Theater Lisa Gauthier Scot Greenwell and Claire Wilcher in Footlite Musicals' 'Into the Woods' Into the Woods Footlite Musicals Directed by R. Brian Noffke Through May 13 Steven Sondheim works range from the intriguing Assassins to the downright silly A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. Into the Woods falls well short of the Assassins side of the bar, but is nowhere near as slapstick as Forum. However, it still has its goofy moments. From the man who brought us the deliciously twisted Sweeny Todd and the moving Gypsy, we have a jumble of fairy tales thrown on stage and pureed. What comes out is a yarn casserole, using Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel, Cinderella and Jack (of the Beanstalk) for the main ingredients, coated with the Baker and His Wife to tie all the flavors together. Each character marches “into the woods” (again and again) to find what he or she is looking for, whether it is a child, grandma, a prince, etc. Heading up the cast is Scot Greenwell as the Baker, in an unusual vocal turn. Sure, he sang a bit in Phoenix’s Urinetown, but here his chops get a workout, and he proves himself up to the task. He is out-done, however, by Claire Wilcher (Man of La Mancha and Secret Garden, both at Footlite) as his Wife, who (again) is one of the highlights of the show. Watch her. She is good. Very good. Also noteworthy: Kate Nash’s (the Witch) voice and Elizabeth Trammell’s (Red) deranged grin. But the absolute high point of the show is the performance of “Agony” by two minor characters, the Princes, played by Michael Moyer and Michael McCormick. They are hysterical. Give these guys an Encore Award! All the technical aspects (sets, costumes, lights, etc.) are very nicely done. But the incorporation of a real horse for one rather short scene seemed … odd. This ends Footlite Musical’s 2005-2006 season; ’06-’07 opens with the Young Adult production of Cats. Enough said. Into the Woods continues through May 13, Fridays-Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $15; $13 for students and senior citizens; $10 for children. Footlite is located at 1847 N. Alabama St. Call 317-926-6630, www.footlite.org for reservations.

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