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Under Kim Bromley’s brilliant direction, the Novato Theater Company branches out with the Tony Award-Winning James Lapine’s excellent book and Stephen Sondheim’s exciting music and lyrics with Into The Woods. This musical interweaves the plots of several of The Grimms’ Fairy Tales, and follows them to explore the consequences of the characters’ wishes and quests. The main characters are taken from Little Red Riding Hood, Jack in the Beanstock, Rapunzel, and Cinderella. This is tied together by an original story involving a childless couple (the Baker and his wife), their quest to begin a family, and their interactions with other story-book characters during their journey.
Kim Bromley guides her large and talented cast of 16 actors deftly through the overlapping story line of Little Red Riding Hood, Jack in the Beanstock, Rapunzel, Cinderella, and the childless couple, who must undo a witches curse.
Each player has shining moments. Exceptional performances come from Daniela Innocenti-Beem as the Witch who undergoes an amazing transformation into a beautiful woman; Alison Peltz as the Baker’s Wife; Julianne Thompson Bretan as Cinderella; Susan Zelinsky as Cinderella’s Step-Mother; Johnny DeBernard, as the narrator and the mysterious man; Robert Nelson, as Jack; and Anthony Martinez as the Wolf and Cinderella’s Prince.
Musical direction by Andrew Klein, from his deep understanding of Sondheim’s music and the characters, gives this production “a depth almost never seen” by Director Kim Bromley with this material. Associate Musical Director Debra Chambliss also made a significant contribution to the interpretation of the score. The evocative set design by David Shirk, and innovative costumes by Janice Deneau and Marie Meier, create just the right tone of both whimsey and mystery. Alison Peltz (the Baker’s Wife) was also responsible for the exceptional choreography, which made it possible to appreciate every word of the cast’s nimble delivery of Sondheim’s crisp lyrics and Andrew Klein’s outstanding music direction of the rich score.
Into The Woods is structured so that Act I ends on a “happy-ever-after” note, and Act II then delves into the darkness that follows when people get what they want. Director Kim Bromley dedicates her production “for all who have left us halfway through the woods.”
Flora Lynn Isaacson
Photos by Jonathan Bretan
Into The Woods began its run October 23rd and will continue through November 22nd, 2015, at Novato Theater Company Playhouse, 5420 Nave Drive, Suite C, Novato 94949.
Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 p.m. and Sundays at 2:00 p.m. Order tickets online up to two hours before performance times at www.NovatoTheaterCompany.org (print out your ticket from the confirmation email). If you are unable to print out your ticket, your name will be on a list at the Box Office at your scheduled time. The Box Office opens at 7:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday; and at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday.
You may purchase your ticket at the Box Office by cash or check on the date you attend. Credit cards are not accepted at the Box Office.
Please telephone Novato Theater Company at 415-883-4498 with questions.
Coming up next at Novato Theater Company will be A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare, adapted and directed by Clay David from January 29 through February 21, 2016.