With a new year comes change, a chance to remake yourself and begin again. It is an opportunity at a fresh start, and this is no exception to the Paisley Players of Lake County. The Paisley Players have congregated together in order to achieve the impossible. A musical! This year’s production is jammed packed with surprising new features, including a new director, new technical equipment and a widely diverse cast in a performance of Stephen Sondheim’s “Into the Woods, Jr.”
Sondheim once said that “art, in itself, is an attempt to bring order out of chaos,” little did we know how literal he meant these words. This year the infamous Paisley Players have managed to accomplish this feat in their production of “Into the Woods, Jr.”
What starts as a lively irreverent fantasy, becomes a moving lesson about community responsibility and the stories we tell our children. As a childless Baker and his wife attempt to reverse a curse placed upon their home, other characters set out to achieve their own “happy ever after.” From a rapping Witch to a Mysterious Man with a dark secret, the audience falls in love with this action-packed and family friendly performance while they build an everlasting connection with the various characters they see being portrayed on stage.
Never-before-seen actors and actresses make powerful debut appearances alongside some of Paisley Players’ renowned stage veterans. Most of the musical numbers are well-choreographed, and the comedic incidents are performed with an obvious sense of timing. Overall, the 70 minute show does culminate in a sense of order from the initial, quick paced chaos of the opening scenes. With such variety and determination among the Paisley Players, this performance is guaranteed to win the hearts of its audience.
Public performances of “Into the Woods, Jr.” are Thursday, March 6, Friday, March 7, and Saturday, March 8 at 7 p.m. in the Paisley High School Auditorium. Tickets are available at the door or can be reserved in advance by calling Toni Bailie at 541-943-3174.