Slaps You In the Face with Action

Review of Into the Woods at the 5th Avenue Theatre

Written by Milena Wiggen during an Arts Criticism workshop at Glacier Middle School


Have you ever wondered what the Fifth Avenue Theatre looks like? Don't worry, I’ll tell you all about it. At first glance from the outside, the sign is very big with bold neon letters spelling F-I-F-T-H A-V-E-N-U-E T-H-E-A-T-R-E. Once you walk into the building on the first floor, there's a big lobby with stairs going up to the second floor in the middle splitting once it's a good 6ft in the air. When you walk on the top seats and look up, the ceiling is glorious. I mean it's like a dragon hanging from the ceiling, of course you can see it from the bottom floor as well but I think you can see more detail from the top. So I think you should go see Into the Woods because the melody is super catchy and sticks in your mind like glue.

One reason you should go see Into the Woods” is because the play itself is good to begin with. Then again the way they fit the 4 stories together was amazing! I know the stories fit together well because in the end everyone seemed to understand what happened. And everyone also was chatting about what happened so they knew what it was all about which means it was well put together. It was a great plot.

I think you should watch Into the Woods because the spectacle is spectacular. The props, the lighting, the scaffolding in the background, everything about the spectacle were great. One strong reason is that the lighting people were so precise and kept the strong lights on the actors. I know the lighting was good because everywhere that you were looking, that was where you were supposed to look, was nice and bright so you could see the actors. Another piece of evidence is that the costumes are really pretty. I know the costumes are pretty and elegant because when Cinderella came out with her dress on you could faintly hear everyone whisper and chatter about how pretty she looked and how pretty the dress was.

Based on this you could tell the spectacle was good because of Cinderella's dress and the lighting. I will talk about the theme next.

I think you should watch Into the Woods Because the theme is really amazing. The theme is good because they clashed the amazing stories of Cinderella, jack and the beanstalk, Rapunzel and red riding hood, them all put together made a story like no other. I know it's a good theme because at the end everyone was going wild and clapping really loud and long. Another reason it's good is because it teaches a good lesson on not to cheat. This is true because someone cheats and then they die a few minutes later, I wont say who just in case you want to watch and I don’t want to spoil it.

Since this happened I can conclude that the theme was great! The storyline, the applause, and the lesson was spectacular!

Those are my thoughts on Into the Woods! The story line, the theater, the seating and all the other things as well. It was such a fun experience and you should totally go! It was a very well put together play and when you started getting bored it would just slap you in the face with action. Very good musical in general.

Lead photo: Sarah "SG" Garcia, Cayman Ilika, Eric Ankrim, Porscha Shaw, Yusuf Seevers, Anne Allgood, and Nik Hagen. 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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