Arts & Entertainment

"Into the Woods" at The Baird is a Triumph for interACT

(From left to right) Emily Strigl and Staci Morin Credits: Marilyn Lehren
Kate Soriano Credits: Marilyn Lehren
(From left to right) Paul David Morin, Jess Emerson, Jeremy Messmer, and Paige Ftizgerald Credits: Marilyn Lehren

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - Into the Woods is interACT’s newest production at the Baird Center, and once again they do not disappoint. A fun and exciting musical for kids and adults, this production of Into the Woods is a perfect and wholly entertaining way to spend an evening.

Between singing wolves, spunky grandmothers, and cheating princes, Into the Woods is a comical and brand new spin on the fairy tales that we’ve all grown to love. The show encapsulates every character you can think of from the classic tales, but with new personalities and values to redefine who you thought they were.

Not only is the show itself amusing, but what makes it even better is how obviously close the cast is and how much fun they are having performing. Nicholas Clarey, the director, choreographer, and set designer said that “The cast was the best cast I think we’ve ever had,” and it’s clear that the cast agree. There was chemistry between the characters, which just enhanced the story and allowed the audience to feel more connected to the show.

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When you walk into the theater on the third floor of the Baird Center, you are immediately transported to a different place. The entire theater is painted to look like the inside of a storybook- every wall has passages from fairy tales and portraits of the characters, and it didn’t just stop at the walls. Even the floor you walk in on is painted with more lines and portraits, which really throws the audience right into the story.

“It was the first time I had the luxury of a four person team. We also had two scenic artists,” Clarey said.  The set design team clearly shows off their talent, transforming a small, somewhat bare theater into something that helps to bring together the entire show.

All in all, the show is definitely an experience not to be missed. Luckily, the Baird Center is still hosting it for another weekend: May 16, 17, and 18. For a good time had by all and a show that will change your perspectives on the ‘happily ever after’s of your favorite characters, be sure to stop by and catch a performance of Into the Woods.

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