Gold Coast Lit­tle The­atre’s frac­tured fairy­tale ......

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JOSH McCann-Thom­son, di­rec­tor of the Gold Coast Lit­tle The­atre pro­duc­tion of Stephen Sond­heim’s mu­si­cal Into the Woods, wants his fairy­tale characters to teach his au­di­ence life lessons.

Into the Woods opens this week­end and features nar­ra­tor Cameron Rollo who guides the au­di­ence as the Baker (Stephen Hirst) and his wife (Louise Har­ris) ven­ture into the woods to lift the curse of child­less­ness im­posed by the Wicked Witch (Jess Papst).

A host of fairy­tale characters in­clude Cin­derella (Heidi Enchel­maier), Red Rid­ing Hood (Kylie Loveday), Ra­pun­zel (Kim Reck­ers) and Jack of the Beanstalk (Shaun Kohlman).

With a sto­ry­line that puts an in­trigu­ing twist on clas­sic fairy­tales, McCan­nThom­son says Into the Woods will chal­lenge the au­di­ences pre­con­cep­tions about what it means to be happy.

Into the Woods delves into ex­treme re­la­tion­ships, twist­ing and ma­nip­u­lat­ing un­til the au­di­ence re­alises they are not so dif­fer­ent to the characters on stage.

‘‘The woods is a sym­bol for life and this is an in­no­va­tive way to ex­plore those lessons,’’ he says. ‘‘It’s en­ter­tain­ing, but by the end you re­alise the fairy­tales are lessons in dis­guise.’’

McCann-Thom­son wants his au­di­ence to learn not to take things for granted.

‘‘Be care­ful what you wish for, as it can come true and you can lose other things,’’ he says.

McCann-Thom­son’s spin on Into the Woods takes the set­ting to a bro­ken down en­chanted li­brary. While the plot sticks to the tra­di­tional sto­ries for each fairy­tale, there are some per­son­al­ity twists for the characters.

‘‘Red Rid­ing Hood is por­trayed like a brat, some­one who thinks she knows ev­ery­thing,’’ he says.

‘‘The ugly witch is trans­formed into be­ing beau­ti­ful, and Ra­pun­zel is ac­tu­ally the daugh­ter of the witch.

‘‘For the Baker and his wife to break the spell, they need to col­lect items from each char­ac­ter, they have to go through all the fairy­tales to get the ob­jects.’’

While Into the Woods con­tains themes of love, death and magic, McCan­nThom­son says it’s an all-ages mu­si­cal.

plays Gold Coast Lit­tle The­atre, South­port from Satur­day un­til March 2.

Kylie Loveday as Red Rid­ing Hood

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