‘Into The Woods JR’ Kinetic Theatre Arts – Review

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A review of ‘Into The Woods JR’ for Kinetic Theatre Arts #AD #Gifted

Yesterday I had the privilege of reviewing ‘Into The Woods JR’ for Kinetic Theatre Arts. I have watched Into The Woods, which stars Emily Blunt, James Corden and Anna Kendrick a few years ago but I have never seen it on stage.

Kinetic Youth has intricately woven darkened threads of familiar fairy-tale stories, via the use of physical theatre, into the plot of ‘Into The Woods.’

This heartfelt musical follows the classic tales of Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, and Rapunzel. The stories are all tied together by an original story involving a baker and his wife. The baker and his wife long to have a child but a curse has been put on them by and evil witch.

I will admit I was a little late attending this performance. I missed the opening scene, however, this wasn’t a problem as I had seen the movie.

The stage was dark as I took my seat and then suddenly flashes of light began to light the stage. In between the darkness and the light, I could make out hooded figures. This was a little spooky and very suspenseful, perfect for the dark tale that was being performed.

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In fact, the stage lighting throughout the whole performance was spot on thanks to lighting designer, Kieren Rankin.

The young performers of the day were brilliant. As my readers are aware, I have been writing reviews for Kinetic for a few years. Each year these talented actors become more confident, their acting and signing abilities are very clearly improved, and that is all thanks to the Kinetic directors, Kris Crowley, Emma Pawsey and Liz York.

I was very impressed by Lexi Ricketts, who portrayed The Witch. At only 12 years old, I could not believe the amount of talent Lexi has! Her confidence and singing voice, quite simply blew me away! In fact my favourite song of the performance was Last Midnight.

Ffion Morris and Sam Walters who portrayed the Baker and Bakers Wife were, as always, brilliant. The young actors oozed confidence and Ffion sang beautifully.

Evie Walters who portrayed Little Red Riding Hood, had the audience in the palm of her hand. At only 10 year’s old, Evie has a singing voice beyond her years. Her stage presence is magical.

Ben Paige who portrayed Rapunzel’s Prince, has grown as an actor since the last performance I watched him in. Again, like Evie, his singing ability is far beyond his years and he took me by surprise!

Theo Birch, who portrayed Jack was very talented. Theo, along with Tilly Birch, added a cute factor to the performance. The audience simply loved the youngest star of the show, Tilly, as she played the little cow, Milky White.

I could go on and on about how amazingly talented the cast of ‘Into The Woods JR’ were. The cast and assemble should all be very proud of themselves. Music, stage direction and stage presence was on form! I was blown away!

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Well done Kinetic Theatre Arts, you did it again!!

If you are looking for a theatre school for your child, please visit, Kinetic Theatre Arts – http://www.kinetictheatrearts.com/ The first session is completely free.

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