Senior Musical: Into The Woods

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Cherie Moore, Robin Kelly and our own Laura-Beth Warne are back and are terrifically excited to be staging Stephen Sondheim’s Into The Woods for the Senior Musical later this term.

Featuring 50 students from Years 9 – 13, Into The Woods is based on the Grimms fairytales Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella, Rapunzel, and Jack and the Beanstalk. The story focuses around an original tale: The Baker and His Wife as they undo a spell placed on them by a neighbouring witch in order to have a child.

Into The Woods is a tale illustrating or challenging us to think about family and what we learn as children that in turn become the belief structures that guide us through the world in which we live.

Each of the characters in Into The Woods has a desire they wish to come true, but this dark story cautions us with what might happen after our dreams come true – what happens after happily ever after.

Following in the tradition of Seussical and The Wiz, Into The Woods is based on literary works featuring recognisable characters. There are thematic concepts that challenge students thinking and how they might see the world.

Our director, Cherie, has performed in a professional production in Dunedin, and for such a challenging work it is important the Creative Team have some practical knowledge of the production and its demands, so our cast are in good hands and again learning from active industry practitioners.

This year we are also including boys in the core cast. Five boys from Auckland Grammar School have been cast and will play the Baker, Cinderella’s Prince, and Rapunzel’s Prince. Almost all characters have been double-cast, so the opportunities for students to have named characters and make their mark is fantastic.

Into The Woods is a funny, clever, thought provoking and, at the same time, full of compassion. With lots of surprises in store, and only four performances (no matinees), you will want to be able to get your tickets when they go on sale at the end of May!

Into The Woods
Monday 1 July – Thursday 4 July
Clouston Hall, St Cuthbert’s College