted with some of her old ones that she was onstage with back in Junior High.
Her other character was Cinderella’s mother. She was kind of a “spirit” in a tree for this one and had to be way up high. Cinderella would come to her mother’s tree to speak to her and get advice. Kelly sang back to her with her words of wisdom. Kelly was behind a sheer cloth and said she couldn’t see any of us out in the audience…weird, but we could see her.
The cast started rehearsing for this musical back in September. They worked hard everyday after school and even help out on Saturdays with building the set. These are kids who love what they do and can’t get enough of it…or at least that’s how my kids is. She is always singing at home now or watching a musical, a play, or some theater award’s show on tv, whenever possible. It’s good to have a favorite past-time.
Since Kelly had to be Granny, she had to learn how to put on her makeup, so that she looked old. She got the hang of it pretty quickly and this would become part of the routine for her transformation before the show each night.
Into the Woods ran for two weeks and they performed seven shows. I know they all love doing this, but I think they could all use some sleep after some long and late nights. Last night they had the cast party and Kelly said she had a blast and it was a lot of fun.
Looking forward to Kelly’s next “Once Upon a Time…”