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Into the Woods Performance
updated: Jul 18, 2014, 5:45 PM

By Glenn

Last night I went to the Showstoppers production of Stephen Sondheim's musical, "Into the Woods", at La Colina Junior High.

"Into the Woods" is a Tony Award winning musical, known for its complex and challenging vocal arrangements. This cast of amazingly talented local high school and junior high performers, rises to the occasion in this production. Most of the performers already have many shows to their credit, and you can tell that they are serious students of voice and stagecraft. There are beautiful solos and duets, as well as exhilaratingly intricate ensemble numbers, and well-acted dramatic and comedic scenes. The rich costuming, dynamic lighting and stage set complete the effect.

The story revolves around a Baker and his Wife as they journey to find four items: "a cow as white as milk, a cape as red as blood, hair as yellow as corn, and a slipper as pure as gold." They desperately wish for a child, and they must gather these items within three days in order to reverse a curse that the Evil Witch has placed on them. In the woods, they encounter classic storybook characters, such as Jack of beanstalk- fame, Little Red Ridinghood, Rapunzel and Cinderella, leading to intertwined and unexpected twists in the story. This is not just a re-telling of fairy-tales, it is a more comedic and complex story of fairytale characters dealing with adult issues and moral dilemmas.

Overall, the show is way more fun than it is serious and it made for a very entertaining night out. Remaining shows are Friday (tonight) and Saturday at 7pm. This production is directed by Radu Azdril, with vocal direction by Melissa Marino and costuming by Marian Azdril.

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