“Snapshots” at the Village Theatre

Stephen Schwartz in among Broadway’s most successful music creators. Among his smash hits are “Pippin,” “Godspell,” “Wicked,” and too many others to name here. So it’s not at all surprising the David Stern and Michael Scheman decided that it would be great to create a stage revue that included some of his best numbers.


The Cast of Snapshots © 2015 Tracy Martin.

It was a long process that finally culminated in “Snapshots,” the story of a twenty-year marriage, frayed at the seams and about to be tossed aside. In this production, Hugh Hastings, as Dan a clueless husband, surprises his wife Sue (Beth De Vries) when she’s up in the attic taking a final look around just before she leaves him. Her bag is packed; she’s ready to go, but his sudden and unexpected appearance slows things down, especially when they come across a box of old photographs.

The pictures refresh their memories, remind her of better times, all of which are played out by a younger cast assuming the roles of Sue and Dan in school, college, as young adults, and then as a young married couple. It’s an old story: girl meets boy; she falls in love with him; he’s oblivious; she wins him in the end. And now she’s going to leave him.

Here, tunes from no less than 12 of Schwartz’s musicals are incorporated into this tale that will please those who thought “The Bridges of Madison County” was a masterpiece. Though the story has the depth of a Hallmark greeting card, the music is stylish, the dance numbers are lively and clever, and the performances are good.

Staging is interesting and effective. Love letters and other missives appear on the attic walls, as if written there. The photographs that stir sentimental memories find their way onto those same walls, and the cast makes good use of the boxes, trunks, and various levels of the attic for their dancing.

The creative team has put together a clever recycle of musical parts. If you love Schwartz’s canon you’ll no doubt love this production. But it comes with more than a touch of schmaltz.

Through Oct. 18 at the Francis J. Gaudette Theatre, 303 Front St. N., Issaquah, (425 392-2202) and Oct. 23-Nov. 15 at Everett Performing Arts Center, 2710 Wetmore Ave., Everett (425 257-8600).

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