Reviewer: Mark O’Neill
Returning to the Fringe from across the Atlantic, the American High School Theatre Festival take us on a journey Into the Woods.
One of Sondheim’s most popular works brings all of our favourite fairytale characters together into one amusing yet confusing adventure. Accompanied by a Tony Award-winning score, the story tells of the Baker and his wife, Jack, Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood and Rapunzel who are all wishing for something they don’t have. In an attempt to break a curse, everyone’s wish is granted however all do not live happily ever after for long…
There is no shadow of a doubt that each and every member of this company is talented, however, the performance is lacking. Vocals are a challenge for most cast members and the lack of amplification results in some of the script being lost.
Undoubtedly, Makenzi Cooley steals the show with her faultless vocals and outstanding facial expressions as Little Red Riding Hood, her enthusiasm helps to drive the show forward at points where other cast members look tired and stiff. Jordan Khan as the Wolf must also be commended for excellent acting ability and the fact he does not allow his faltering vocals affect the performance.
Overall the show is well staged and lighting is used effectively albeit with the occasional technical flicker. Sadly the show starts to lose its momentum in the latter half. The performance feels rushed and the cast lacks the enthusiasm that is required to pull off such a well-known show.
Runs until 29 August 2016