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Into the Woods review from the Cleburne Times-Review

Once upon a time, there was quite a crew in the woods …

By Mark A. Nobles/Special to the Times-Review

“Into The Woods” takes the Brothers Grim fairy tales past the point of “happily ever after” with a whimsical and sometimes dark take on the old adage, “be careful what you wish for.” With music and lyrics by the great contemporary composer Stephen Sondheim and book by James Lapine, “Into the Woods” takes Cinderella, Jack and his beanstalk, the Baker and his wife, Little Red Riding Hood and Rapunzel and mashes them together in a brilliant witches’ brew of a morality tale.

As usual the Plaza has assembled an extremely talented cast. Daron Cockerell is light and sweet as Cinderella. JaceSon Barrus has a wonderful turn as her prince with a slightly wandering eye. Jill Baker plays Rapunzel with a touch of mad Ophelia from Shakespeare’s “Hamlet.” She manages to be both funny and haunting at various turns. Kyle Adams manages to steal more than a few laughs during his brief time on stage as Rapunzel’s Prince. Ben Phillips and Milette Siler play the Baker and the Baker’s Wife and strike the perfect note of an old married couple fighting life’s troubles with love and togetherness. Seth Cunningham plays Jack as a well meaning but slightly dense youth. Cunningham is an endearing talent who is sometimes overlooked because he tends to make everything look easy and natural.

The spotlight performances shine brightest on Tamara Steinburg as the Witch and Tabitha Barrus as Little Red Ridinghood. Steinburg is a force to be reckoned with as the mad, hook-nosed witch. She slouches and scurries about making mayhem for the rest of the village with delightful glee. Barrus infuses Little Red with a teenage snootiness that is hilarious as long as … she’s not your teenager (that might be infuriating).

Steinburg’s performance is powerful, making it difficult to look elsewhere when she is on stage, while Barrus darts and pops her lines with perfect timing and nuance. Both deserve kudos for managing to stand out in such a strong and talented cast.

“Into The Woods” is a fast-paced, intricate story with much of the dialogue and story line conveyed through the lyrics of the songs. The opening night performance was continuously marred with a bad sound mix between the live vocals and recorded music. A visually appealing number between Little Red and the Big Bad Wolf was completely lost with a bad sound mix and a costume that rubbed the live microphone. Hopefully these sound issues will be fixed so that audiences for the remainder of the show’s run can better enjoy the dialogue and follow the plot.

“Into the Woods” features a talented cast, stunning vocal performances and a punchy, poignant plot. This is a once-upon-a-time story that can be enjoyed by audiences of all ages.

Performances of “Into the Woods” run through Sept. 4. Performances are 7:30 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, with two performances Saturdays at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. For information, call 817-202-0600 or visit

As Promised: Our 2011 Season – Adjusted

As we mentioned last week, we are making an adjustment to our 2011 Season at PlazaCo. The show we had originally planned to produce as our 2011 “Camp Show” was BIG RIVER. We have decided to make a change to that plan and with all the rights now in place we’re prepared to announce our new and improved 2011 Season of Shows. Here are the 10 amazing plays we’ll produce in 2011 with dates and Directors.

THE MAN WITH THE POINTED TOES ~ Directed by Stefanie Glenn ~ Playing December 31st (our New Year’s Eve show) thru January 29th

ANNIE GET YOUR GUN ~ Directed by Aaron and Milette Siler ~ Playing February 4th thru March 12th

THE SCARLET PIMPERNEL ~ Directed by JaceSon and Tina Barrus ~ Playing March 18th thru April 16th

HARVEY ~ Directed by Jay Lewis ~ Playing April 22nd thru May 14th

HELLO, DOLLY! ~ Directed by Christine Atwell ~ Playing May 20th thru June 18th (this is the show we are replacing Big River with, it is not however, the “Camp Show”)

JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT ~ Directed by JaceSon and Tina Barrus ~ June 24th thru July 30th (this is the new “Camp Show”)

SMOKE ON THE MOUNTAIN ~ Directed by Kyle and Megan Adams ~ August 5th thru September 10th

THE 39 STEPS ~ Directed by Kevin Poole ~ September 16th thru October 8th

CRAZY FOR YOU ~ Directed by Aaron and Milette Siler ~ October 14th thru November 12th

ANNIE ~ Directed by Taffy Geisel ~ November 18th thru December 23rd

By making JOSEPH the “Camp Show” and moving ANNIE GET YOUR GUN into the 2nd slot of the year, HELLO, DOLLY! now becomes the season’s 5th show. We are thrilled with this lineup as well as with the amazing directing talent we’ll have here at Plaza next year. It’s gonna be amazing.

