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A Fairy-Tale Delight: Into the Woods at The Island Theater 

A Fairy-Tale Delight: Into the Woods at The Island Theater 

Fairy-tale lovers, delight! Into the Woods at The Island Theater in Fleming Island is the perfect family-friendly live theater experience to share with your children this Fall. Quirky, delightful, and entertaining from beginning to end, you’ll enjoy the show just as much as the kids as you revisit fairytale favorites with a fresh twist.   The woods are a pretty crowded place these days and everyone has their own competing interests and desires, each intertwined in a complicated plot line complete with fabulous musical numbers and choreography. Meet Cinderella, who desires a reprieve from domestic drudgery to attend the King’s Festival. …

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Jacksonville University College of Fine Arts Delights Audiences with “Into the Woods”

REVIEW: Jacksonville University College of Fine Arts Delights Audiences with “Into the Woods”

Jacksonville University presented four performances of James Lapine’s award winning musical “Into The Woods” from November 1 to 4 at Swisher Theatre. This musical won three Tony Awards on Broadway in 1987. It was made into a movie in 2014 with Meryl Streep and Johnny Depp and grossed over 200 million dollars at the box office. This is one of the most unique musicals in that the script combines several fairy tales into one story with the paths of familiar characters crossing and changing their lives. The cast is large and it takes a skilled Director to keep all those …

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SUMMER STAGING: FSCJ’s Summer Musical Theatre Experience Presents WEST SIDE STORY

The Florida State College at Jacksonville High School Summer Musical Theatre Experience is celebrating its 12th anniversary with a presentation of the West Side Story July 21-30 at the . Open to local area high school students, the pairs young thespians with some of the highest recognized local theatre directors, choreographers and musicians for an immersive stage experience. To audition, students must have completed the 7th grade prior to rehearsal. High school graduates may participate if they have just graduated in the current year. This summer, more than 70 student performers and technicians will be directed by in preparation for …

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DUAL CRITICS REVIEW: Merrily We Roll Along at ABET

ABET THEATRE REVIEW DUAL CRITICS REVIEW BY DICK KEREKES & LEISLA SANSOM [email protected] The opened the Florida premier of the musical “” on September 9, 2016. The production will be onstage through September 26. The musical, which debuted on Broadway in 1981, is based on a 1934 play by and . It hasn’t been staged frequently, probably because it is so challenging for the actors, musicians, and directors. But as far as we know, director embraces challenging works, and this play was no exception. He was ably assisted by actor/director . The book is by , while the music and …

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Kid Cast Makes “INTO THE WOODS” Their own

PLAYERS MUSICAL THEATRE STUDIO REVIEW The Dual Critics ventured down to Jacksonville Beach on May 2, 2015 for a Saturday matinee performance of “Into the Woods” at . The  musical, filled with characters from the fairy tales of the , received multiple Tonys after opening on Broadway in 1987 and has had several successful revivals. It reached mainstream America during last year’s Christmas season when a film adaptation became a big hit. As a result of the film, the musical has once again become a popular on-stage choice for theatres throughout the country. The Musical Theatre Studio is part of …

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movie preview: INTO THE WOODS

“INTO THE WOODS” is a modern twist on several of the beloved  fairy tales, intertwining the plots of a few choice stories and exploring the consequences of the characters’ wishes and quests. This humorous and heartfelt musical follows the classic tales of (),  (),  (), and (), all tied together by an original story involving a Baker and his Wife ( and ), their wish to begin a family and their interaction with the Witch (), who has put a curse on them. , the acclaimed filmmaker behind the Academy Award®-winning musical “” and Disney’s “,” directs the film, which …

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