The Secret goes ‘Into the Woods,’ and into Woodside | qboro: Arts, Tradition & Residing

At prolonged previous, the thriller is out!

Actually, in terms of an individual of Queens’ most treasured theaters, it could be extra correct to say, “The Resolution is again!”

Following greater than a dozen a few years in operation, The Secret Theatre, whose smaller-scale knowledgeable productions drew audiences to its black field dwelling in Intensive Island Metropolis, launched down its ultimate curtain and turned off its previous highlight nearly 18 months prior to now, carried out in by the Covid-19 pandemic.

However now it has reopened, with a brand new output of “Into the Woods Jr.,” at a brand new spot in a brand new neighborhood — and that satisfies founder and inventive director Richard Mazda simply nice.

“We wish to assist kickstart the theater scene in Queens,” he talked about in a latest cellphone job interview. “That is my contribution to serving to New York get again on the scene.”

Mazda admits that he recognized the earlier calendar yr and a fifty % “very traumatic and miserable,” suggesting that he “felt the wish to assist rebuild. It will possibly now transpire.”

And with “Woods,” The Secet’s first supplying at its new space, at 38-02 61 St. in Woodside, managing by Sept. 26, it’s constructive to fill its seats with reliable returnees along with an entire new expertise of theatergoers. In fact, Mazda, claimed, 4 of the first 5 showings have been offered out.

The show, with tunes and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and a reserve by James Lapine, to begin with strike Broadway in 1987, the place by it formulated legions of devoted followers. The plot requires many storybook folks — each of these acquainted and new — on their journeys of improvement and self-discovery.

Merely name it an grownup fairy story, if you’ll, 1 that merges Cinderella, Rapunzel, Jack (of Beanstalk fame), Little Pink Ridinghood, amongst different time-analyzed heroes and heroines, with a newly designed pair, a Baker and his Spouse, who fall lower than the evil spell of a depraved Witch.

The early part of the current is light-weight-hearted, however that temper shifts shortly ample to a considerably darker one as the story progresses.

Furthermore the lilting title music, the ranking consists of quite a lot of which have grow to be small requirements, amid them “No One Is Alone” and “Youngsters Will Pay attention.”

The present’s info, probably further correct now than ever proper earlier than, is that solely by sticking collectively can mankind defeat the massive highway blocks on the planet. How correct that that is the current Mazda went with to supply his theater again once more to existence.

The solid is made up primarily of younger thespians who attend the theater’s academy, a educating floor for gifted performers, a few of whom aspire to expert occupations on section — therefore the “Jr.” tag within the title.

Mazda credit the youngsters with encouraging to select the exhibit, saying they constructed suggestions that led to the final word choice. “We glimpse for reveals which might be satisfying for younger kids,” he mentioned.

And, Mazda is speedy to degree out, “We usually do a talented degree current every particular person yr” with the scholar actors. Audiences, he further, “aren’t anticipated to decreased their expectations as a result of truth they’re kids.”

The era is directed and choreographed by Samantha Sayah, who additionally serves as musical director. In accordance to Mazda, she is “massively happy” by her strong, who had found their items forward of rehearsals began on Aug. 26. They’re “nearly seasoned execs,” Mazda mentioned, indicating that some have been with the academy for six or seven a long time beforehand.

Mazda cellphone calls the reopening of the theater “section only one,” which offers for a 60-seat potential. “We’d bump that as much as 99 afterwards,” he said. Choices are at the moment underway for up coming spring’s academy era, the musical “Hairspray.”

Tickets for “Woods,” which runs by way of Sunday, are $25 for older folks and $15 for teenagers beneath 16. Viewers prospects, alongside with all the solid and crew, must be vaccinated. Proof will probably be checked on the door.

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