Executive Director, Joe Keefe on Into the Woods

September 18, 2017 § Leave a comment

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Organized theater is about 4500 years old and despite its age, live theater is more relevant and necessary today than ever before. As screens and faceless media intrude more and more on our lives, personal, intimate, human shared experiences take on even more significance, comprising the moments we truly cherish – our memories.

These intimate shared experiences, wonderful moments of memory and discovery, are the basis for Into The Woods, a touching, funny, spooky and quirky retelling of the Brothers Grimm fairy tales set to Stephen Sondheim’s brilliant words and music, backed by James Lapine’s book. While the shows illuminates Grimm’s tales, it is very much a show for adults with themes we all share: the unforeseen consequences of our hopes, dreams and wishes fulfilled.

The re-imagined stories, at the same time pleasant and ominous, are the cautionary tales that became our first lessons and our elementary entertainment. The Wolf pursuing Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and his magic beans, Cinderella and her Prince – these stories are brought to strange life through subtle humor, witty torment and wonderful music.

Into The Woods thrived in a two-year run on Broadway and has become a touring and regional theater staple. We have nurtured it at Metropolis for the richness of its words and music, the quirky retelling of classic tales, while featuring a cast of excellent voices and characters. As with all our shows, the cast is what I devotedly call our “All Stars”, the best young talent in the Midwest.

If you’re even a casual fan of musical theater, Into The Woods is a show for you: rich in texture, quirky in telling, funny when needed and a glorious night of story, words and music. Join us for a great night of this theatrical classic.

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Life in the Wings – An actor’s view from offstage

September 14, 2017 § Leave a comment

Into the Woods actor Kent Joseph                                                                                

Hey there fans of Metropolis. My name is Kent, I play Cinderella’s Father and I am sitting backstage during spacing rehearsal for Into the Woods.

A spacing rehearsal is quite a tiring, trying, labor intense, but very necessary, part of the rehearsal process. For the past month our huge cast and production team have been squeezed into a rehearsal room (with stairs, ramps, and platforms labeled with colored tape on the floor), while the mainstage has been used for other amazing productions here at MPAC. Now we move Into the Woods into the theater, which has not only more space to move about in, but also levels. Lots and lots of levels. Soon Rapunzel’s tower, several trees and other stage decorations will be added. It’s quite an exciting week, both onstage and off!

Now 9 times out of 10 the staging done in the rehearsal room works on the stage as planned, with a minimal amount of “tweaking” needed. It’s that 10th time however that challenges us all (especially our production team); having to restage the actors onstage, run it, run it, run it again, making additional changes if necessary before moving on. Those of us not onstage at the time, in turn, have to wait…

and wait…

and wait…

Got to run! It’s my scene coming up…
(Drops iPad, picks up a prop, and gallops onto the stage)
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