Into the Woods

For those of you who have seen a production of Into the Woods, you may notice a few differences. In addition to our classic L-Dub spin, the kids’ version of Into the Woods expresses an attitude of hope that is less apparent in Stephen Sondheim’s original script. Our show, at its heart, is about setting out in the world to follow your dreams without fear. As the fairy tale characters enter the woods to achieve their individual goals, they realize that they need each other in order to accomplish what they desire. This theme is an important one as our girls approach a time in their lives where they think about forging their own paths. I hope they realize, as the characters in Into the Woods do, that with teamwork, perseverance, and just a little magic, anything is possible.

There are so many people to thank. The eighth grade crew was fantastic, and I felt more and more comfortable leaving the show in their capable hands. Every member of the eighth grade in this show brought her own brand of talent, energy, and humor to this production, and I am grateful for all of their hard work. Theresa Falk tirelessly led this cast in vocal warm-ups and theatre games, and she coached many a young actor through a difficult scene. I could not have done this without her unfailing energy and easy smile. Colleen West’s concise organization ensured every child was where she should be at the appointed time and every parent volunteer had an assignment. Jan Frederick once again used her incredible vision and creativity to create beautiful costumes (sometimes more than one!) for each girl, and her commitment and warm sense of humor are appreciated by cast, crew, and director alike. The score for Into the Woods is complex and challenging, but Lindsey Mutschler’s patient vocal coaching and professional, unparalleled accompaniment made it seem easy as pie. Jenny Zavatsky, despite leaving this director with legendary shoes to fill, never failed to respond to late night emails and patiently responded to my constant interruptions and inquiries. Her mentorship, leadership, and behind the scenes organization was integral to the success of this production, and I am completely indebted to her. Lastly, I want to thank all of you for your time moving sets, carpooling girls, donating bagels, and most of all, sharing your girls with us. Thank you for all that you do.

–Chelsea McCollum

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