Thursday, April 12, 2012

Into the Woods!

Our annual spring musical is just around the corner.
This year we're performing Into the Woods.

Never heard of it? Here is the synopsis:
An ambivalent Cinderella? A blood-thirsty Little Red Ridinghood?
A Prince Charming with a roving eye? A Witch ... who raps? They're all among the cockeyed characters in James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim's fractured fairy tale. When a Baker and his Wife learn they've been cursed with childlessness by the Witch next door, they embark on a quest for the special objects ( a cow as white as milk...a cape as red as blood... hair as yellow as corn... a slipper as pure as gold... ) required to break the spell, swindling, lying to and stealing from Cinderella (with the slipper as pure as gold) Little Red Ridinghood (with a cape as red as blood) Rapunzel (with the hair as yellow as corn) and Jack (the one who climbed the beanstalk - with the cow as white as milk). Everyone's wish is granted at the end of Act One but the consequences of their actions return to hauntthem later, with disastrous results. A Giant (A female Giant, that is) steps down from the heavens and straight upon some beloved characters. It takes a few lives before the survivors realize that they have to act altogether in order tosucceed. Thus, what begins a lively irreverent fantasy becomes a moving lesson about community responsibility and the stories we tell our children.

This week we began construction of the set.
Here are a few pictures of the Southstage Company hard at work!

This sets requires lots and lots of fake rocks. We used carpet padding and paint to create our faux rocks. Oh, and in case you ever have the necessity to cut carpet padding, it's not easy!

Works in progress...

Rapunzel's tower

Painting rocks...

Cutting rocks...

Stapling rocks...

The broadway version of Into the Woods doesn't have a bridge,
but the SCHS Southstage Company will because we're awesome like that!!!

We also created lots of trees, but I forgot to photograph the beginnings of our forestry.  Hopefully we can post those pictures soon. We accomplished a lot in two days time, but we still have a great deal of work to do (the Baker's house, Cinderella's house and Cinderella's mother's tree). At least the large structural things are completed.

Thanks Southstage for your hard work, dedication and sacrifice during your spring break! You are all super stars and this is going to be another fantastic production! Woot! Woot!

~ Mrs. Amy Jones