Truro High School for Girls head Into the Woods
The cast of fabled characters were aged from 8 to 18 and from both the Prep and Senior schools.
Year 10 Lucy Peek who played Cinderella said: “As a keen singer, I was very excited to have the chance to perform a beautiful score alongside such an interesting story. ‘Into the Woods’ seems to be a lot about growing up and playing Cinderella, I loved the way that she developed from a prissy stereotype into a mature woman with strength, candour and the confidence to demand respect. She definitely has qualities lots of girls should aspire to.”
The role of the Baker was played by Year 11 Savannah Hall, the Baker’s Wife by Year 9 Megan Williams, the Witch by Year 9 Amy Fisher and Little Red Riding Hood by Year 8 Lucy Mitten. The roles of Jack and Jack’s Mother by Charlotte Rutherfoord and Helena Jones who are also in Year 9. The musical’s enigmatic Wolf was played by Year 12 Emily Elwell-Deighton.
The girls were joined by local students Cameron Hughes and Luke Richardson who played the roles of the Princes.
Backstage, pupils had been hard at work designing and making enchanting set pieces to bring this magical world of fractured fairy tales to life. Larger than life storybooks constructed in the school’s Art department set the stage as the musical’s spellbinding characters leapt off their pages.
From sumptuous ball gowns to fur trimmed capes the school’s A level students had also created bewitching costumes for the cast.
“’Into the Woods,’ is a story about stories and the truths that we tell one another. It’s been a whole school effort on and off stage and the results speak for themselves. Sondheim’s darkly twisted musical masterpiece is an ambitious, complex show. Our pupils were professional, slick and confident – a testament to their talent and maturity. They have shown their usual dedication in all aspects of the show with girls of all ages acting as everything from lead parts and chorus to backstage runners and directors,” said Head of Drama Ian Tutin who directed the production.
“At Truro High, our girls are keen to explore the arts alongside academic endeavours. To do so is essential for the healthy, balanced development and we encourage our pupils to think creatively, use their imaginations and express themselves freely.”
In addition to offering GCSE and A level Drama, Truro High School offer LAMDA lessons, dance tuition, drama clubs and a major production each year giving pupils plenty of opportunities outside of the classroom to explore their talent in all aspects of the theatre.
Recent school productions have included The Importance of Being Earnest, The Wizard of Oz, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, & Oliver.