Into the Woods by LUST

“Once upon a time, in a far-off kingdom, there lay a small village, at the edge of the woods…” started the narrator of the play. The lights were turned off, and the stage became a village full of people who managed to capture the attention of the audience with ease. Cinderella, Red Riding Hood, Jack (from Jack and the Beanstalk), Rapunzel, as well as original characters, came to life in front of our eyes and the Stanley theatre was filled with magic.

Into the Woods tells us the story of a couple who wish to have child, and to do so they must obtain certain objects to give to a witch who had put a curse on their family. In their quest they encounter some of the most famous fairy tale characters who also have wishes of their own. Even though the concept may seem simple, let me assure you that it is not. Having won several Tony awards, and getting it’s own theatrical film adaptation, this play will always surprise and delight you.

“But how can you know what you want till you get what you want and you see if you like it?” asked Cinderella at one point during the play. Well, I certainly didn’t knew what to expect when I walked into theatre to watch the Liverpool University Student Theatre (LUST) performance of Into the Woods, but now I can say without a doubt that I want to see that play again. Even at the opening song I could tell that it was going to be an amazing performance, and I was definitely right.

The cast was stunning. Everybody owned they place on the stage. They are all incredibly talented and did worked wonderfully together on stage. The actors became their characters, made us care for what was happening during the story; we laughed, celebrated and cried with them. These actors are ones to watch – they are definitely going places!

All the songs were beautifully performed. The cast all had strong voices that were full of passion and the emotions behind every line that they delivered were evident. You could feel yourself being transported to the woods and experiencing the same things that they did.  Without giving away much of the plot, I can tell you that the performance of Agony had me smiling and laughing, while in No One is Alone with Lizzie Paes as Red Riding Hood, Blair Smith as Jack, Josh Cox as the Baker, and Anna Tucker as Cinderella, had me close to tears.

The orchestra was fantastic as well, not missing any beat, they transformed the theatre into a world full of magic, where wishes could become true. And of course we can’t forget to mention stunning Milky White and the wonderful costumes. All of this helped to deliver an amazing show.

The Liverpool University Student Theatre put on a fantastic performance that blew the audience away. If all their shows are like this one, going to see Made In Dagenham and Spitfire Grill in the coming semester is a must.

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