Sunday 18 November 2018

Into the Woods is a big hit in Bunclody

The cast of Into The Woods at FCJ Bunclody.
The cast of Into The Woods at FCJ Bunclody.

Esther Hayden

There was plenty of talent showcased at the FCJ's production of Stephen Sondheim's Into The Woods.

The production which is a darker, less idealistic take on the Disney fairy tales of yore featured a varied ensemble of characters, all connected by their common ambition; to see their wishes fulfilled, by whatever means necessary.

The story unfolded as Cinderella played by Ellen Hutt of Clonegal desperately wanted to attend the King's Festival, but is obstructed by her wicked stepmother and half-sisters.

Meanwhile Jack (Niall Kehoe, Marshalstown) wanted to travel the world and have adventures alongside his sole companion and confidante Milky-White, his cow, leaving his worried mother (Ciara Kinsella, Camolin) and his dreary homestead behind him.

The Baker (Niall Fogarty, Tullow) and his wife (Grace Kehoe, Marshalstown) must abide by the neighbouring witch's (Kate Power, Ballyrankin - winner of the Best Actress award at this year's All Ireland in Athlone) ambiguous agenda should they wish to have a child.

Finally, Little Red Riding Hood (Róisín Barry, Kildavin - winner of the Special Adjudicator's Award at the Athlone Festival in 2012) went to visit her isolated grandmother who lived deep in the woods and had an awful encounter with the Wolf (Daithi Medcalf, Enniscorthy).

All the characters discovered in time that their choices carry with them unforeseen and terrible consequences.

Under the expert guidance of producer, Tomás Earls, the 20 principal actors and huge chorus interpreted their characters and memorising lines. Musical director, Dale Hennessy and his musicians brought the tremendous score to life in seven thrilling performances, for both audiences and performers alike.

Gemma Grant did a wonderful job of integrating the choreography into the show while the costumes were done by Kay O'Connor and Stephanie O'Dwyer with many student helpers.

The set construction team, led by Daithi Flynn, Niall O Muiri and Gail Connolly supervised the set design, while past pupil Kevin McEvoy did a marvellous job with the lighting.

Other principal actors taking part in the dramatic production included: Brian Byrne, Myshall; Paraic Nolan, Bunclody; Sarah Kealy, Knockananna; William Dunne, Clohamon; Kate Wibbe, Hacketstown; Eimear Harrington, Clonegal; Chloe Kavanagh, Knockaree; Ben Kavanagh, Ballindaggin; Paulina Skiersinis, Bunclody; Leon Malone, Camolin; Paige Prinsloo, Bunclody and Emmanuel Njoku, Ferns.

Enniscorthy Guardian