It’s Ariel Horvitz again with more information on the musical of the year, Into the Woods.The production is up on its feet! After just another two days of rehearsal the cast has the first scene memorized and blocked. At the last rehearsal I attended everyone was still on book and sitting around the piano while singing. I was blown away by tonight’s rehearsal! I am so impressed with all the actors, and more impressed with how amazing the first scene (which is quite long) is looking. In this scene the characters of the play and their wishes are introduced to the audience.
The real fuel of this play is wishing. First, there is Cinderella, who starts off the act with her wish to go to the prince’s festival. After an introduction to her and her mean step-family, the play turns to Jack, from Jack and the Beanstalk. How many productions have a cow prop that eats? Well this one does! Milky White, Jack’s cow and best friend, is the tool Jack’s mother uses to get her wish for money. Lastly, Sondheim and Lapine (the authors) focus on their original fairy tale characters, the Baker and the Baker’s Wife who wish for a child. Through the story the wishes become connected and reliant on one another.
The two characters that worked through their upbeat, and slightly sexual scene (pictured above) was Little Red and the Wolf. Not only do the actors have to memorize, act, and sing, but the dancing in this song might be the most complex. In the scene, the Wolf is dashing and seduces Little Red into straying off the path from her grandmother’s house. The dancing shows this relationship, and adding dance numbers like this will be the next step in creating the show.
Stay tuned for updates,