Otago Polytechnic

A team of Communication Design students has helped bring a vivid fantasy world to life for the Fortune Theatre’s latest production, Into the Woods.


Crammed with magical moments, this 1987 Tony Award winning musical features Cinderella, Rapunzel, Red Riding Hood and Jack amongst others, along with quests to combat giants, break spells and strive for happiness.


Lecturer Jon Wilson worked with the director Jonathan Hendry to imagine what could be done to realise the setting on stage. One of the challenges was successfully integrating the use of animation with human actors to create an imaginary world. A group of talented Communication Design students then took their vision and ran with it, producing animated sequences to visually communicate the fantasy environment for this entertaining musical.


This is the second time the Theatre has worked with the Polytechnic. Last year, Jon and another group of students contributed audiovisual elements to the critically-acclaimed show, Grounded. 


“These have been wonderful opportunities for our students to gain valuable professional experience and for our staff to contribute their expertise to benefit the community," says Polytechnic Chief Executive, Phil Ker. "We look forward to the prospect of partnering again on future productions.”


Into the Woods will be delighting audiences at the Fortune Theatre from 5 to 26 August. 


You can find out more about the show and purchase tickets here.

Expiry: 28 Aug 2017