Everyone's favorite storybook characters come together for a timeless, yet relevant, piece in "Into the Woods" playing at Westerville Central High School next week.

Westerville Central Thespian Troupe 6750 will perform the show at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 26, as well as Friday, Oct. 27, and Saturday, Oct. 28; and at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 29.

The musical, with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by James Lupine, puts a twist on the classic fairy tales "Cinderella," "Little Red Riding Hood," "Jack and the Beanstalk," and "Rapunzel," all tied together by a baker and his wife who wish to begin a family. They face many obstacles along the way, creating a comedic and intriguing musical.

Director Derryck Menard said "Into the Woods" has always been his favorite musical.

"Seeing it is what made me fall in love with musical theater," he said. "I knew we would have the kids who would enjoy it."

Menard said it has a great social message -- that not everyone is perfect.

He said there is lots of character building to get through the woods.

Junior Lauren Tucker, who plays the Witch, said her role is awesome.

"I kind of always get cast as a grumpy old lady," she said. "It's fun being the person who causes all the trouble. People come together in the show from the trouble she has made."

Senior Noah Martin, playing the role of narrator and a mysterious man, said audiences would enjoy the twist the cast is putting on the show.

"It's the exact same show we know and love from the '90s, except for the way it's being portrayed," he said. "In ways past, you've seen this fairy tale, in the traditional sense. However, this time the entire show will be in the narrator's mind."

Martin said he'll be bringing the characters to life, mimicking their movements and being a puppet master.

"Throughout the show, the characters begin to develop themselves till they eventually realize they don't need the narrator," he added. "What comes next? You'll have to come find out."

Junior Jacob Miller, who plays the baker, said he and his wife are trying to have a child but, they have a curse on their house which is preventing them from being successful.

"In general, the baker is a very friendly man, but can be described as oblivious," he said. "The baker is like a clueless soul. I've been having fun with the character."

Miller said audiences would enjoy the drama and associated comedic relief in this show.

"If you're looking for two to three hours of laughter and drama, this is the show to come watch," he said.

Senior Ava Iannarino said she's excited to play the baker's wife.

"It was a stretch for me," she said.

She said the baker's wife is complicated.

"She cheats on her husband," Iannarino said. "But she's smart, logical."

She said audiences would enjoy the opening act, because there is so much going on and it introduces everyone at once.

Tickets cost $10 and can be purchased at the door or by visiting wchstheatre.org.

mkuhlman@thisweeknews.com

@ThisWeekMarla