Into the Woods, Jr.: ESHS students to perform musical Feb. 9-10
The halls of Eureka Springs High
School are alive with the sound of a musical.
The school’s drama department will
perform Into the Woods, Jr. at 7 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 9, and Saturday, Feb. 10,
at the high school auditorium. The musical
centers on 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. It stars Griff Hatch and Ashlynn
Lockhart as the baker and his wife,
Rachel Adams as Cinderella, Makenzie
Meyer as Little Red Riding Hood and
Celia Stodden and Alexis Jayroe as Jack
and his mother.
Adams described her character, calling
Cinderella indecisive and unsure
of herself. That’s not the case for Little
Red Riding Hood, Meyer said.
“She’s very sure of herself and always
carries herself with her head held high,
except for when she faces the world,”
Meyer said. “Then she’s a little hesitant,
and always a little hungry.”
Sophomore Austin Maloney plays
Cinderella’s prince, saying the prince
is very cocky and full of himself. Sophomore
Alicia Britance portrays one of
the evil stepsisters, and junior Isaiah
McCurry steps on stage throughout the
show as the narrator.
This is the third musical the school
has performed, and Adams has been in
all three. She said this one has been the
most difficult, because she sings more
than she has in past roles.
“I thought the singing part wouldn’t
work for me, but I’ve actually been
able to get pretty comfortable with it,”
Adams said. “I’ve been working pretty
hard to improve that area of my character.”
“At first, the singing catches you offguard,
but once we do it every couple of
times, you just go into it and you sing,”
Meyer said. “It’s part of your character.”
Britance said this is her first musical.
It’s been interesting, she said, to work
with everyone on the choreography and
“We’re able to dance, sing, all come
together and have fun,” Britance said.
McCurry doesn’t have any singing
parts, but he has been working on his
“I have an intro to a song, and then
everybody sings it,” McCurry said. “I
feel like the real challenge with that is
timing my intros to the music, timing
it to where the lyrics start at the right
The best part of the musical, Maloney
said, is how everyone works together.
“It’s about working with people on
stage and having that laugh when someone
messes up, because we all understand,”
Maloney said. “We’ve all been
“I’m a very introverted person and
since I got in drama, it’s nice to feel accepted
and that if you mess up, it’s OK,”
Britance said. “They won’t judge you.”
McCurry said he’s played sports all
his life, saying he enjoys working on a
“It’s very similar to that. I feel you
have to learn each others’ strengths and
weaknesses, especially with your timing
and movement on stage,” McCurry said.
“You have to be able to study those and
complement each other. Once you finally
get it down, once you finally coordinate
and come together … the feeling’s
This year, Adams said, the drama department
is prepared to perform better
than ever. She thanked a group of parents
who have helped with costumes.
“We have almost a full-fledged costume
department,” Adams said. “We
have a lot of moms that are being really
helpful. Things are coming together a
lot faster than usual, and it’s really exciting.”
This is Meyer’s first big role in a musical,
and she said she’s happy it’s this
“It’s kind of whimsical but also kind
of dark,” Meyer said. “It teaches you a
lesson without you realizing you’re being
taught a lesson. The kids, they’ll see
it as whimsical and fun, but the adults
will realize there’s more meaning to it.
No matter how old you are, you’ll understand
The themes in the musical, Maloney
said, should resonate with audiences.
“It teaches you to take the things you
have, and don’t take them for granted,”
Maloney said. “Just value them as they
are. Don’t wish for more than you already
The students are only performing the
first part of Into the Woods, McCurry
“It’s whimsical and funny and satirical,
but it can also teach you a lot about
life,” he said.
Drama teacher Rick Mann said he’s
proud of his students for how much
work they’ve put into the production.
There are enough students involved in
the drama department now, Mann said,
that he doesn’t need to call in extra people
to run the light and sound board.
“That’s a big addition to it, just having
enough students to cover the parts
and all the little aspects of it,” Mann
Equity Bank is sponsoring the musical.
That’s important, Mann said, because
it costs a lot of money to access
the music and script for a production
“We would have to do a bunch of
smaller fundraisers to be able to get that
money,” Mann said. “With the community
giving larger amounts of money, it
gives us the time to focus more on what
McCurry encouraged the community
to come see the show, saying it truly
matters to the students to receive that
kind of support.
“I think it’s really important to come
see and support the youth of this town.
Just be there and support us,” McCurry
said. “We’re not in a big city. We don’t
have all these fans, so it feels good for
people to come see it.”
The high school’s FFA students will
have a spaghetti dinner at 6 p.m. Saturday,
Feb. 10, offering spaghetti, salad,
dessert and a drink for $5. Tickets to the
musical are $10 for adults and $5 for
students. No advance ticket purchase is
necessary. Eureka Springs School District
students are admitted free.