Into the Woods is the 2019 musical for The Ridgeway Campus, opening in early March with performances running over four days. This production will have the largest cast and crew ever, drawing students from Years 7 – 12 and promises to be a big, bold, beautiful show that brings to life many well-known fairy tales exploring the consequences of the characters' wishes and quests.
As you can imagine a production of this scale and calibre requires months and months of preparation with many hours spent behind the scenes bringing all the elements of the show together. From costume designers to set-builders, actors and musicians a production like this takes many hours of groundwork. Recently, we caught up with some of the cast to find out how they are going developing their characters, the main themes of the show, and what audiences can expect.
Little Red Riding Hood played by Year 11 student Amy Tapp
I’m a very energetic person, and I have had lots of experience with performance and dance in the past, so I can put these into my character of Little Red Riding Hood who is a feisty, energetic and somewhat naive girl. Into the Woods is mainly about human lives and emotions and it focuses a lot on people making, sometimes hard, decisions. This show is very important to me and is a big commitment/part of my life. This is my first principal role and I am loving it a lot.
The Baker played by Year 11 student Jack Neesham
I think this musical is about going through life and the challenges that come with it, especially with children, it also looks at how we react when faced with tough choices. To me, this show opens a path for me to express a very realistic character and it helps me decide what kind of choices I should make in my future. I really enjoy acting in general and this opportunity to be one of the principal roles in the musical has been the highlight of my year.
The Witch played by Year 12 student Angelina Sevastopoulos
I'd like to think that I bring elements of my personality that align with those of the Witch to my interpretation of the character. On the surface she is a very strong, independent, pragmatic woman who won't hesitate to call out the facts, and be what some would define as 'brutally honest'. But on a deeper level, the Witch is someone who has been toughened by her experiences in life, yet has very powerful emotions, and her family and her freedom mean everything to her. Once these are taken away from her, we see a major shift in our perception of the Witch. Although they are heightened in the Witch's character, I think I share many of these qualities with her, and through that I've created a real connection to my character, and hope to show both of these sides of her to the audience when we bring Into the Woods to life.
Venue: Buckley Hall, Ivanhoe Grammar School. Please note that there will be reserved seating; guests can select their seats as they make their booking, either downstairs in the Auditorium or upstairs in the Gallery. Disabled seating is available in row O, seats 6 - 11.
You will be required to present your tickets on your mobile or to print your tickets and bring them along to the performance to ensure you are directed to the correct seats.
Dates: Wednesday 6 March at 7.30pm, Thursday 7 March at 7.30pm, Friday 8 March at 7.30pm and Saturday 9 March at 2.00pm.
Tickets: Adult $35, Student/Concession $25.