Official Press Release for opening INTO THE WOODS

Plaza Theatre Company – PRESS RELEASE
Plaza Theatre Company set to open the fairytale musical Into the Woods!
July 26th, 2010
Plaza Theatre Company is proud to announce the opening of INTO THE WOODS on August 6th, 2010. The production will play Plaza’s newly renovated theatre at 111 S. Main Street in Cleburne, TX opening on Friday, August 6th and playing through Saturday September 4th, 2010. The show will be the 36th produced by Plaza Theatre Company and the 7th of 10 in Plaza’s 2010 Season of shows.
“We are so excited to bring INTO THE WOODS to Plaza Theatre Company because it is such a unique musical”, says Aaron Siler, one of Plaza’s co-Producer’s as well as Director of the production. “This is a great story that takes many of the Grimm fairytales, spins them on their head and intertwines them in a very interesting and unique way. The first act follows the traditional fairytales that we’re all familiar with, and the second act shows what happens after the happily ever after”.
INTO THE WOODS is a musical with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by James Lapine. It debuted on Broadway in 1987 and ran for 764 performance garnering many awards during it’s initial Broadway run including Best Actress in a Musical and Best Original Book and Score. The show has spawned numerous national tours and revivals and remains one of the American Theatre’s best loved musicals to produce.
The main characters come from the classic fairytales Cinderella, Rapunzel, Jack and the Beanstalk and Little Red Riding Hood, and are tied together by a more original story involving a baker and his wife and their quest to begin a family. While everyone is familiar with the traditional fairytale ending of happily ever after, this musical follows these stories even further to explore the consequences of the characters’ wishes and quests.  
The production is under the Direction of G. Aaron Siler with Musical Direction by Rebecca Lowrey. Shauna Lewis is Stage Manager with Costume design by Tina Barrus, Set design by JaceSon & Parker Barrus, Lighting design by Cameron & JaceSon Barrus, Prop design by Milette Siler and Sound design by G. Aaron Siler.
The cast for INTO THE WOODS is: (double cast where noted)
Baker Ben Phillips
Baker’s Wife Meredith Browning, Milette Siler
The Witch Caroline Rivera, Tamara Steinberg
Cinderella Daron Cockerell
Little Red Tabitha Barrus, Taylor O’toole
Narrator / Mysterious Man Burl Proctor
Jack Seth Cunningham, Auston McIntosh
Cinderella’s Prince / Wolf JaceSon P. Barrus
Rapunzel Jill Baker
Rapunzel’s Prince Kyle Adams
Jack’s Mother Heather Morrill
Cinderella’s Stepmother Deborah Dennard
Cinderella’s Father Jay Lewis
Stepsister / Snow White Meagan Cavasar, Jaye Jennifer Smith
Stepsister / Sleeping Beauty Kayla Esmond, Courtney Howell
Steward Seth Cunningham, Auston McIntosh
Granny Megan Adams, Shauna Lewis
Cinderella’s Mother Kristin Spires
The voice of the Giant Stacy Blanton


INTO THE WOODS will play Plaza Theatre Company from August 6th thru September 4th, 2010 on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:30pm with Saturday afternoon matinees at 3pm. Ticket prices are $12 for Adults, $10 for Seniors and Students and $9 for children. Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling 817-202-0600 or visiting the Plaza Box Office between the hours of 10am and 6pm Monday thru Saturday.

Into The Woods Promo Video

Here’s a link to a short promotional video for Plaza Theatre Company’s upcoming production of INTO THE WOODS. The show will play from August 6th thru September 4th, 2010.

All Shook Up sets records at PlazaCo

Since opening its doors in April of 2007, Plaza Theatre Company has experienced many wonderful successes during our first 35 productions. Many shows have been become instant hits at Plaza like Beauty and the Beast, Smoke on the Mountain, Steel Magnolias, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers and Singin’ in the Rain. All Shook Up has joined this list as one of Plaza’s most popular productions by selling out every performance!

Here are some photos from this exciting production:

Obviously we wish we had more seats at PlazaCo to accomodate all the demand (Plaza Producers estimate at least 2 more weekends of shows could have easily been filled) but we’re thrilled with the success of All Shook Up and the hard work of a wonderful cast and crew. In addition, All Shook Up has been Plaza Academy’s 3rd annual Camp Show. Over 40 students are part of the All Shook Up ensemble. Thanks to a wonderful show, amazing cast members and a terrific camp, the 35th show at Plaza Theatre Company will always be a memorable one for PlazaCo.