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Briarwood one-act team participates in region competition

Briarwood students in the high school chorus class sang and acted their way through a clever play that combines four classic fairy tales into a unique one-act musical.

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Seth Williford sings as Jason Dunham looks on.

Based on the full-scale Broadway show, the Briarwood students performed a shorter version of Stephen Sondheim's Into the Woods at regional competition at Augusta State University Tuesday.

Briarwood came in second in the competition, meaning the cast will move on to the state competition at Middle Georgia College on Nov. 18.

Presenting the mixed up tale that begins in classic fashion with "Once Upon a Time," the students performed stories of Cinderella, Rapunzel, Jack and the Beanstalk and Little Red Ridinghood all intermixed with the tale of a baker and his wife who longed to start a family.

"The fairy tale characters are fun for the students to do. They are having a great time," said Director Jeanie Joesbury as the actors presented a dress rehearsal to the school's student body Monday afternoon.

Narrator Joseph Baldwin -- who picked up the award for best actor at the region competition Tuesday -- kept the story line straight for viewers through clear, precise explanations, and found time to squeeze in a cameo appearance as The Mysterious Man.

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Wendi Wilson sings at the beginning of the one-act play.

"I enjoyed the part of narrator. I was able to link the stories together for the audience," he said.

Davis Griffin, who portrayed The Baker, appreciated the flexibility of the part which included a range of emotion, some singing and some witty lines.

"He's a funny part to play. You can go as far as you want with it," he said.

As Cinderella, a young girl who wants to attend the King's Festival but must do chores for her cruel stepmother, Wendi Wilson sang solos and other numbers but liked most the action of her character.

"I enjoyed all the running and the moving," she said, predicting the cast would have plenty of energy at the opening Tuesday.

"We've been working well together," she said of the close knit group.

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Joseph Baldwin plays the narraror and other parts in the play.

At Tuesday's region competition, Wendi won the best actress award.

The Briarwood actors wove an interesting and colorful story of some classic fairy tale characters who pursued their goals by going into the woods and facing up to such dangers as the evil but funny witch and the big bad wolf.

Ivey Thrift played the part of the domineering witch who holds the key to everyone's dilemma. She sends the other characters on a mission to gather particular ingredients for a magic potion, and during their quest their paths cross and their stories intertwine.

Eventually, the characters find resolutions and, like all good fairy tales, the story ends happily ever after.


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The cast poses for a picture following a performance Monday.




Web posted on Thursday, November 11, 2004


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