Creating unforgettable childhood moments is what the students of the Waxahachie High School fine arts department aim to do this weekend as they present their first musical of the year, Stephen Sondheim’s “Into the Woods.”

With a combination of childhood stories entwined together to create laughter as well as tears, this musical is intended to create a well-rounded sense of becoming better parents, better children, better friends and better people.

WHS drama director Andy Reynolds said “Into the Woods” is a family-oriented show that will give the department it’s largest scale of music ever attempted.

“This has been a favorite musical of mine for a very long time and I was just waiting for an appropriate time to present it,” Reynolds said. “It is a fairy tale story that has some deep underlying themes with moments of realism, but for the most part, it’s a fairy tale.”

Some of the childhood characters portrayed in this musical include Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, Rapunzel and more.

Some of the childhood songs include “No One is Alone,” “Agony,” “Hello Little Girl,” and “Giants in the Sky.”

“We’ve had other musicals — like ‘Grease’ and ‘Footloose’ — but this one is of a much larger scale than any of those,” Reynolds said. “Everyone will definitely take something different from this musical.”

The musical includes a cast of 30 students and a crew of about 15, with Gail Stutts Harrell as the musical director and Rich Armstrong and Candy Chatman as orchestra leaders.

Although creating a more comfortable and interesting atmosphere is one of the goals sought by this group, raising money to support other musicals is another one.

“We want to raise money for other musicals, but we also want to raise money toward our children musical we’re doing at the end of April,” Reynolds said. “We want to be able to have as many kids attend for free.”

The musical will take place at the Fine Arts Center at 7 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 25; at 7 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 27; and at 2 p.m. (for a matinee) and 7 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 28.

Doors will open an hour before each performance on all three days. Tickets are $8 for general admission and $6 for students and senior citizens.

For more information, contact Reynolds at (972) 923-4600 ext. 235.

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