Into the Woods

Date 28th May 2015
Society Backstreet Theatre Company
Venue The Prince of Wales Theatre Cannock
Type of Production Musical
Director Michele Windsor
Musical Director Gladstone Wilson
Choreographer Michele Windsor

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Author: Brian Hirst

This society likes to take on a challenge and they certainly conquered this one. If a Stephen Sondheim musical wasn’t enough they decided to stage partly in the round and partly on a conventional stage. They also designed the set and made many of the costumes.

The amount of talent displayed on stage was amazing. Every single member of the cast had a clearly defined character which they stuck to at all times. It is impossible to single out any one individual for mention as the contributions made by all the cast couldn’t be faulted whether it was in acting, solo singing, ensemble work or dancing or as in most cases all these attributes. What a team effort!

Michele Windsor’s vision for this production must have struck fear into the hearts of the technicians but once again they rose to the challenge. Alex Cartwright’s lighting design was very impressive and there was a perfect sound balance between the extremely competent band and the singers.

The staging of the show in this way meant that the band was hidden away so that there was no possible eye contact between the MD and performers. This doesn’t make life easy for any musical but for one written by Sondheim it is almost impossible. The cast were so well rehearsed by Gladstone Wilson that all vocal entries were achieved without a problem.

The whole production team must be complimented for the vision and for producing such an impressive outcome using this very talented cast. Well done to everyone!