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Drama at Christmas

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Following a difficult postponement due to COVID, the Canford Drama department were delighted to finally be able to perform the annual School Musical over three nights in the final week of term. The Layard Theatre stage was transformed into the setting for the Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine musical, Into the Woods, where the popular tales of Red Riding Hood, Jack (of Beanstalk fame), Cinderella and Rapunzel are interwoven with that of the Baker and his Wife and their quest to have a child. However, this re-telling goes beyond ‘happily ever after’ as familiar characters find themselves in unfamiliar circumstances and hopes and dreams are questioned and revisited.

Alongside outstanding performances on stage by pupils from all age groups, the cast was supported by a band of pupil musicians. The technical team was also pupil-led, with set design by the Canford resident Layard production team.

In addition to Into the Woods, audiences were also treated to the Canford Christmas Pantomime, Left Out of the Woods, with many taking up the opportunity to watch both the musical and pantomime in the same evening!

The pantomime was written and co-directed by Upper Sixth pupil Rosie Parkin. It followed the story of the fairy-tale characters who didn't quite make the cut of the 'Into the Woods' script. It provided some welcome end of term fun, laughter and ridiculous costumes too!

Many congratulations to everyone involved in these memorable Canford productions.

To view photographs from the productions, please visit Into the Woods and Left Out of the Woods on our media site.