Meet “Rapunzle” & “The Witch” in Tri-School’s “Into the Woods”

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Tri-School Theatre presents “Into the Woods” on May 3rd-6th. Before the musical opens, The Royal Reporter WOOD like to introduce members of the cast.
Name: Maria Braatz
School: Sophomore at Rosary Academy
Role: Rapunzel
RR: Briefly tell us about your role.
I am playing the role of Rapunzel, a princess who has been trapped in a tower by her mother, the Witch, all her life and finds her true love at the bottom of the tower.
RR: How are you preparing for your specific role?
I am preparing for my role by constantly practicing my “Rapunzel Call” (singing ‘Ah’ up and down the octave repeatedly) and really looking deeper into what kind of character Rapunzel is.
RR: What is your favorite song from the show?
My favorite song from the show is “Agony” because it always makes me laugh!
RR:What are you excited for audiences to see in “Into the Woods”?
I am excited for the audience to hear all of the amazing music put on by the students! The score is outstanding!

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Maria Braatz ’20 gives a smiles for the camera in her beautiful tower set piece.

Name: Molly Renze
School: Senior at Rosary Academy
Role: the Witch
RR: Briefly tell us about your role.
She’s a vain, self-serving, and sarcastic woman who later shows the audience that she’s insecure, lonely, and ultimately just as human as everybody else.
RR: How are you preparing for your specific role?
Everytime I enter rehearsal, I close the outside world off and really try to enter into my character. Although I have no experience being a mother, I do understand the feeling of losing someone and not feeling accepted by the world. I try to take her story to heart and relate it to my own. My voice and physicality will be drawn from some versions I’ve seen, but in reality, everything I end up doing with this character will be my own exciting version.
RR: What is your favorite song from the show?

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Molly Renze ’18 poses in her Witch costume. Creepy.

“Stay with Me” because it shows an intense emotional connection between a mother and a daughter and that’s hard for high schoolers to show. It’s definitely an exciting challenge.

RR: What are you excited for audiences to see in “Into the Woods”?
I’m SUPER excited for them to see how hard we have worked. Usually in some musicals, not everyone gets a chance to share their story. But in this show, everyone onstage has a very important role, so I’m excited for them to see how different our characters are and how when we work together we can make such a beautiful story!
As one can see, these two are ready to shine onstage and dive into the show this next weekend. Stay tuned for future bios on other cast members.

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