Huntington Beach High School's Academy for the Performing Arts has its own All-Star Game, and it's on stage through this weekend.
It's "Into the Woods," the Stephen Sondheim-James Lapine musical that takes our well-known fairy tale characters, dumps them into a huge cauldron, shakes them up and scatters them about the stage. Anything might happen, and generally does.
Tim Nelson, the show's director and musical director, has chosen the best and brightest of his past and present academy performers for this special production at Westminster's Rose Theater Center. He's also done a little shaking and scattering himself, as regards the script, which may leave more than a few heads scratched.
The talent is there, in abundance. And it takes more than singing or acting skill to do justice to Sondheim's show, which takes a circuitous route between "once upon a time" and "happily ever after." Particularly when the director pulls the plug shortly before the first-act curtain and re-inserts it about five minutes into the second act.