• 2017-2018 Season,  Into the Woods

    The Uses of Enchantment

    by Amelia Johnson, dramaturg In 1976 Austrian-born psychoanalyst Bruno Bettelheim published The Uses of Enchantment: The Meaning and Importance of Fairy Tales. In this book, Bettelheim applied Frued’s theories to fairy tales and argued that they are psychologically beneficial to children. Though each tale offers individual benefits, there are many themes used generally.

  • 2017-2018 Season,  Into the Woods

    Welcome Into the Woods

    by Amelia Johnson, Dramaturg When I mention Into the Woods, there are those who love it and those who don’t. For those who aren’t fans of the show, the main comment I hear is that the show does not end like the typical fairytale. It breaks the idea of happily ever after that we grew up with as children. Though the show certainly does not have a typical fairytale ending, I feel that this is a great part of where the value of the show lies.

  • 2016-2017 Season,  Chariots of Fire

    Birth of the Actor Athlete

    By Amelia Johnson, Assistant Dramaturg What did it take to be a cast member of this show? Time, hard work, and a lot of sweat. But, that is to be expected when your show is about Olympic runners. When you have a passion for something, you strive to be as good as you can at it. When your passion is acting, sometimes you learn new skills in order to play a part. Our actors embraced this and became actor athletes. In addition to learning their lines, blocking, and working to understand their characters, our actor athletes took part in training to get in the physical shape of a runner. They…