• Elise Strachan and Leah Toohey

    Elise Strachan and Leah Toohey

  • Danny O'Dea and Susan Pitt with Angela Seymour

    Danny O'Dea and Susan Pitt with Angela Seymour

  • Nicola Vaughan and Heather Vaughan

    Nicola Vaughan and Heather Vaughan

  • Kerry Dietrich and Dominic Bogusz

    Kerry Dietrich and Dominic Bogusz

  • Michaela Uren, Beth Way and Mark 'Tex' Turnbull

    Michaela Uren, Beth Way and Mark 'Tex' Turnbull

  • Kelly Battocchio and Amelia Green

    Kelly Battocchio and Amelia Green

  • Lana Barbour and Kristin McClymont

    Lana Barbour and Kristin McClymont

Into the Woods @ Gungahlin Theatre

29 August 2015

With music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, Into the Woods at the Gungahlin Theatre is a trip into the ‘burbs to see that in the right hands a Broadway musical can be just as delightful on a local stage as on the ‘Great White Way’. The millions of lights that give that section of Broadway the famous moniker should inspire some Gungahlin illumination, as the theatre precinct is a bit ordinary, but the theatre is excellent. And while my last Sondheim – Side by Side by Sondheim was a long time ago – he does have a bit of the magician in him with the compilation formula.

The magic with this show is in the mixing and blending of favourite fairy tales, bringing characters together and creating a whole new perspective of much loved stories in those woods. The Wicked Witch is a doozy, Little Red Riding Hood pert and perky, Rapunzel warbles along in her tower and the ugly sisters and their mum are impressive in their finery straight from the wardrobe department of Victorian Opera. And that is what makes this production a stand out as the costumes, props and sets are provided by that company and it makes all the difference to a show that deserves a stylishproduction.

Directed by Richard Block with musical direction by Damien Slingsby and choreography by Kathryn Jones this trio has plenty of experience in local theatre in many productions and with great support from not just Victorian Opera but the ANU School of Music for the fledglingDramatic Productions they bring Sondheim’s fairy tale fantasy to the stage and make it sparkle.

One for the whole family and especially for Gungahlin locals who can show this little company they are a supportive audience.

Into the Woods continues 12 September at the Gungahlin Theatre.