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.
Just like us, the characters in this show are on their own journey. They are working towards the things they want and learning along the way. All choices have consequences and sometimes people make mistakes. Into the Woods recognizes people’s imperfections and reminds us that we live in an imperfect world. Our favorite fairytales fairytale characters face some tough issues, but they still leave us with the hope that we can move forward.
Over the next few weeks, I will share some of the steps in this production’s journey. It is my hope that as you continue reading, you will see how many people are involved in bringing this story to you and, whether or not you are already a fan, will gain a greater love for it.