The Australian International School Malaysia (AISM) recently presented a musical by American composer Stephen Sondheim, Into The Woods, to a sold-out crowd for 3 consecutive nights from 19 July to 21 July. The school also hosted the Chin Students Organisation (CSO) refugee school, homeschooling centres and local schools in separate matinee shows.
The musical was double-casted, giving the opportunity for more students to benefit from being exposed to being in a large-scale musical, in line with the school’s inclusive education philosophy.
The musical tells the story of a childless baker and his wife who go on a quest to begin a family; how they interact with a witch who places a curse on them, and how other loved fairytale characters including Cinderella, Jack and the Beanstalk, Rapunzel and Little Red Riding Hood intersect with their journey.
The play boasted beautiful songs and light-hearted humour which kept the audience enthralled until the very end. The stage set-up complete with giant trees and two towers, one of which was used by Rapunzel, cast an amazing backdrop for the musical.
The highlight of the musical was the beautiful costumes, designed and created by Kai Morley, a Year 11 student of the School with the help of teachers and parent volunteers. Since 2013, Kai has experience in fashion shows and productions in Australia and Hong Kong. Kai also has her own label ‘Kai Kavan’ which she hopes to further develop when she completes her education.
The school takes pride in providing all students with diverse and holistic opportunities throughout their student life. Encouraging creativity, communications and collaboration skills, the school prepares its students with these essential skills for success in the 21st century.