“Into The Woods,” by Stephen Sondheim, first opened on Broadway in 1987 and has since enjoyed worldwide performances tours and revivals in addition to garnering some of the best awards NYC has to offer.
Our own Music Boosters production of this “fractured fairy tale” showcases the enormous talent present in our mountain town.
A “Narrator,” played by Zach Nelson, introduces some of the major characters: “Cinderella,” played by Josie Lafferty, a recent arrival to Pagosa; “Jack,” played by another recent Pagosa transplant, Robert Neel, the “Baker,” Bill Nobles, and his “Wife,” Jessica Krebs, (yet another newcomer) and “Little Red Riding Hood,” played with professionalism and fun by veteran stage actor Ami Harbison.
All of these characters and more embark on a journey “Into The Woods,” during which they explore age-old themes of growing up, parents and children, accepting responsibility, and filling wishes. The production bursts with song, playfulness, heart and color. Vocals are challenging and spectacular, led by Kathleen B. Isberg in the part of the “Witch.”
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 of 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 relationships 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 long-awaited 20th anniversary year.
For more information on “Into The Woods,” see www.pagosamusicboosters.org, or call Dale Morris at 731-3370.
Performance dates at the high school auditorium are Nov. 20, 21 and 22 at 7 p.m., with a matinee only on Nov. 23 at 2 p.m.
Tickets are available now at www.brownpapertickets.com and at the Chamber of Commerce visitors Center downtown. Tickets will also be available at the door prior to performances.