Those familiar with the 2014 Disney Movie should immediately be interested in this local stage production of Into The Woods, which the Belvoir Players give a few of their own inspired twists.
This Brothers Grimm inspired story was the perfect vehicle for a talented cast to showcase their abilities, writes Daniel May.
My biggest fear was for Ellie Henderson, performing Stay With Me following in the footsteps of Oscar winner and icon Meryl Streep, but Ellie did it and herself justice.
Ben McDaid who played Jack was great and his comedic timing was impeccable. There was another fantastic performance from Amy Clarkson as the Evil Stepmother alongside Arden Armstrong and Laura Dumigan as the Ugly Sisters.
Some actors need a special mention – Little Red Ellen Whitehead was fantastic – I was so impressed with her stage presence, acting, facial expressions and voice.
Tom O’Kelly as Wolf had me in kinks with his performance, such a character actor. The Baker Kyle Emerson and his wife Jenny Coates gave a great performance with natural chemistry from the get go. Kyle’s use of emotion and Jenny’s comedy factor really added to the show
Cinderella Rachael Kerr had the most perfect and sweetest voice I have heard in a while and it was privilege listening. Georgie Harld-Moss (Rapunzel) was another with a lovely voice such operatic tones with a comedic persona at times which added humour.
The Princes Joshua Martin & Russell Dickson worked fantastically together – their attitude and bravado would make anyone believe they were brothers, in constant competition – their song ‘Agony’ had the auditorium it an uproar.
Brendan Mageean as the Narrator was a strong and much needed role. He held the story together and delivered it with such poise. It was also noticeable that changing between characters did not phase him.
Others on stage were Amy Cahoon (Snow White), Lucy Mcilwaine (Granny), Chantelle McAteer (Sleeping Beauty), Alex McKelvey (Stewart), Will Moss (Cinderella’s Father) and the only actor not on stage was Emily Olive Boyd who provided the voice of the Giant. Congratulations to all.
My favourite scene was ‘Giants In The Sky’ led by Jack which featured great movement throughout by the cast and ensemble.
The production team and cast should be extremely pleased with the success of the opening night. I was shocked when it transpired the entire production was orchestrated in merely one week under director/choreographer Dean Johnston with musical direction from Adam Darcy.
With only three performances remaining I hope people will go see this great show and support the fantastic cast
Tickets are £10 (concession £8) and can be purchased from the belvoirplayers.org or you can call 028 9049 1210.