Review: Into the Woods – unpolished, but entertaining

By Marianne Lincoln

Opening night is August 23 for the SRO Theater Troupe’s presentation Into the Woods, directed by Nancy Tribush Hillman, with musical direction by Stephen Borsuk at Gordon’s Outdoor Theater in Yelm. The cost is $15 per person and tickets can be purchased at Gordon’s Market. Curtain is at 8 p.m.

The theater is behind Gordon’s Market. It is a rather non-descript place which could be mistaken for just a little gate in the fence behind the market. Not being a regular in Yelm, I had to inquire where to look for it.

Last night I attended what was allegedly the dress rehearsal. They production was coming together, but was not without some fits and starts. There were some lines dropped, syncopation, intonation and rushing issues with the music and last minute changes with the stage lighting. The piano accompanist was doing an amazing job of working to fit the music to how each soloist paced their song. He certainly has the most challenging role in the production.

Overall, it is a darling family musical production about a baker and his wife who wish for a child and meet a witch who makes a deal with them to grant their desire. The deal requires them to find 4 objects the witch is seeking and it leads them into the woodsy adventures that ensue. Along the way they meet up with several fairy tale story characters, Jack and the Beanstalk, Cinderella, Rapunzel, and Red Riding Hood.

The cast is mostly rural local individuals who enjoy performing live theater. Some are down to earth and others, charming and flamboyant. The outdoor theater is small, but since they are working without sound system, it is helpful to have an intimate setting. Keep in mind, the witch is very easily heard.

The production of Into the Woods runs every night through August 28. The best nights may be later in the run, but the production is certain to entertain you.

There are three acts to the production, so plan for almost 3 hours to see the entire performance.


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