Into the Woods Production - “It doesn’t take two, it takes 33”
After eight months of rehearsal and preparation, Palmer’s production of Into the Woods by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine was a huge success. With seven shows in just five days, the cast and crew wowed audiences of all ages. It has been a while since Palmer has put on a musical, however, knowing the level of talent Palmer has, Ms. Buchanan knew she needed to take on the huge endeavour. “I am aware how much work musicals are but I know it will be more than worth it in the end,” she said. Anyone that saw the show would definitely agree. With hand painted book covers and trees framing the performers, the set was magnificent and transported the audience into the fairy tale world of Into the Woods. The cast and crew could not have been more perfect; each student poured their hearts into their roles and transformed themselves into their characters.
Beyond the performances and the success of the show, the true magic is in the experiences had by all the cast and crew. As the final show came to a close, almost all the students (including Ms. Buchanan) were in tears. The grade twelve students closed with amazing speeches recognizing their experiences in the theatre, acknowledging the role drama has played in their high school experience. Each and every person involved had an emotional investment in the production and found something unique and special in the process. Jancis Bautista, a grade twelve student (Narrator and the Mysterious Man) says, “It was a life changing experience. I made friends who I will never forget and learned to work as a team with them as well as encouraging each other to build up our own confidence and talents on stage and behind the scenes.” Jessica Spasic in grade nine (the Baker’s wife) agrees and adds that “the play helped [her] gain confidence”. Beyond the self-development aspect each person involved went through, the cast and crew became a family. Max Fernandez in grade nine (Jack) says, “Our cast and crew became a family, and Ms. B became our mama.” Megan Tolentino (Step-mother) adds, “we were all strangers in the beginning but once the story ended, we became a family”. Students and staff alike can’t wait for the next musical adventure put on by Palmer Productions. All things said and done, Stephen Sondheim said it best “We’ve changed, we’re thriving, we’re different in the woods."