ACMO, the All Campus Musical Organization, is completely student run and organized. Under the advisement of Tina Stout, past shows include Once Upon a Mattress, Urinetown, and Fame. There is a musical production every spring semester, as well as a showcase in the fall semester.
Into the Woods, a musical based on various fairytale stories, will be performed by ACMO March 12-15 in Lyte Auditorium. With music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, the cast has been pushed in various musical challenges.
The musical’s plot centers around the well-known fairytale characters: Cinderella, Jack (from Jack and the Beanstalk), the Baker and his wife, Little Red Ridinghood, Rapunzel and Prince Charming.
The story begins with the various characters going into the woods, in order to get their wishes. Cinderella wants attend the King’s festival. Jack wishes that his cow, Milky-White, would give him and his mother milk. The Baker and his wife wish to conceive a child. And finally, Little Red Ridinghood is taking a loaf of bread to her grandmother.
These characters all connect with each other throughout the entire musical. The end of Act One, concludes with the wishes coming true, as the characters get their “happily ever afters”. This is where the storylines, as we know them, begin to go askew.
Starting at the beginning of the second Act, Cinderella, Jack, the Baker and his wife, Little Red Ridinghood, Rapunzel, and Prince Charming begin to see their lives differently than before.
They are all living happily with only minor inconveniences. What they thought was a happy ending, now turns to chaos. Not only are they having different outlooks on life, but there is a giant on the loose.
They are all forced to retreat back into the woods in order to unite with each other and defeat the giant before it is too late.
The cast of this musical is second to none when it comes to talent. Directed by senior Ricky Hutchins, the cast has come together to bring their audience an amazing performance. “There is a lot of talent on the stage and in the pit,” said Hutchins.
As music director, senior Angie Huff has been working with the cast and pit orchestra to perfect the music portion of the show. “I like the show overall because it has so many morals people can learn from it,” said Huff. “The cast is energetic and dedicated. The rehearsals are going really well, but we are glad about the time during spring break to fix everything up.”
Junior Tanya Roman is playing the part of Cinderella. “The show is a lot of fun, and we are very passionate about the show,” said Roman. “We are excited for an audience and to be able to perform for people. The audience can expect a really fun, great time.”
The stage is spotlighting new faces. One freshman in particular, Ben Achey, is really anticipating being on the Lyte Auditorium stage. “The music is really good,” said Achey. “Into the Woods is one of the best musicals I have seen. It’s the most intellectual, and I’m excited.”
Senior Christopher Bartholomew is no stranger to the stage at Millersville. Playing the part of Jack, Bartholomew said “You can expect to see the basis of the fairytales you know, but there is a disruption in the characters’ happily ever afters.”
Leann Hart is also a senior this year. She is playing the part of the Witch. “Most of these people I have known for a couple of years, so it makes acting easier,” said Hart.
The pit orchestra has taken a whole new look. Freshman Amanda Duelfer is starting strong at the University by taking command directing the ensemble.
“A lot of these musicians are music majors, so they don’t get credit for this play. I want to make sure they have a good time,” said Duelfer. “I think the audience will think the play is predictable and traditional, but it’s not.”
The showtimes include: March 12-14, at 8 p.m., and March 15 at 2 p.m.
Students can purchase tickets prior to the show for $5 (limit 2 per student I.D. card), at the door for $7 with student I.D.. The general admissions tickets are $10.