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Into the Woods, by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine
so sorry
Tuesday, August 8, 2006
3.0
In my madness to get out the door to work, I forgot to give a rating. I in no way meant to give this production a zero.

Into the Woods, by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine

Tuesday, August 8, 2006
0.0
When I think of Steven Sondheim's Into The Woods, I think of a neatly tied together group of fairy tales with over the top characters.
While the show was an above average show for a small theater group, I was disappointed to see that not many of the characters had that "over the top" quality about them. I think that many of the characters think that louder is better, so chose to scream wildly and belt notes that weren't quite in tune.
The characters who portrayed what I was looking for were the Witch, Cinderella's prince, and The Baker's Wife.

Witch--with her wild walking and curled fingers, I was impressed with how Ms. Davison could stir emotions of hatred and love in the same character. You could feel her desperation of wanting to change back into a person again and how much she loved her daughter. She made me jump in my seat more than once with her perfect cackle. I enjoyed her transition back into being mortal, but it is her portrayal as the witch in which I was most impressed.

Cinderella's prince--I was HIGHLY impressed with Mr. Pridgen's over the top and committed portrayal of the prince. I found his goofy faces, rigid movements, and smile flashing to be of the utmost hilarity and he fit the description of what I believe Mr. Sondheim was looking for in a prince. His acting was up to par and his singing was strong. I was glad to see him in this production, but was wondering why he wasn't on a big stage somewhere.

The Baker's Wife---I found Ms. Walsh to be lovely on her feet and gentle in her voice. She was the epitome of stubborn and beautiful and carried the characteristics of love, dedication, and strength with her in every note. Her chemistry with her husband was great, but I found her chemistry with Cinderella's prince to be even better. Great job!

This production is very difficult to pull off, but these characters did what Mr. Sondheim intended.

If I could, I would ask Mr.Harlow why he would put a novice drummer in for his percussion. He was off beat and sometimes too loud for the volume of the music.

Overall, the show gave a break in the busy summer and if nothing else, is a nice way to spend an evening with your family.

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