Venue: Royal Northern College Of Music Where: Manchester
Into the Woods (music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by James Lapine) links classic fairly tales to illustrate the disappointment of wishes fulfilled and the joys of straying from the safe path. Students of the RNCM take an ambitious approach and not only act and sing but also perform as an orchestra. If the stage were bigger they’d probably dance as well.
Imaginative direction from Lea and Jonathan Ainscough overcome the limitations imposed by a small budget and the intimate venue. All of the cast contribute to the action of the musical even when off-stage performing as part of the orchestra. Designer Katherine Wilde uses simple shadows cast on a screen to create an effective giant.
This display of the talents available at the RNCM makes you hope that their first student production will not be their last.