Mon. Sep 26th, 2022

After producing other great shows this spring semester, West Chester University’s Department of Theatre and Dance is looking to shine with “Into the Woods.”

“A Winter’s Tale” and the Student Written One Acts were both big hits this semester. Both were very well done and created much anticipation for what is assumed to be the biggest show this semester. 

“Into the Woods” incorporates many different fairy tales with its characters and takes on a new storyline for many of them. The Baker and his wife, for example, are two characters who may be new to the audience that drive the original storyline as the fairytale characters get tied in. Although this is a fictional show, all types of age groups are welcome to see the show. It is perfect for college students to experience for its childish inspirations and mature expectations.

Director Charlie DelMarcelle has been quoted by the Department of Theatre and Dance’s website, saying great things about the show: “This cast, who is so excited to be singing together again, has really come together beautifully and has risen to the occasion,” DelMarcelle said.

“Thematically, ‘Into The Woods’ deals with grief and loss and what comes after happily ever after,” said DelMarcelle. “Coming out of the pandemic, I think our students are grappling with these huge ideas in a very mature way.”

Ever since the COVID-19 pandemic hit, theater programs across the country have had to stop productions. Students all across the country have had to stop performing. Not only that, but people all across the world trying to stay safe had to put so much aside — and that includes theater. Thankfully, there have been shows going on for a while now, even if masks are required on stage. 

In 2022, students have been able to go to classes without masks on. Specifically, at West Chester University, students were granted the option to wear a mask indoors all around campus as of Feb. 28 around 3 p.m.. In terms of the performing arts, this was big news. Being able to project and communicate with the audience and other actors is super important, andthat was hindered by the pandemic and masks. 

It only makes sense that the students participating in “Into The Woods” this semester are excited and want this show to be the best it can. Although the show can reach a certain level of excitement without an audience, it is imperative for the West Chester Community to support these students and their efforts. Without being able to see a live show in such a long time, the audience and actors are only going to feed off of each other even more without masks involved (certain students can still wear a mask on stage if they would like, but it is not likely based on indoor class setting averages at the moment).

The first shows during the week are happening from Wednesday through Friday and over the weekend on Saturday and Sunday (April 20 to April 24). On Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, the shows are at 7:30 p.m., and the shows on Saturday and Sunday are at 2 p.m. Tickets are still available, and your attendance is appreciated.

To find out more about the Department of Theatre and Dance and to purchase tickets, head to the Department’s page on wcupa.edu.


Timothy Smith is a senior Communication Studies major with a minor in Journalism. TS944841@wcupa.edu

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