By Kayla Lloyd
This summer, Carle Place theater program put on a student-run production of the musical Into the Woods. I was fortunate enough to participate in the musical as a part of the ensemble. In the musical Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack from Jack and the Beanstalk, and a Baker and his wife head into the woods for different reasons. Cinderella goes so that she can visit her mother’s grave and hopefully go to the King’s festival. Little Red Riding Hood goes to visit her grandmother and bring her sweets. Jack goes on a journey so that he can sell his beloved cow, Milky White, in hopes of some money, and the Baker and his wife go to find items for a witch, who promises to grant them a child once they return with the items. Each one of their paths cross and, after some confusing times, they all get their wish. Once they are all happy, a giant that Jack stole from comes down from the beanstalk and tries to kill everyone.
Although it is a relatively dark story, there are some really funny parts, which made everyone laugh. Everyone in the cast was super talented, and after all their hard work and effort, the show came out amazing.Although I was only in a few scenes, and did not have a large part in the show, I had so much fun and made a bunch of new friends. Throughout the summer, we would hold rehearsals in the school auditorium where we would learn the music and the blocking (where you stand in a scene). Towards the end of the summer we started getting costumes, which was really exciting. During “tech week,” the week before opening night, everyone is stressed, but also really excited and the air is buzzing with energy.
Being backstage with everyone helps you make friends and talk to new people. It loosens your nerves and makes everyone less nervous about opening night. At the cast party, when senior speeches were made, it was sweet to see all the seniors get a thoughtful speech about them and hear how each one of them made someone else’s life better by being in it. Everyone was so happy to be with each other and all you could see was joy.
The student run productions are great for anyone looking to make friends or have a fun time. Whether you join as a part of the cast, costumes, pit, stage crew, or anything else, you are sure to have an amazing time. You can make friends with people you never even thought you'd have something in common with. Everyone there is supportive and ready to help you with anything. It's a very welcoming environment where you can be yourself and not have to be scared of what other people will think. I would totally recommend joining the theater program to anyone thinking about it-let your talent shine! I can’t wait until next year’s summer show!