Musical to mark college’s 40th year
JOHN XXIII College’s drama students will take their audience on a memorable journey with the musical Into the Woods this month to celebrate the school’s 40th anniversary.
Long-serving teacher George Tsakisiris has been Head of Drama for more than half of the College’s history, with Into the Woods marking his 23rd production.
“This is the first time that we have produced a Stephen Sondheim musical,” Mr Tsakisiris said.
“He is one of the most acclaimed composers and his work is very challenging and sophisticated.
“It’s also the first time that we are doing a musical with English rather than American accents, and it is the most elaborately designed musical we’ve done.”
Into the Woods is a Brothers Grimm-inspired musical, which follows a baker and his wife
played by Year 12 students Sam Moloney and Mikayla Bargh, who wish to have a child, as well as Cinderella (Grace Fletcher) who wants go to the king’s festival, and Jack (David Stokes) who wishes his cow would give him milk.
When the baker and his wife are visited by a witch (Alice Chaney), who reveals to them that she placed a curse on their family, the pair set off on a journey into the woods to reverse the curse.
Also in the woods, the audience meets Little Red, the Wolf, the witch’s daughter Rapunzel, and the princes chasing after their loves.
The community must come together to save each other and their kingdom, but sacrifices must be made.
“This is very much an ensemble production that showcases some strong student actors who are also good singers,” Mr Tsakisiris said.
“We have been rehearsing since the start of the school year and other students are involved in the backstage crew, sound and lighting, make-up and band.”
The college will be holding its 40th anniversary ball on Saturday, October 21, appropriately themed ‘Dance Through the Decades’.
Both current parents and alumni will be treated to a night of great music, food and entertainment, weaving the story of our foundation from the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s to the present day.
Tickets are on sale from May 24 and can be bought from the college.
Students Grace Fletcher, David Stokes (with cow), Sam Moloney, Mikayla Bargh and Alice Chaney in a scene from the musical Into the Woods.