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THEATRE PREVIEW
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I g h t h a m
a w a r d - w i n n i n g
Just a
moment in
the woods
John Morrison watches a
Sevenoaks drama group test its
magic powers on one of Stephen
Sondheim’s classic musicals
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nce Upon A Time In A Far Off you’re singing.” Musically taken. sorry, we’re fully-booked on Christmas Day.
Kingdom…the first line of Into The musical director Alastair Cameron is happy with sophisticated: Keith
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Woods opens a familiar door into the the results: “It’s enormously technically demanding Neville returns this month Tel: 0 0
world of childhood fairy tales. But compared to most other shows. We are very lucky that to direct the Stag Theatre regional Winners, Archant London 2008 Food Awards: Best Bistro pub & Best Gastro pub
stephen sondheim’s musical, now being the cast we’ve got are very good. It’s about as tricky as Company’s production
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rehearsed by the stag Theatre Company you get, but that’s half the fun, really.” he explains what of Stephen Sondheim’s
for an eagerly awaited run in sevenoaks, makes this show different: “An awful lot of shows are Broadway Classic into The
delivers so much more. It’s a musically sophisticated quite simplistic – you have a selection of nice little songs Woods, staring (from left)
piece for adults about the moral complexities of life. It’s with a story to hold them together. One song, a bit of Mary Whiting (Little Red
a difficult work for an amateur cast of 19 but if anyone dialogue, and then it’s time for another song. Whereas Riding Hood), Tony McEwen
in sevenoaks has magical powers, it’s the stag Theatre here the music is almost continuous. And it’s accessible.” (Cinderella’s Prince), Jamie
Company, who staged another Broadway classic, A Alexandra Grist, who has sung leading vocal roles Thomas (the Baker) and
the harrow
Chorus Line, last year. in shows such as Me And My Nichola Ross (Cinderella)
Anna Wood, playing Girl and Oliver! says the timing (inset) Musical director
a t h a d l o w
Cinderella’s wicked stepmother, demands huge concentration: Alastair Cameron
takes a break from sunday “You don’t realise you are
rehearsal to explain how singing in the right place until
sondheim takes everyone out three or four bars into a phrase,
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of their musical comfort zone: then you get a chord and you
“It’s not like straightforward realise your timing is in or behind The George & Dragon.
rodgers and hammerstein completely out. everybody has
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count, you’ve got to know it enough when you’re just saying
into the Woods
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inside out and back to front. lines. But to have that musically
is supported by
changing menu in the light, airy, conservatory-style
I have a recording at home as well!”
Sevenoaks District
which I can sing along with, Director Keith Neville, an
Arts Council and runs
restaurant. Bar snacks and traditional Sunday
but when it actually comes to experienced hand at producing from 21–25 October
rehearsals, just with a piano, sondheim, says the strength
at 7.30pm in the Ship
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you realise how difficult the music is. In a lot of the of the show is in the characterisation. “It’s definitely
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music, what is going on underneath is not actually what quite far from your standard fairy tale. It’s about the
Hall School, Sevenoaks.
complexities of wants and desires in life. None of the
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characters achieve what they want to achieve.”

It’s definitely quite far from What starts with a number of well-known characters
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your standard fairy tale. it’s
such as red riding hood, Cinderella and rapunzel
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turns into a very adult exploration of emotions such as
being taken
about the complexities of
jealousy, pain, fear and bereavement. The characters
wants and desires in life. none
achieve what they have wished for, but they don’t go on
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of the characters achieve
to live happily ever after. The closing lines remind us

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that life is more than a fairy tale: v view all the
what they want to achieve
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Careful the wish you make – wishes come true
forthcoming theatre
Careful the spell you cast – sometimes the spell may last
events in Sevenoaks...
KEITH NEVIllE, DIRECTOR
Careful the tale you tell – children will listen
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