Teenagers vow the show must go on – despite losing their stage

St Athony's actors.
St Athony's actors.
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They might not have a stage but teenagers at a city school knew the show must go on.

Due to building work the young people at St Anthony’s Girls’ Catholic Academy in Sunderland didn’t have a stage, or even a school hall, to put on their annual musical production.

St Anthony's actors.

St Anthony's actors.

But the students were not going to let that stop them and this week they are staging a summer show in the city’s Royalty Theatre.

Extensive re-development of the Thornholme Terrace academy site will provide a new state-of-the-art performance space later this year.

But until then, the students have to embrace the challenge of going on tour and performing Stephen Sondheim’s Into the Woods at the Royalty Theatre.

With some complex melodies – and a very tangled plot – the award-winning musical, recently made into a Disney film, follows the adventures of a baker and his wife, a witch and the fairy tale characters of Cinderella, Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel and Jack as they journey Into the Woods.

St Anthony's actors.

St Anthony's actors.

Director and teacher, Jo Duncan, said the cast, made up of students from Years 7 to 13, rehearsed twice a week since September and students were involved in creating the set, costumes and props.

She said: “We’re incredibly proud of the way the girls have risen to the challenge of putting on such a demanding show in such unusual circumstances.”

Into the Woods is running until Friday, July 10 with tickets available from the school.