ACT II’s ‘Into the Woods’ has emotional spin

Cast members from Alamance Children's Theatre's ACT II rehearses a scene from "Into the Woods." / Zoie Nelson, Times-News correspondent

Reviewed by Abby Chester
Times-News correspondent

   Many classic musicals end with a happily ever after, where the beautiful princess ends up with the charming prince and the evil villain is cleverly destroyed by the heroes. But composer Stephen Sondheim’s “Into the Woods” is not a classic musical. These characters shine light on the not-so-good aspects of getting your wish granted.
They show the more human-like qualities in dreamy fairy tale characters, and it truly fleshes them out into more real people, who they are not often perceived as. Sondheim shows that it is human to want more, and that sometimes what you wish is not really what you need.
Alamance Children’s Theatre’s ACT II presentation of “Into the Woods” tells the story of numerous fairy tale favorites and how they all enter the woods to get their wish. Their wishes seem so simple at first, but when the characters start to meet and bond, they realize that getting your wish is not meant to be a simple task. Narrated by local actor Adrian Beck, “Into the Woods” creates fairy tale characters into whole new beings, and is the center of the popular saying “be careful what you wish for.”
After finally getting their wishes granted, and settling down a bit, the characters start to want more. And when a mysterious beast comes into their land and weaves its way into their lives, they realize that more is not always what is best for them. They soon find their way in the woods again, but this time, they cannot handle what is actually destroying their kingdom.
Filled with powerful songs such as “Last Midnight,” “No One Is Alone” and “Children Will Listen”, audience members may find themselves in tears or shock as they drink in the unexpected twists and turns of the story.
Featuring Cinderella, Little Red Riding hood, and a misunderstood witch, played by Caroline Segars, Mikani Mckenzie, and Katelyn Wilder, respectively, this show may leave you in awe from the amazing talent in the cast, or the meaningful songs and lines in the production.
Costumer Nancy James has put so much love and care into every thread of the different shirts, ball gowns, and dresses the actors and actresses sport. This show is perfect for adults or teenagers, and it will definitely take audience members through a story that none will forget.

 Abby Chester is an eighth-grader at Western Alamance Middle School and a Teens & Twenties writer.


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