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Into the Woods
a Musical Comedy
CATEGORY : COMEDY CHILDREN MUSICAL
by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine

COMPANY : North Spings High School Drama Department
VENUE : North Springs High School Auditorium [WEBSITE]
ID# 1028

SHOWING : November 04, 2004 - November 14, 2004

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PRODUCTION DESCRIPTION

Into the Woods blends various familiar fairy tales with an original story of a childless Baker and his Wife, who catalyze the action of the story by attempting to reverse a curse on their family in order to have a child.


CAST & CREW LIST
Cast William Jarrett
Assistant Stage Manager Jen Krider
Witch Paige Anderson
Snow White Melissa Cohen
Rapunzel's Prince Brian Cook
Cinderella's Mother Stephanie Daniels
Cinderella Sarah Elizabeth Davidson
Jack's Mother Jana Fruchtman
Baker Caleb Lawton
Milky White Robby Letzler
Rapunzel Jamie Link
Cinderella's Stepmother Kaleigh Malloy
Cinderella's Prince, Cinderella's Father Zach Safford
Narrator Francisco Santamaria
Jack Dustin Smith
Baker's Wife Gwendolyn Eve Stembridge
Florinda Kristen Wolf
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REVIEWS

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Pleasantly surprised!
by neherenia77
Saturday, November 13, 2004
5.0
I must honestly admit that I was highly surprised by how good this play actually turned out. I had heard so much about how it was going to be one of the worst shows in North springs history! But once again doubters of the drama program were proven wrong. I saw ITW last night, and I left with a great sense of grief at not being chosen to participate in it! While there were some sound problems with the microphones (not unexpected since the school is under funded) and a couple of dropped ques I have to say that overall I loved the performance! Paige as always blew me away; I can not wait for her to start her professional career. Her songs were well known, she followed the rhythm and her pitch was spectacular! Brian Cook and Zach Safford did wonderful jobs in their roles as the princes. I have certainly had a good view of these two instilled in me since day one at North springs and they have yet to let me down completely. Their portrayals of the princes were different I must admit but they worked anyway. Sometimes notes were a bit flat but who can really pick it apart like that? Overall I was thrilled! Sarah was simply stunning as Cinderella, she has always had a voice that made me want to work harder. Her ease with which she sang and her comedic timing made the play run so much smoother. Annie did a wonderful job as Little Red, though I thought the annoying little girl should have been brought out a bit more. Maybe Iím a bit biased because Iíve seen many versions of ITW and Little Red was just so much more, how do you say it, grungy and rough but still a cute little girl underneath. Gwen Stembridge was beautiful as the bakerís wife. In her first big role she introduced me to what a wonderful actress and singer she is. Caleb LawtonÖ now there is a real shocker! I have to say that Caleb has grown in my respect book. What a wonderful job! How much he has improved in the 3 years I have known him. I believe he made the biggest impression on me of anyone in the cast. I hadnít expected so much charisma from Caleb, but it looks like he has moved up! I hope to see him get more parts in later shows. Jack was wonderful, I hadnít expected much of this freshmen but he has a very strong voice and a talent for acting like a little boy trying to be a man. Cinderellaís family was simply hilarious. I loved Kaleigh wasnít just a regular nasty old woman being the stepmother. She really brought something to the stage, but then again Kaleigh is always good for a bit of comic relief. The step sisters were hilarious! Their facial expressions were so on the ball. Bravo Ashley and Kristin you made me laugh all the way home! Stephanie was great as Cinderellaís mother, that girl is going somewhere with her beautiful voice. Robby as the cow was funny but his mooís sounded more like a chicken then a cow, and while the cow is an intricate part of the plot it was just too distracting from the rest of the characters individual tales. Granny, well as I understand it last night granny had a stand inÖ I saw the original granny in a short performance last week and I was entertained greatly but at this show the substitute granny didnít have the same kind of sparkle. Janna as Jacks mother was just kind of a typical role for her. I didnít see much difference in her character form anything else she has done or even herself for the matter of fact. I would just try not yelling all the lines maybe that would create some character depth. But she still sang beautifully! Kudos to the whole cast for such a great show! [POST A COMMENT REGARDING THIS REVIEW]
I was extremely impressed
by liberace
Saturday, November 13, 2004
5.0
Before i say anything... i will state: I am a recent North Springs Alumnus receiving a magnet seal from the performing arts program. With that being said...
I saw one of the rehersals a few weeks ago... they didn't know their lines, not knowing the songs. After coming back to see it... I saw a huge improvement. Being in short deadlines like that, its hard... but the cast pulled it off.. BRAVO!
Mr. Jarrett: Directing was unique as usual, and of course... you leave the actors plenty of independence to play around with the character. Not always a smart choice. I thought the portrayals of every character was very good. Brian Cook and Zach Safford were good at portraying their pompous characters. Paige, always was and still is amazingly talented. Sarah Davidson amazing as usual, you played your character well. Jana, good, but typical (nothing srong with that). Gwen, amazing job.. you have worked a buttload (it shows!). Caleb, you were fantastic job. You have bloomed as a performer and you are doing great. Kaleigh, Kristen, Ashley, you ladies did great too. The Cow, honestly you annoyed me. As a cow you were good, but your "moos" were inapproriate at many times. Francisco, great job dude, you played the narrator well. Annie, good job, but you could have played it more annoyingly. Kid who played Jack, you blew me away, you were fantastic.
I am saying it as I saw it. You all did a fantastic job. I thoroughly enjoyed it... Oh AIKENS! Props to you and your homies on the set. Unreal set reality. I think ya'll know me now. Peace... I'm outta here! [POST A COMMENT REGARDING THIS REVIEW]
p.s.
by O
Thursday, November 11, 2004
4.0
blame any problems with this show on its horrible direction. It was basically student directed, as the not-so-honoable William Jarrett wasnt present for half the rehearsals, and even when he was, he didnt do much good. [POST A COMMENT REGARDING THIS REVIEW]
reviewed twice by andy
O, you reviewed twice, next time you can hit the comment button if you want to comment and not review.
ITW by KariHess
Plus you are obviously part of the cast.

