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Putting the show together at the Black Box

Woodbury Community Theatre’s production of “Putting It Together” open Friday at the Black Box Theater. “Putting It Together” is a musical revue of composer Stephen Sondheim’s work.

Woodbury Community Theatre is hoping it has all the right pieces for a successful show.

WCT’s fall musical, “Putting It Together,” opens Friday at the Black Box Theater and continues for three weekends.

“Putting It Together” is a musical revue, with a narrative, of composer Stephen Sondheim.

The show includes 30 songs from seven of Sondheim’s musicals including “Into the Woods,” which WCT performed last year, “Sweeny Todd,” “Company” and “Merrily We Roll Along.”

“They have chosen some of the best music he’s ever written,” director Lenore Weir said. “They won’t even recognize that they’ve heard the songs before because they’re done very differently.”

The narrative for “Putting It Together” takes place in a Manhattan penthouse at a party thrown by the married couple living there.

“The story is really about relationships,” Weir said. “It’s about marriage and the positives and negatives of married life.”

“Putting It Together” has a small cast of six.

Weir, who also directed “Into the Woods,” said she decided to do another Sondheim show for this year’s fall musical because he is without a doubt her favorite composer.

“If I could do one Sondheim every year I’d be happy,” she said. “But, he’s not as well known to the average person on the street.”

Weir said her favorite aspect of Sondheim’s musicals is their message.

“I like it because it’s not just light fluff,” she said. “He always has something to say, so he makes you think – you can’t just sit there and have it wash over you.

“If you sit and truly listen and pay attention to what he’s saying, it can hit you right in the heart.”

It’s because of Sondheim’s deep messages and emotions that Weir said “Putting It Together” will not be suitable for children.

“This show is not appropriate for little kids because they wouldn’t understand it for one thing,” she said. “(Sondheim’s) stuff is always edgy and there’s a lot of emotional conflict.”

Weir said “Putting It Together” has proved challenging for her since the show is continuous.

There aren’t any set changes or breaks, so there’s constant movement on stage, she said.

Weir said she is looking forward to seeing how the show comes together.

Audiences can expect a “splashy, sophisticated show,” she said.

Woodbury Community Theatre’s production of Stephen Sondheim’s “Putting It Together” will open at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11 in the Black Box Theater at East Ridge High School. Performances will also be at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 12, Oct. 18-19 and Oct. 25-26 and at 3 p.m. Oct. 13 and 20. Tickets are $14 for adults, $12 for seniors and $10 for students. For more information or to purchase tickets visit

Amber Kispert-Smith

Amber Kispert-Smith has been the schools and Afton reporter at the Woodbury Bulletin since 2008. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Minnesota. She previously worked as a reporter for Press Publications in White Bear Lake.

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