July/August 2010

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In the summer of 2010, Off The Wall theatre went Into The Woods. We were proud to present the Stephen Sondheim, James Lapine musical masterpiece as only Off The Wall could do it. Remember our critically acclaimed productions of Sweeney Todd and Company?   Into The Woods is Sondheim's most frequently performed show the favorite of audiences everywhere. Act One is a hilarious fractured take on famous fairy tales, including Cinderella, Jack in the Beanstalk, and Little Red Riding Hood.  They are woven neatly together into one complicated farcical musical pantomime. But that's only the half of it. In Act Two, we see what really happens after the Fairy Tales are over. What happens when you "really get your wish?" The show makes stunning statements about community responsibility and the nature of the family. And never had Sondheim's music been so contagious. Of course, Off The Wall Theatre and Artistic Director Dale Gutzman gaveg the show their own unique stamp. With flying doors, moving trees, collapsing bridges, skateboards and a tennis match, this was an Into The Woods like no other. Gutzman mined the script for it's power and truth. He remembers fondly the London production of the show, and how much more they gleaned from the text and songs. Anne Van Deusen was the Musical Director and put together a first class band for the show. She is the same gifted talent who brought Sweeny Todd so brilliantly to life at Off The Wall

The amazing cast included Off The Wall regulars: Jeremy Welter as not only the Narrator, but also in four other roles; Marilyn White as the witch (her fourth time playing this role;) Sharon Rise as the Baker's Wife; Christopher Elst as the Baker; Kristin Pagenkopf as Jack's Mother; Jacquline Roush as Cinderella, Patrick McGuire as Jack; Heather Reynolds as Rapunzel; Marcee Doherty as the Stepsister; Liz Mistele as Little Red Riding Hood (perfect casting if we say so ourselves;) Michael Davis as the father; making a special appearance, Karl Miller as the Steward;  and in a casting Coup, Lawrence Lukasavage as the cow, Milky White! Playing our Princes were Doug Clemons and Eric Nelson.

 Technical Wizard David Roper designed an environmental set that took us from a modern city to a mythical forest. If you know the work of Off The Wall, you know did an Into The Woods like was never seen before.