Funny Philemon Wright musical makes a mesh of happy endings

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by admin on April 29, 2011

Philemon Wright High School students added a dose of their own magical charm to this year’s musical.

Princes sporting big egos and blue-steel facial expressions, a forest of people bedecked in birds and leaves and a dazzling set design make the high school’s rendition of “Into the Woods” a funny fairy-tale spectacle.

Jean Pavey of Rupert returned this year as the witch with a mean cackle and manipulative swagger. Chelsea resident Abbi Loomis was convincing as a naive Little Red Riding Hood.

But in fairy tales, the happily ever after notion never happens without a challenge.

And Philemon Wright students had to deal with a tricky musical score and overlapping singing roles on top of an already confusing play. The fairy tales mesh together, as characters interfere with each other’s happy endings.

No doubt it was one of the school’s most difficult performances.

But with co-directors Phil Holmes and comeback retiree Wendy Glover at the helm, the students made it work and finished with a strong musical ending.

“Into the Woods” continues its run April 29 and April 30 at 7:30 p.m., with an added  matinee performance Saturday at 2 p.m.. Tickets are $8 for students and $12 for adults.

This musical is also a Cappies contender. Students in Ottawa’s “Critics and Awards Program” can write high-school play reviews, have their reviews published in local newspapers and attend shows at other schools.

A group of student critics vote for awards that will be presented at a gala in June.

The nominations will be announced May 9.