By Kathy Carpenter
October 27, 2016 (La Mesa) - Please support your local high schools. These are the entertainers of the future. High school arts are the building blocks. There is nothing like a full audience to inspire confidence and help them give their best performances.
Into the Woods is a difficult play, especially the lyrical rhythmic songs. Although a play with a large cast is good for high school, I loved watching the cast of 19 come together and give their all to take us on a journey of life messages. Four fairy tales (Jack and the Beanstalk, Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, and Rapunzel) blend together to show us how the paths we take through life and the choices we make influence everything we do, and how we may have to return to the same place to learn the right lesson.
The acting these students put forth entertain and show promise of wonderful futures, whatever life puts in their roads. For me, Stella Mae Coleman lit up the stage. This was her first show even though is a senior. She played the baker's wife as if she was a veteran, and she had a wonderful voice. Tia White, shone in her role as Jack's Mom. Janessa Provance played Little Red Riding Hood, doing a fabulous job. Bryce Phipps was great as Jack.. Actually, all the acting was top notch for high school.
My favorite song for this play was "No One is Alone"; Cinderella singing to Little Red Riding Hood. Cinderella's music is always so difficult and her voice never has a chance to shine until this song.
Come out to support the Hiller players this weekend and let them teach you some life lessons as they entertain you.