Hats off to David Post and the entire cast and crew at Bellingham Arts Academy for Youth for raising the artistic bar yet again with their current production of "Into the Woods."
This isn't your typical candy-coated children's theater. Stephen Sondheim's brilliant 1988 musical employs a psychologically charged mash-up of classic fairy tale characters to explore themes of hope and longing, love and loss, anxiety, ambiguity, guilt and redemption. The score is complex and sophisticated; the lyrics are provocative, hilarious and profound.
It's a notoriously challenging work for any company. The fact that it's being brought to life by a cast of local 12- to 14-year-olds with such technical and emotional maturity is simply astonishing.
If you've ever had a wish or a dream or a disappointment; if you've ever had a child or been one; if you've ever wondered about the value of fine arts in building community or been curious what kids these days are really capable of, this show will speak to you.
Just go see it - you'll be glad you did!
Anna Evans of Bellingham, via Letters to the Editor
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