July 5, 2005 > Into the Woods Musical review
Into the Woods Musical review
Whatever happens after Cinderella marries the prince or after Jack kills the giant? Fairy-tales are amusing to read, but also expect the reader to just take the author's word for it. Into the Woods, is a musical that is cleverly written to intertwine the lives of all the most popular fairy-tale characters and what happens after their happily ever after. No longer will you have to be jealous of Cinderella's marriage or even wonder if any of it is true.
Ohlone College's rendition of the musical is a complete success. Armed with a fantastic cast, great sets, and costumes, this production can do no wrong. Walking into the outdoor theater, I felt magically teleported into another world. It was an experience similar to visiting the Renaissance Faire or Disneyland. The costumes were vivid and fitting for the characters, making the musical fun to watch.
The actors however, are the most wonderful part. Where I once imagined all the princesses of the fairy-tales to be weak and subordinate women, these actors give them a much more real-life quality. Cinderella, played by Laura Marion, gives a brilliant performance. Not only does she make Cinderella a strong woman, she also gives her a comedic quality and lends her beautiful voice to the character. In fact, everyone in the musical has a unique and strong voice.
The baker, Christopher Cobb, and his wife, Meghan Michelle McGovern connect wonderfully. The witch, played by Soila Munoz is also impressive as she gives a very genuine performance. A younger, yet equally impressive actress, Courtney Stokes, plays Little Red Riding Hood, rivaled this great performer. Not only does she look the part, her movements and voice are perfect for the role. Both Soila and Courtney have a presence that captures the audience. Rapunzel, played by Casi Maggio, is also a delightful character. She is like a Barbie doll, and, appropriately, overdramatizes her role. Two of my favorite characters have smaller roles but are hilarious. Rapunzel's Prince (Greg Lucas) and Cinderella's Prince (Joshua K. Milbourne), made me giggle every time they stepped foot on stage. Their goofy composure steals every scene they are in.
In addition to this well done production, theatergoers have the opportunity to watch evening approach, an experience to remember. Whether you are looking for a summer spot to relax and cool down while being entertained or want to enjoy a great musical in a pleasant outdoor setting, don't miss this clever fairy-tale.
Into the Woods
Thursday - Saturday, July 7 - 9
Smith Center at Ohlone College
43600 Mission Blvd., Fremont
For ticket information call (510) 659-6031 or visit www.smithcenterpresents.com.
Ticket prices are $15 for Adults and $12 for Students/Seniors.