Into the Woods, a musical by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine, has been adapted by the Music Theatre Society for the Spring semester. Directed by Daniel Cartlidge and Shaunagh Kelly, the plot follows a Baker (Joe Bell) and his Wife (Harriet Kemp-Hunt), who aim to undo the Witch’s (Helena Busiakiewicz) curse to have a baby. In order to do so, they need to acquire a white cow, a red cape, yellow hair, and a golden slipper. The story entangles a group of fairytale characters: Jack from Jack and the Beanstalk (James Marsh), Little Red Riding Hood (Iona Meechan), Rapunzel (Kiera Leaper), and Cinderella (Olivia Thackray).
Although the production was quite lengthy (two and a half hours long), the fast pace of the performance made the time go by very quickly. The cast all managed to captivate the audience,
In addition to the great acting abilities, the flickering stage lighting created a magical atmosphere and added a lot to the overall story – with the LUU Backstage Society employing serious skill to keep up with the quick changes. The choice to use red light in order to symbolise danger seemed a bit cliché, however, it
It is clear that a lot of work has been put into the musical by the whole team as watching Into the Woods was a wonderful way to spend the evening. I am looking forward to seeing Music Theatre Society’s next production.
Image credit: LUU Music Theatre Society