StageWorks musical theatre students from Henley, Benson, Cookham and Caversham performed their hearts out in their recent production of Wind in the Willows at the Kenton theatre.
The show was Alan Bennett’s adaptation of Kenneth Grahame’s novel, by arrangement with Samuel French Limited and with additional lyrics and music by Jeremy Sams.
Students aged from 4-16 (and some treading the boards for the first time) told the gentle tale of Toad, Rat, Badger and Mole. Set by the river and into the Wild Wood, the woodland creatures were all dedicated to the story and you could clearly see were enjoying the music, lyrics, acting and choreography. A thoroughly beautiful performance by the talented children of StageWorks.
One audience review said “I have come with my Mum, we didn’t know anyone in the show, and it was as good as the West End – we enjoyed every minute.”
Principal Emma-Jane Taylor says “I am so proud of everyone involved in this production. It’s been an amazing week and the cast and crew have all worked super hard. We have two teams of children and we do 6 shows (3 shows each). I can’t thank Henley enough for the support we get and also The Kenton Theatre. We are so lucky to have this facility in town, a professional working theatre that so many can enjoy. Long may this continue. The SW Crew are all talented performers and all driven to giving the students the best experience on the stage, we monitor success by how happy our students are performing and I’m so proud to be stepping into 2020 celebrating 20 years”.
In 2020 StageWorks begins celebrating their 20th Anniversary year and to mark this milestone they are opening their doors and offering 3 week free trials at all of their branches. We would love to get everyone involved in our celebrations, and can’t wait to celebrate with Henley, a town we all thoroughly enjoy.