BW Music Theater returns to the stage with “Into the Woods” – THE EXHIBITOR
After a heartbreaking break from the world of musical theater, Baldwin Wallace’s musical theater department is back and ready to reclaim the stage. The first musical of the year, “In the woods”, With a book by James Lapine and music by Stephen Sondheim, sets a precedent for the shows to follow in the 2021-2022 season.
“Into the Woods” follows the story of classic fairy tales and characters with a touch of the Brothers Grimm. These characters include Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood and Jack from “Jack and the Beanstalk” among others. Their stories intertwine when an evil witch curses them.
The preparation of “Into the Woods” has encountered some difficulties for the actors, who return to the theater after the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic, theaters closed across the country.
“I have to relearn what it’s like to connect with other humans,” said Claire Marie Miller, a musical theater student who plays Cinderella the Prince Cast, one of the two actors on the show. “You have muscle memory and it comes back, but it’s hard to come back to it. “
For senior Lee Price, who plays the narrator in Prince Cast, the challenges and rust provide an exciting opportunity.
“It’s very different because we spent the last year hiding in our bedrooms, but it’s also really exciting,” Price said.
While Sondheim’s writing is notoriously difficult to execute, what might be the more difficult aspect is the physicality imposed on the actors during the show. The characters’ arduous journeys put the actors to the test to highlight the intensity of their plots, as well as the movement of the sets and props.
“We’re pushing ladders, there’s a lot of somersaults and falls, and jumps and jumps, kind of like a big circus,” Price said. “But it’s so worth it.”
The musical has won acclaim and multiple Tony Awards, for its score and comedic lyrics. The creative team seeks to complement Sondheim’s complex and demanding score with eccentric scenography and costumes to enrich the audience and transport them to a world of creativity and darkness.
“There is something for everyone to learn,” Miller said, “so many stories and lessons that he [can be] relevant to anyone in the audience.
In the woods debuts at the Kleist Center Mainstage Theater with the “Prince Cast” on November 10, 12, 14, 18 and 20, and the “Cinderella Cast” on November 11, 13, 17, 19 and 21.
Tickets cost $ 15 for students and $ 30 for adults and can be found on the Events page of the Baldwin Wallace Conservatory.