Letter: Out of the Valley and ‘Into the Woods’ | PostIndependent.com

Letter: Out of the Valley and ‘Into the Woods’

Many say that community theater is best at reaching the average citizen and family. Certainly, when the cast features a collection of some of our valley’s most talented young adults, it can be magical.

This week Carbondale’s SoL Theatre concludes its production of “Into the Woods,” the fantasy musical featuring the music and lyrics of Stephen Sondheim and book by James Lapine. Fairy tales collide when Cinderella, Rapunzel, Jack and the Beanstalk and Little Red Riding Hood are tied together by a baker and his wife and their quest to begin a family.

We’ve had the fortune to witness these young adults work hard and for long hours learning how to develop their characters, not just on stage but off stage as well. Also impressive is the team behind the curtain — director Dani Grace Kopf, set and costume designers, the sound and light crew — which is made up mostly of parents, siblings, neighbors, and friends. It’s a true community production, and it’s electrifying.

Come see what the all fuss is about.

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