It is time once again for the spring musical at Kentridge High School. This tradition goes back over 40 years and the rich tradition of quality musical theatre is here at Kentridge. We are currently one of the most awarded high school programs in the state, as evaluated by the 5th Avenue Theatre High School Musical Theatre Awards Program. One reason for our success is that we have a strong audience base that supports our productions and allows us to have strong production values (sets, costumes, etc.) as well as popular and expensive shows. Without you, a program like ours would not be possible.
This spring we are presenting Into the Woods.
The concept that the production team has chosen is one that highlights the concept of what children are learning, because of the examples adults around them are offering. As it states in the show, “Be careful the things you say, children will listen. Be careful the things you do, children will see and learn.”
James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim take everyone’s favorite storybook characters and brings them together for a timeless, yet relevant, piece… and a rare modern classic. The Tony Award-winning book and score are both enchanting and touching. The story follows a Baker and his wife, who wish to have a child; Cinderella, who wishes to attend the King’s Festival; and Jack, who wishes his cow would give milk. When the Baker and his wife learn that they cannot have a child because of a Witch’s curse, the two set off on a journey to break the curse. Everyone’s wish is granted, but the consequences of their actions return to haunt them later with disastrous results.
One of Sondheim’s most popular works, Into the Woods is a musically sophisticated show with the opportunity to feature actors adept at dark comedy. Designers will especially enjoy highlighting the fantastical elements of this magical word.
The show runs May 1st-11th at Kentridge High School, and tickets may be purchased at www.showtix4u.com I hope to see you all at the show. Please continue to support the arts whenever you can. We need your help now more than ever.
Jennifer Grajewski, Artistic Director, KR Players and At the Ridge Theatre