Spirited Cast Whisks Us “Into the Woods”

High energy suffused every character and moment during opening night of Broadway Bound’s “Into the Woods”. This company of teen actors continued its legacy of thespian quality far exceeding the apparent age and experience of each cast member, and delivered a polished product of near professional level. into-the-woods-2

The company’s performance obviously reflects the knowledgeable guidance of its adult production team: Michael Vojvodich (director), Alex Cheney (musical director), Ashley Oblad (choreographer). The quality of the vocalists surprised and delighted from the first moment and through the entire show. The singing and acting brought Sondheim’s music and Lapine’s book to vivid life, memorably impressing every audience member— exemplified by the youngsters gamboling around the courtyard in circles during intermission, gleefully singing “Into the woods! Into the woods!” A production that brings such immediate joy to even the youngest audience members is truly a gift to the community.

Production values rivaled anything seen in Las Vegas. Costumes were chosen and styled to perfection. Wigs were bold and symbolic; prosthetics were excellent. The sets were visually magnificent: the opening set was minimalistic, using a variety of textures to aptly indicate various locales; the main set featured a fantastic backdrop as well as lush, dark, yet luminous sets. The staging was effective and clear. Choreography fit the style, mood, and story line.

into-the-woodsIndividual performances were very enjoyable. Each character exuded such vivaciousness, focus, and commitment that it was easy to get swept away in the story and mood. The quiet moments were touching. Each actor was charming and engaging. Comedic timing was sharp and sophisticated, using silence and delays to great effect.  Of special mention was the comedy of the angry, prodding witch, the princes, and the Narrator; and Cinderella’s vocals.

The overall sense of jubilance, fun, and snappy timing in this show will delight attendees of all ages and backgrounds.

Audience: all ages

Rating: A

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Posted on September 10, 2016, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. moneena linebarger

    I saw the show and it was awesome. You wouldn’t think these were high school students but seasoned actors. The singing and performance was grand and each character was individually superb. Hail to the witch in dual character.

  2. My granddaughter performed as Cinderella opening night and so in anticipation of the show, I searched U tube for the Broadway production of 20 or so years ago. I have to say that I was delighted with the performances of these youngsters, the set design, costumes, people that worked behind the scenes did an amazing job. I actually enjoyed this more than the Broadway Production and that is saying something. Well done everyone, thanks so much for a very enjoyable evening.

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