In a dramatic departure from last year’s Death of a Salesman, this semester Caelan Mitchell-Bennett has teamed up with Just So to bring us Sondheim’s classic fairy-tale musical, Into the Woods. It’s a challenging show to take on, made up of interweaving plotlines (some more relevant than others) and two very disparate halves. It’s a credit to Mitchell-Bennett’s talent and versatility, and that of his team, that they pulled off such a greatly enjoyable performance.
I was undeniably nervous about seeing A Crown of Laurels, the second original musical from the creative partnership of Lavie Rabinovitz and Ryan Hay. The show had been careful to emphasize in its publicity that plot themes revolved around sexual assault, and the atmosphere pervading the audience as we assumed our seats was a kind of subdued intrigue – as it should be. I was happy to realize that the show was to be performed in the round; a tough ask for a two-hander, but one that the musical’s leads tackled with energetic aplomb.
It would be difficult to overstate how excited I was to hear that Little Women would be the Just So freshers’ production. This is one of the most underrated musicals of all time: a quirky, irresistibly heartfelt adaptation of Alcott’s classic novel packed with songs you’ll keep singing for weeks.
Just So Society’s production of the classic musical Sweet Charity was performed with verve, vivacity and confidence. Director Hanna Lawson has brought to life a complex set of moving parts in a bold, brash, joyous show that didn’t take itself too seriously and set a smile on every spectator’s face.
New academic year, new exercise routine. We’ll all probably end up failing but for now we’ve actually been going to the gym or on a run at least a little bit regularly. Or maybe you kept fit during summer and are starting to descend down the dark hole of essay comfort food. Either way, everyone knows that in order to get going, you need a suitably peppy playlist. And what’s more peppy than a few showtunes? If you’re looking for an upbeat, motivational, and sometimes cringingly happy mix of songs from your favourite musicals, look no further.
Widely advertised as the Just So society’s first show in the reopened Byre and with a team of well-known figures in the St Andrews’ musical theatre scene, The Last Five Years had a lot to live up to on its opening night.