Into the Woods

January 28 2016
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Into the Woods

“BE careful what you wish for” is the motto of this difficult piece of theatre but it was an absolute triumph for the Ivy Arts Youth Theatre last weekend.

The Durdham Downs based theatre group rose to the occasion with their magical performance of Stephen Sondheim’s “Into the Woods” at The Olympus Theatre in Filton.

Kelly Packer, Director of Ivy Arts, said: “From the outset, I knew that this musical would be the most challenging piece of musical theatre we would ever undertake. However, with a musical as clever and brilliant as “Into the Woods”, it is a risk worth taking.”

“Into the Woods” is a magical mix of the stories of Cinderella, Jack and the Beanstalk, Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel and a childless baker and his wife, who just happen to live next door to a witch. It is a complicated tale where what everyone thinks they want, happens to have a dark twist.

Kelly said: “Stephen Sondheim’s writing and music is not easy for the actors and he really makes you know your stuff. For such a young cast to cope with such a demanding score is testament to their talent. I take my hat off to them.”

The cast are aged between 13 and 19 years, and performed with a live 15piece orchestra conducted by Bristol University student, Harry HadenBrown.

 

Photos courtesy of Stewart McPherson