Following Fairy Tales

Review of Into the Woods at the 5th Avenue Theatre

Written by Andrea Romero during an Arts Criticism workshop at Glacier Middle School


Into the Woods is a very famous musical, following the story of four very famous fairy tales, Cinderella, Rapunzel, Jack and the Beanstalk and Little Red Riding Hood. This play takes place in a forest most of the time.

This musical is about a baker and a wife who have always wanted to have a child of their own, when unexpectedly the witch from next door comes to them and tells them if they really want to have a child they have to find four special items, which are, a cape as red as blood, a cow as white as milk, hair as yellow as corn and lastly a slipper as pure as gold. From there it’s the baker’s and wife’s mission to find those missing items before the time limit or else they will never get their child.

The musical Into the Woods is also very enjoyable, the acting, music and singing are very good, the music and tone when someone is singing changes, when the mood changes, there might also be lights in the background, the color of those lights change when the mood changes as well. For example if it’s a worried or angry type of mood it might change into red or yellow.

There are also many emotions you might encounter when watching this musical, for example some emotions you might feel are curiosity, excitement, intrigue and shock. This play is also funny at times so you most certainly will want to laugh when it’s the right time!

I’ve remembered watching this play before when I was younger not live action but on tv in my 2nd grade classroom, I really liked the singing and music. I would totally recommend this musical to anyone who likes this type of stuff. The music, all the emotions you get and costumes they show, really make this musical stand out so much. This musical is really worth seeing!

Lead Photo: Anne Allgood, Sarah "SG" Garcia, Cayman Ilika, and Porscha Shaw. Photo Credit: Mark Kitaoka

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This review was written as part of an Arts Criticism workshop at Glacier Middle School in Jessica Fishman's 6th Grade Language Arts classes, taught by Press Corps teaching artists Jordi Montes and Jay Chavez.

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