Our family had a 'serendipity' moment of sorts
and decided to head down to Cedar City
to attend a play at the Utah Shakespeare Festival.
We love this venue having attended many times over the years.
One of our all-time favorite musicals
Stephen Sondheim's Into the Woods was the draw.
We took our oldest daughter Court to the Broadway
touring production when she was younger
and it made a deep impression on her.
stage photos from bard.org
The show uses famous fairytale characters to impart
powerful and valuable lessons.
Sondheim is a genius composer and lyricist.
"Do not put your faith in a cape and a hood.
They will not protect you the way that they should.
And take extra care with strangers,
Even flowers have their dangers,
And though scary is exciting,
Nice is different than good."
Brian Vaughn and his wife Melinda Pfundstein
played the Baker and his wife.
They are 'staples' at the festival and we have enjoyed
their performances over the years.
In last year's outstanding 'Les Miz' they portrayed
Javaire and Fantene respectively.
Brian is one of the artistic directors for the festival.
"Running away, let's do it,
Free from the ties that bind,
No more despair
Or burdens to bear
Out there in the yonder."
Cinderella and Rapunzel's princes were appropriately over-the-top!
Their 'Agony' number was a show-stopper.
"Sometimes people leave you
Halfway through the wood.
Others may deceive you,
You decide what's good.
You decide alone,
But no one is alone."
If you've never attended the festival, I highly recommend.
You don't have to be a Shakespeare lover.
There is something for everyone.
Though Shakespeare is their forte,
we have attended dramas, comedies and musicals
which are offered along with classic Shakespeare.
And even these two felt it was worth singing about.