Into the Woods JR


Writers: James Lapine Stephen Sondheim


Show Information

Conceived By
Number of Acts
Fairy Tale/Fantasy
Multiple Settings
Time & Place
A Fairytale Kingdom and In the Woods
Cast Size
Orchestra Size
Musical Staging
Ideal for
Elementary School, Middle School, Star Vehicle Female, Star Vehicle Male, Theatre For Young Audiences (TYA)
Casting Notes
Mostly female cast
Includes child, early teen, late teen characters


“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 to the King’s Festival, and Jack who wishes his cow would give some milk. When the Baker and his wife are visited by the Witch from next door, 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. There, we meet Little Red Riding Hood, on her way to visit her grandmother, the Wolf who loves tasty little girls, the Witch’s daughter Rapunzel, and two lovelorn Princes. By the end, everyone has gotten their wish and will seemingly live happily ever after.

Lead Characters

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