Into the Woods - February 15 - February 17, 2018

Big Little Theatre School




The musical blends various familiar fairy tales with an original story of a childless Baker and his Wife, who catalyze the action of the story by attempting to reverse a curse on their family to have a child.



The characters set out to achieve their goal of living "Happily Ever After" through familiar routes -

Cinderella goes to the Ball and captures the heart of Prince Charming, Jack climbs the Beanstalk and finds a land of Giants and Gold, Little Red Riding Hood survives her clash with the wolf at Grandma's house, and Rapunzel manages to escape her tower with the aid of a handsome prince who climbs her long hair. The Baker and his Wife move through their stories while pursuing their own goal - the witch who keeps Rapunzel (revealed to be the Baker's sister) has put the curse on his house, and agrees to lift it if the Baker and his Wife can find the ingredients to help her reverse a spell which her mother has laid on her, keeping her old and ugly.


Those ingredients are: A Slipper As Pure As Gold, which the Baker's wife gets from Cinderella, A Cow As White As Milk, which the Baker buys from Jack in exchange for the fateful magic beans, A Cape As Red As Blood, which the Baker gets from Little Red Riding Hood in exchange for freeing her and Granny from the Wolf, and Hair As Yellow As Corn, which they get from Rapunzel. The ingredients are gathered, and the spell works, stripping the Witch of her power, but restoring her beauty. At the end of Act I, all characters seem poised to live "Happily Ever After".



Act Two deals with the consequences that traditional fairy tales conveniently ignore. What happens AFTER "Happily Ever After". As the characters face a genuine threat to their community, they realize that all actions have consequences, and their lives are inescapably interdependent, but also that interdependence is their greatest strength.


The musical debuted in San Diego at the Old Globe Theatre in 1986 and premiered on Broadway on November 5, 1987, where it won several Tony Awards, including Best Score, Best Book, and Best Actress in a Musical (Joanna Gleason), in a year dominated by The Phantom of the Opera (1988). The musical has since been produced many times, with a 1988 US national tour, a 1990 West End production, a 1997 tenth anniversary concert, a 2002 Broadway revival, a 2010 London revival and in 2012 as part of New York City's outdoor Shakespeare in the Park series.



We're really delighted that almost ten years since Graham Hubbard directed "Just So" for Big Little Theatre School, he's back and this time working with our Professional Development Programme students on the magical show "Into The Woods".   This project gives the students an opportunity to work on a production in a process that as closely mirrors the professional world as possible - exploring how actors create their characters and coming to understand the incredible professional disciplines required for a successful career in theatre.  
The production is the culmination of that process, with Leah Sams' beautiful yet simple design concept combining with Graham's directorial style to bring the story to life in this studio theatre setting.
We hope you enjoy the journey Into the Woods...
Michelle Guy B.Ed ALAM

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