UPDATE on ticket prices: $25, $23 for seniors, $13 for students.
Well, sort of. If you’re in the Birmingham area and you like musical theatre, mark your calendars for the CenterStage Productions presentation of Stephen Sondheim’s Into the Woods, which opens on Friday March 7 at the Virginia Samford Theatre (for details on show times and ticket purchases, click here).
If you’re not familiar with the show, it’s based on several Grimm’s Fairy Tales, which are a good bit darker than their Disney counterparts. The first act of the show focuses on the characters seeking out and obtaining what they want most — or what they think they want — without much in the way of self-reflection or foresight. It’s light-hearted and funny, and the music is wonderful. The second act explores the consequences of getting those wishes, and they’re not pretty (the music, of course, remains wonderful). In fact, if you have young children who would be disturbed by the content, the theatre will provide on-site child care for Act Two. This isn’t Sweeney Todd; the guts and gore are more implied than overt, but we’re definitely dealing with adult issues here.
I have a very small role in this production, but I won’t let that keep me from bragging on the cast and crew. In a word, they are marvelous! These actors/singers bring their roles to life even when we’re all slumming around in sweat clothes and tennis shoes. And the people offstage are working as hard as those on it to make the whole thing look effortless. If you’re familiar with the theatre scene here, you’ll recognize quite a few names and faces.
Tickets are $25, a bargain given the quality of the production. Group rates are available, too, if you want to bring a crowd. I hope you’ll go into the woods with us. Oh, and if you’re looking for me onstage, I’m the tree.