STUDENTS from the University of Warwick will transport the young and young-at-heart back to their childhoods in their upcoming production of Into the Woods.
Following on from the successes of Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street and sell-out run of Guys and Dolls last year, Music Theatre Warwick will return to the Warwick Arts Centre next week with their latest show.
Our reporter, Lauren Clarke, was exclusively invited into rehearsals to see how the much-anticipated show is taking form.
The musical, which inspired the Academy Award-nominated film of the same name, tells the stories from the fairytales we all know and love, but, when a meddling witch has other ideas, the characters find their stories taking some unexpected turns.
The talented 28-strong cast bring Cinderella, Rapunzel, Prince Charming, Jack the giant-killer and the inhabitants of their magical world to life before audiences’ eyes.
Tom Slade and George Attwell Gerhards as Jack and The Baker, respectively, bring both touching, emotional rawness and moments of laugh-out-loud comedy to their stand-out performances.
Commendation should also go to Kitty Murdoch as The Witch and Stuart Nunn as Rapunzel’s Prince who are not to be missed in their show-stealing moments onstage.
Speaking to the show’s director, Matthew Young, he described Into the Woods as a “classic ‘be careful what you wish for’ story.”
He added: “Into the Woods draws everyone into that magical world everyone inhabited as children.
“The story brings these characters to life and gives them personality but this makes us question whether these fairytale characters are as perfect as everyone believes them to be.
“Funny, sad, charming and exciting, this production of Into the Woods will appeal to audiences of all ages.
“It is a clever take on the stories that everyone thinks they already know, and we all hope it will stay with people long after they leave the theatre.”
With impressive use of dance, puppetry and phenomenal vocals from these talented young performers, Music Theatre Warwick’s production of Into the Woods not only promises something for all the family, but a night at the theatre you will not quickly forget.
Into the Woods plays from Wednesday, February 18 until Saturday, February 21 at the Warwick arts Centre with tickets available from the box office, by calling 02476 524524, and online at www.warwickartscentre.co.uk
The production tells the story of what happens when our favourite fairytale characters see their stories changed before their eyes. s