Murrow Students Dazzled the Crowd with Into the Woods!
One of the most prominent high schools in Brooklyn, Edward R. Murrow, presented their winter production of Into the Woods, from December 14 to December 17, 2016 at the school’s Joseph Anzalone Theater. This musical is a light-hearted look at the Grimm Brother’s fairy tales, the songs for which were written by Stephen Sondheim.
There wasn’t an empty seat in sight on opening night and for three and a half hours , students took time out of their busy schedules to watch their fellow colleagues deliver an amazing performance. Audience members were connected to the cast from the beginning, right up to the closing curtain call.
The production was launched on behalf of The Players’ Circle, a non-profit organization that recognizes the importance of theater and art programs in schools and is also a great way to raise funds for Murrow’s performing arts program.
Into the Woods is a classic play that incorporates a number of Charles Perrault fairy tales including Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, Rapunzel, Cinderella and Snow White. The play also included a Brothers Grimm fairy tale, The Baker and Baker’s Wife which depicts a childless baker and his wife, who wanted to start a family, but a witch cursed them.
The musical displays each of the fairy tales’ themes while each of the main characters is trying to find a solution to their problems in the woods. At the end of Act II, each of the characters realize the three words, Into the Woods, was the stepping stone of love, adventure and new opportunities.