Although I agree that the direction was lacking, there were several standout performances...Gwen Stembridge very good actress as the Baker's Wife, Zach Stafford & Brian Cook did very well as the Princes. Zach's "I was raised to be charming, not sincere" line was pricelessly delivered also loved him as the wolf. Brian also had a strong acting performance. Enjoyed Sarah Davidson as Cinderella. Jana must STOP screaming every line. Paige Anderson was absolutely wonderful as the witch. I heard some people talking after the show about her character work and all the details..everything from hand positions, stance, tone of voice. She has great presence and a beautiful sing voice. Overall definitely worth seeing..just be prepared for a rather long show.
Another good show for North Springs
by SinginSnoopy
Monday, November 8, 2004
5.0
I saw Into the Woods on Saturday night. I am a fan of North Springs productions, and go to see them whenever possible. Into the Woods is also one of my alltime favorites. So......where to start? I guess who I thought really stood out were paige anderson as the witch, and the two princes! Zach Safford and Brian Cook had an amazing performance, I love Agony and Its reprise is my favorite one. Paige had a beautiful voice, and watch out Broadway for this girl! Have to say I was a little dissapointed with Jack, If only he sang with more enthusiasm, so I wouldn't fall asleep , which is wierd, because Giants In the Sky is my favorite song, good acting by Jack though(for a Freshman). Congrats On another great show North Springs. [POST A COMMENT REGARDING THIS REVIEW]
most likely to be staggeringly rich and famous
by O
Saturday, November 6, 2004
4.0
World, watch out for Zach Safford, Paige Anderson and newbe Gwen Stembridge. (Come see this show for them and the amazing ensemble.) [POST A COMMENT REGARDING THIS REVIEW]


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