Ipswich School stages Into the Woods musical

Ipswich School pupils performed Sondheim’s musical Into the Woods on stage last week.

No ordinary fairy tale, the musical follows some of our favourite characters as they try to make their wishes come true, involving a perilous journey into the woods to try and reverse a witch’s curse.  And while the wishes are granted, it doesn’t necessarily spell a happily ever after ending.

Pupils from Years 10 to 13 at the school were involved in all aspects of the show, providing the live music in the band and the technical crew, as well as being on stage performing.

Director Lindsey Ward, Ipswich School’s Head of Drama, said: “Preparing for such a big production was an amazing journey for all concerned.  Sondheim is notoriously difficult, but the pupils embraced the challenge wholeheartedly."

The show took place on Thursday 1 December and Friday 2 December in Great School. The performance space and front of house was transformed into a wooded wonderland thanks to Botanica, based in Campsea Ashe near Woodbridge.

Into the Woods is just one of many productions produced each year by the Drama Department at Ipswich School.  Pupils can study GCSE Drama and A Level Drama and Theatre Studies at the school.

Photo credits: Mike Kwasniak

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INTO THE WOODS. Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, Book by James Lapine. Originally Directed on Broadway by James Lapine. Orchestrations by Jonathan Tunick. This amateur production is presented by arrangement with Josef Weinberger Ltd. on behalf of Music Theatre International of New York.

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