Stephen Sondheim’s ‘Into the Woods’ marks the 10th anniversary of the Edinburgh Playhouse’s flagship Stage Experience youth project. This year will see a new creative team led by acclaimed West End performer and director Peter Corry, who returns to the Edinburgh Playhouse having played ‘Inspector Javert’ in 1993’s original record-breaking production of Les Misérables.
Stage Experience is very much the flagship of our creative learning programme and a huge chance for young people aged 11 – 24 to get involved. According producer Adam Knight, “stage experience is about learning. It’s an opportunity to push yourself, to stretch yourself, and challenge yourself by doing something you might not be too confident about doing. It’s all about building self-belief and confidence. That is the important aim.”
Stage Experience attracts have a phenomenally talented bunch of youngsters to audition every year and this year being the tenth anniversary, seemed like a great opportunity to tackle this ambitious project. This year sees the introduction of a new production team, led by Peter Corry who will bring Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s Into The Woods to life. Joining Corry to ensure each member of the cast shines are musical director Matthew Reeve (whose previous productions include Cabaret) and choreographer Louise Ferrier, who is no stranger to Stage Experience, having been the assistant choreographer on last year’s show.
Corry aims to put a modern twist on the fairy tales of the Brothers Grimm, Into The Woods which tells the story of a once-beautiful witch, and a childless baker and his wife. Into the Woods runs from the July 31 to 1 August 1 at the Edinburgh Playhouse.