Ham­burg Area High School to present ‘Into The Woods’

The Boyertown Area Times - - ENTERTAINMENT - By Lisa Mitchell lmitchell@21st-cen­tu­ry­media.com @ham­bur­gitem on Twit­ter

Ham­burg Area High School presents its spring mu­si­cal, per­form­ing “Into the Woods” April 20 to 22.

“It’s a lot of fun. It helps build friend­ships and al­most ev­ery­one leaves as a fam­ily in the cast and crew,” said Ham­burg ju­nior Michael Dot­terer, 17, who por­trays the Baker.

Dot­terer likes that the role has given him a lot to do in the show, chal­leng­ing his act­ing skills. He has gained lead­er­ship skills and the ex­pe­ri­ence has help him with mem­o­riza­tion. Dot­terer would rec­om­mend this ex­pe­ri­ence to other stu­dents.

Di­rec­tor Bethany Geisinger agreed that the cast and crew of 45 stu­dents be­comes a fam­ily.

“We are here more than a nor­mal sport would prac­tice. We are to­gether four or five hours at a time and it’s very emo­tional and very close knit and we all count on each other so it does feel like a fam­ily,” said Geisinger.

Geisinger said theater is great for kids.

“They learn to rely on each other; they’re part of a team,” she said. “It helps them find their own per­sonal voice and their per­sonal self-con­fi­dence but it also lets them know that they’re needed. They are valu­able and they gain a lot of con­cen­tra­tion and fo­cus skills.”

The stage crew runs ev­ery­thing back stage: light­ing, mi­cro­phones, set, build­ing the set, mov­ing things, cur­tains, ropes, ev­ery­thing.

“The kids do it all,” she said.

The stu­dents have head­sets and walkie talkies that helps them com­mu­ni­cate and fix prob­lems as they pop up, said Geisinger. There are also 16 head­set mi­cro­phones for the cast which cov­ers most of the leads.

“The district is re­ally great at sup­ply­ing. It’s ex­pen­sive equip­ment so it’s re­ally cool that we have enough to do a big show,” said Geisinger.

Geisinger said they chose “Into the Woods” be­cause the cos­tumer has been want­ing to do a mag­i­cal show for sev­eral years.

“(‘Into The Woods’) has a very large cast. We al­ways try to do some­thing with lots of roles be­cause we have a good size group,” said Geisinger. “It’s very in­tri­cate. The mu­sic is by Stephen Sond­heim. There’s a lot of jux­ta­po­si­tion back and forth and scenes go­ing si­mul­ta­ne­ously so they re­ally have to lis­ten and work to­gether.”

To the com­mu­nity, Geisinger said, “Even though it’s about fairy tales, it’s also very rel­e­vant to what’s go­ing on in our world today. It’s about how peo­ple treat each other and it’s about lies and truths and de­cid­ing what is right for our­selves and how peo­ple get along. So, it’s very cool.”

Ham­burg se­nior Eileen Deise­mann, 17, por­trays Cin­derella.

“She’s very hum­ble in who she is and her ac­tions within the show. She doesn’t take any­thing for granted,” said Deise­mann.

For the au­di­ence, she hopes they learn that “ev­ery ac­tion that you make within life has its con­se­quences and its joys. It’s just a re­ally good piece to see.”

Deise­mann hopes the com­mu­nity comes out to see their show.

“It’s go­ing to be a re­ally good show. Come see it, you don’t want to miss it,” said Deise­mann.

Ham­burg High School presents “Into The Woods” April 20, 21 and 22, with Fri­day and Satur­day shows at 7 p.m. and a Sun­day mati­nee at 2 p.m. in the Ham­burg Area High School au­di­to­rium. The show is re­served seat­ing. Pur­chase tick­ets via drama­hawksinfo@gmail.com or on­line http://has­d­hawks.seaty­our­self.biz.

LISA MITCHELL - DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Cin­derella’s House in Ham­burg Area High School’s pro­duc­tion of “Into The Woods” which will be pre­sented on April 20 to 22.

LISA MITCHELL - DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Jack’s House in Ham­burg Area High School’s pro­duc­tion of “Into The Woods.”

LISA MITCHELL - DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

The Baker’s House in Ham­burg Area High School’s pro­duc­tion of “Into The Woods” which will be pre­sented on April 20 to 22.

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