‘Into The Woods,’ great entertainment with deep meaning

During rehearsals of Music Boosters’ “Into The Woods” last week, Bill Nobles, who has the lead role of The Baker in the show, wondered aloud if audience members would be able to see and experience the different levels of story and meaning Stephen Sondheim has woven into his music and words. 

With dozens of songs, orchestra underlays, amusing and fanciful story lines and dialogue,  “Into The Woods” will keep you entertained and involved from the moment you step into the auditorium. 

But, the messages underneath the music — messages of hope, peace, strength, sadness, love, family and how we live our lives — are powerful. 

In the poignant “No More,” The Baker sings, “No more giants, waging war; can’t we just pursue our lives, with our children and our wives?”  as he awaits  battle. 

Bill hopes all who come to the show will  walk away not only having enjoyed a terrific musical performance, but also holding  a piece of heart from the “woods”.

 Set building has begun in earnest, with the production only three weeks away.  Music Boosters uses a collaborative effort in set design, with work done by Scott Farnham, Dale Morris, Linda Bennett, Bill Reardon and Jeff Hester.  Our intent is to welcome audience members into an open and whimsical forest setting, with different levels and colors used throughout the show.

 “Into The Woods” is Music Boosters’ most difficult musical to date; our cast is more than rising to the occasion as they increase their rehearsal times and deepen their relationship to characters. 

Music Boosters is a non-profit performing arts and education organization, whose profits are turned back to our community and schools, in addition to providing college scholarships to students seeking careers in the performing arts, music education, and other related areas. The organization  remains the backbone of the high school’s performing arts program.  Next year, 2009, will be our 20th anniversary year. 

For more information on “Into The Woods,” see www.pagosamusicboosters.org, or call Dale Morris at 731-3370. 

Performance dates are Nov. 20, 21, 22 and 23 at 7 p.m., with a matinee only on Nov. 23, at 2 p.m. 

Tickets are available now at www.brownpapertickets.com, at the Chamber of Commerce visitors Center downtown, or at the door at the Pagosa Springs High School auditorium, prior to a performance.

Photo courtesy Dale Morris
Members of Music Boosters and cast members move set pieces to the high school in preparation for Pagosa Springs Music Boosters holiday production of “Into The Woods.” From left are Jaret Heber, who plays Cinderella’s Prince; Jeff Schaupp, who plays the Mysterious Man; Jeff Reardon, who plays the Steward; Bill Reardon, set construction crew; and Scott Farnham, set designer.