This year’s Senior School production at King’s Rochester was an adaptation of Stephen Sondheim’s “Into the Woods”. Performances took place over three nights in March 2017 and delighted audiences both young and old.
Auditions took place just before Christmas last year and after months of exhausting rehearsals including weekends and evenings, this year's company delivered an enthralling set of performances in School Hall, which was turned into a dark forest including real trees, foliage and dirt.
Featuring a collection of fairy tale characters, each with their own questionable morals and intentions, the musical tells of the events leading up to and after the stories we all know and love, with characters including the beautiful Cinderella, an enchantingly evil Witch, a cautious Baker and a stroppy Red Riding Hood supported by a hilarious Dairy Cow, a double entendre spouting Wolf and two fabulous Dames. The students united as a troupe to entertain and amaze the packed hall each and every night.
The performances at King’s Rochester featured live music, dance and incredible lighting and sound provided by the Tech-Soc team, the costumes were entrusted to the performers direct from The National Theatre and the Live Orchestra featured two former students, Kieran Lamb who was recently awarded two scholarships at Magdalen College, Oxford and Sam Hall who is the Children’s Musical Director and Rock Coach for acclaimed West End show ‘School of Rock’. Both men kindly gave up their spare time to support the performers.
Mr McIlwraith, Director of Music at King’s Rochester had these kind words to say after the final performance “Congratulations to the cast and crew for a magnificent performance of Into the Woods! Months of hard work paid off and the cast and crew coped admirably with the huge challenges of such an intricate work. Thanks to all who supported the show by coming to watch it and also to the staff who helped out front of house and behind the scenes. A particularly warm thanks to Mrs Kite and Mrs Roughly who spent a huge amount of time organising the costumes for the show”
Audiences wholly enjoyed the “outstanding performance” with compliments pouring in such as “Stunning production!!! Funny, sad, thought provoking and way better than the film!! My six year old was transported”.
An intricate performance which weaves many stories into one, the musical debuted in 1986 and has been a staple of West End and Broadway Theatre ever since. A recent film version staring James Corden and Anna Kendrick was released in 2014.