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Into the Woods at The Shedley Theatre - Review

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Kings Baptist Grammar School
Kings Baptist Grammar School
Kings Baptist Grammar School presented their version of 'Into the Woods Junior', at The Shedley Theatre from May 5th until May 7th. Each year the students of Kings get together and produce a musical, previous years have included Hairspray, Thoroughly Modern Millie and High School Musical, just to name a few. The sales from tickets go to Cambodia to Kings Friendship Centre to help provide books and other learning materials to disadvantaged children.

Kings Friendship Centre was officially launched in September 2014 and since then students of Kings have been undertaking mission trips to Cambodia each year. The children at the centre are aged between 5 and 7 years and will be part of the program until they finish their senior schooling. Each student at Kings has a sponsor who provides nutritious food for the sponsor child of the Friendship Centre and their family. Not only are the students of Kings putting on a great production, but it's also for a great cause.

Into the Woods is Directed and Written by James Japine, with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondhiem. It brings multiple fairy-tales into one interlocking story. We discover during 'The Prologue' that each of the main characters has a wish, Cinderella (Casey Burgess) wishes to go to the Kings Festival, Jack (Zeke Gugliemucci/Liam McEvan) wishes his cow could given milk and the Baker (Jared Johnston/Lachlan McDonald) wishes his wife (Cara Andriani/Taylor Henderson) could have a child.

Kings Baptist Grammar School
All these stories get tangled when a witch (Madalynn Elliott/Chloe Van Der Vlag) tells the Baker (Johnston/McDonald) and his wife (Andriani/Henderson) that in order to break the curse and bear a child they need to collect four magical items for her and then she can remove the curse. They need to collect the cow as white as milk, the cape as red as blood, the hair as yellow as corn, and the slipper as pure as gold, therefore interlocking the stories of Little Red Riding Hood (Lily Horton-Stewart/Hannah Purser), Jack and The Beanstalk (Gugliemucci/McEvan), Rapunzel (Vanessa Crouch/Holly Bradshaw) and Cinderella (Burgess).

The production was a great representation of the 2014 movie of the same name. It featured beautiful sets, stunning costumes and talented actors. It was great to see a showcase of dance in this production from lyrical to tap and ballet, it shows dance is highly encouraged at this school and featured some highly talented students. It's hard to believe these children are still in school as they are well on their way to a future in the theatre industry. It was an incredible production and for such a good cause. 5/5 Stars, well done Kings Baptist Grammar School.

For more information on what Kings Baptist Grammar School do for Cambodia or to find out about the Friendship Centre go to
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Why? Musical Theatre
When: May 5th-7th
Where: Shedley Theatre
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