This post was originally published on The 4th Wall, the dramaturgy blog of the BYU Theatre and Media Arts Department. We at FTTV have partnered with the cast, director, and dramaturgy team of BYU’s production of Into The Woods to host an exciting event on November 8th that dives deep into context, meaning, and stage/screen adaptations of fairy tales. Prepare for the event by reading about the musical and the production here and in the weeks to come.
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 fairy tale. It breaks the idea of happily ever after that we grew up with as children. Though the show certainly does not have a typical fairy tale 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 fairy tale 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.