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Real Life Seeps Into Fairy-Tale World Of 'Into The Woods'

Courtesy of WMU Theatre

Following the world premiere of a newly-commissioned play, WMU Theatre will continue its season with a classic Sondheim musical staged in an outdoor amphitheater. Director Anthony J. Hamilton and Isaiah Le, a WMU senior who plays the Narrator/Mysterious Man, gave Cara Lieurance an inside look at the themes of Into The Woods: Be careful what you wish for; "nice" is different than "good;" and no one is alone.

Le says the detailed, complicated score required hundreds of hours of rehearsal but gave him new appreciation of his fellow players. According to Hamilton that was by design. Not everyone in the cast is a music theater major, and that created an opportunity to discover new singing voices and talents. He says his only worry for opening weekend is the weather. Rain dates will be offered if inclement weather forces a cancellation. Full details are at the WMU Theatre website.

Cara Lieurance covers local music with live morning interviews, and produces WMUK's Let's Hear It weekday mornings at 10 am Mon-Fri, showcasing local interviews and performances. She also produces The Pure Drop, an hour of Celtic music, with musician Dave Marlatt.
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