Di­rec­tor set to take on a favourite

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - LIVE ’N’ LOUD -

task of di­rect­ing Stephen Sond­heim’s fairy­tale mu­si­cal Into The Woods is a chal­lenge Joshua McCann-Thom­son has al­ways wanted to take on. The upand-coming Gold Coast di­rec­tor is a big Sond­heim fan. ‘‘His clever lyrics and unique com­po­si­tions really stand out in the mu­sic the­atre world,’’ says McCann-Thom­son, who is joined by cast and crew at a Gold Coast Lit­tle The­atre ‘‘Drinks with the Di­rec­tor’’ evening ahead of the show’s open­ing. Into The Woods is an in­no­va­tive por­trayal of fairy­tales. Set in an en­chanted li­brary, the tune­ful mu­si­cal is for all ages although does show­case themes of death and magic. McCann-Thom­son says the tales and Sond­heim’s mu­sic made him ea­ger to em­brace the chal­lenge of di­rect­ing. He loves the mem­o­rable melodies of Into The Woods. ‘‘ Hello, Lit­tle Girl, Stay With Me and Ever Af­ter are the ones I can’t get out of my head,’’ he says. Nar­ra­tor Cameron Rollo guides Gold Coast au­di­ences as the Baker (Stephen Hirst) and his wife (Louise Har­ris) ven­ture into the woods to lift the curse of child­less­ness im­posed by a wicked witch (Jess Papst). Fairy­tale characters in­clude Cin­derella (Heidi Enchel­maier), Red Rid­ing Hood (Kylie Loveday) and Ra­pun­zel (Kim­berly Rek­ers). Into The Woods plays Gold Coast Lit­tle The­atre, South­port, from Fe­bru­ary 2 to March 2.

Drinks with the Di­rec­tor at the Gold Coast Lit­tle The­atre, South­port, on Tues­day from 6pm. Tick­ets $5; free for mem­bers.

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