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Buckeye Local High School to perform ‘Into the Woods’

DILLONVALE — Storybooks will come to life as the Buckeye Local High School Performing Arts stages the Broadway musical “Into the Woods” in March.

A matinee showing will be held for students in grades 5-8 on March 18 but public performances are set for 6 p.m. on March 19-21. Tickets can be purchased at the doors which open at 5 p.m. while a concession stand, 50-50 raffle and Stargram carnation sales will take place nightly to benefit the Performing Arts Parents Booster Club. The musical, which is provided through Music Theatre International, is under the direction of performing arts teacher Chuck Eddy and features an ensemble cast.

“Into the Woods” is a musical telling of a fractured fairy tale as a baker and his wife try to break a spell cast by a wicked witch so they may start a family. Their journey introduces them to the likes of Cinderella, Rapunzel and Jack and the Beanstalk.

Rounding out the cast are Elijah Lovell as the Baker, Alexis Scott as the Baker’s Wife, Allie Berze as the Witch, Jana DeMeter as Cinderella, Kaden Bednarek as Jack, Saharah Stewart as Little Red Riding Hood, Emily McDiffitt as Rapunzel, Nick Kinkus as Cinderella’s Prince, Nick Grim as Rapunzel’s Prince and Nathan Jarrell as the Big Bad Wolf. Other castmates include Farah Hawk, Carly Long, Julie Bruder, Abbey Berze, Nathan Cline, Annie Takach, Josh Williams, Lizzie Frank, Julia Orban, Haley Burgess, Brock Sempirek, Emily Gonze, Caitlin Helms and Brooklynne Garlinger.

Eddy said the newly formed Parent Club will sell concessions and raffle tickets, as well as Stargram carnations for a cost with notes for cast and crew members before and after the shows and during intermission.

The new organization includes Jan DeMeter as president, Wendy Lovell as vice president, Paula Berze as secretary, Nikkol Zanes as treasurer and Jeff Runnion as assistant treasurer.

Eddy continued that the performing arts department and parent club also benefit from donations for personal and professional advertisements in the program while the department also yields proceeds from ticket sales. He further noted his appreciation to school and community members for their support.

“I want to thank everyone who has donated to this year’s production as well as our cast, students and community,” he said.

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