Into the Woods

Into the Woods

Book:
Conceived By:
Category
Musical
Number of Acts:
2 Acts
First Produced:
1986
Genres
Fairy Tale/Fantasy
Settings
Multiple Settings
Time & Place
a fairytale kingdom and in the woods
Cast Size
large
Orchestra Size
Large
Dancing
None
Ideal For
high school, community, university, professional
Casting Notes:
Mostly female cast
Includes young adult, adult, mature adult, late teen, child, early teen, elderly characters

Synopsis

“Be careful what you wish for” seems to be the ongoing theme in Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s Brothers Grimm inspired musical, Into the Woods. The story follows The Baker and his wife who wish to have a child, Cinderella who wishes to go the King’s Festival, and Jack who wishes his cow would give some milk. When the Baker and his wife are visited by the neighborhood witch, who reveals to them that she placed a curse on their family, the two set off on a journey into the woods to reverse the curse. Also in the woods, we meet Little Red, who is trying to visit her grandmother, the Wolf who loves tasty little girls, the Witch’s daughter Rapunzel, and the Princes chasing after their loves. By the end of Act I, everyone has gotten their wish and will seemingly live happily ever after. But in Act II, when Jack’s beanstalk brings them a visit from an angry Giant, we see how the consequences of their actions haunt them in disastrous ways. The community must come together to save each other and their kingdom, but sacrifices must be made.


Characters

Female

Lead

Soprano

Male

Lead

Tenor

Female

Lead

Mezzo-Soprano



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