Kristyn Hartman
Walk toward the McLaughlin Theater after school right now, and you'll hear music.
That's because the Harlequins are practicing, practicing, practicing for as perfect of a performance as possible come November.

Students in the storied troupe are rehearsing Into the Woods by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine. Moderator Kevin Bellie talked about the musical.

"It's based on familiar fairytales...sort of following those stories through to their end that we know as the 'happy ever after.' And then Act Two looks at what happens after you get to 'happy ever after,' and how things work out from there."

Bellie says Into the Woods is very difficult musically, but that students are adapting to the complexity beautifully. They have multiple musicians working on the show, including a live pianist for the performance along with a choral director and a music director.

Bellie loves the accessible nature of the production.

He said, "The show is so much about relationships...and how we relate to each other. It's about parenting, it's about being a child to a parent - All of those things which are very universal feelings in the world."

He promises it will tug at the heart strings. 

With a smile, he said, "We're looking forward to it!"

Into the Woods opens November 3 with performances through November 11. Tickets are available in school starting October 30 in the Link during lunch, or you can email harlequinstickets@ignatius.org.

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