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