It always amuses me how many people accidentally leave at interval during ‘Into The Woods’ because they think that the show is over. While on one hand we know that ‘happily ever after’ is not necessarily a realistic expectation for our own lives, we enjoy it (and often expect it) in narratives.
Phoenix Theatre Company’s latest offering is the ever popular Sondheim musical, Into the Woods. With music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by James Lapine, this entertaining musical intertwines the plots of several Grimm fairy tales and explores in more depth the consequences of some of our favourite childhood character’s actions.
I’m really hoping that you haven’t clicked on this article expecting to find the ultimate answer on how to become a performer. The truth is I can’t really tell anyone how to be ‘successful’ as I’m still working it out myself. What I can do is tell you my story, so you can see the emotional rollercoaster of trying to become a performer and hopefully see the benefits of persevering.
I’m the director of Phoenix Theatre Company’s production of Into the Woods and the person who pre-cast the role of the Witch. Who would have guessed that such a simple and honest disclosure in the audition notice would result in such a passionate discussion on TP Talk? I was initially amused by it all, but as some of the comments grew more heated I felt the need to respond in my own words.