As everyone knows (or should know) AISE will premier its version of “Into the Woods” this February 1st and 2nd. Seriously, though, if you didn’t know, that means you have no friends in Theatre Arts and are additionally completely oblivious and are basically living under a rock. I doubt there are many people like that. BUT! I still think it’s important to address the minority (and even if you’re the majority you should still read this article), so without further ado, I give you…

5 Things You Need To Know About Into The Woods!


“Into the Woods” received not one, not two, but three Tony Awards!

They beat everyone else in 1988, including “Phantom of the Opera” in the categories of Best Original Score, Best Book of a Musical, and Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical…although that last one seems oddly specific, but there’s no denying that this production was totally deserving of those awards!


Disney’s Production Cut Out Quite a Bit from the Original Play

The original play was two acts, three hours. Disney cut it down to two hours. How much do you think was lost in this shift? I’ll tell you: “Maybe they’re Magic”, “Our little world”, “I Guess This Is Goodbye”, “First Midnight”, “Any Moment (reprise)”, “No more”, and “Agony”. Quite a few songs, actually. The play AISE is doing, believe it or not, is only one hour! What do you think was cut out? You’ll have to wait and see!


This is the 4th Most Produced Musical in US Highschools

“Wow! This play is actually pretty popular! I should definitely free up my schedule now so I can go see it!” Is what you’re probably thinking. I totally agree! After all, this is one of the most produced musicals in American high schools! It can only get better with every try! Even more produced that “High School Musical”!


“Into The Woods” is a Skillful Crossover of Cinderella, Jack and the Beanstalk, The Baker and his Wife, and Little Red Riding Hood

A story about a girl who’s forced by her stepmother and stepsisters to be a maid. A story about a boy who sells his cow for magic beans and ends up in trouble with a giant. A story about a baker whose wife was cursed to be barren. A story about a girl who strays from the path and has to deal with a wolf. What could all these stories have in common? What could link them? How are they all connected? Very good questions, my friend. The answers will be in the auditorium February 1st and 2nd!


An Interview with Cast Member Rita Fahmy

Q: Do you recommend everyone come see it when it premiers? Or is it not for everyone?

A: I do recommend that everyone come see it because this is a new experience that we don’t have at school very often. Like, we don’t have plays very often so it’s really nice to come see a finished production that you know your peers and teachers put a lot of effort into

Q: What role do you play? Would you have liked someone different? If so, who?

A: I play the role of Granny. In the beginning I would have liked another role but now that I’ve read the script I’m excited about being Granny.

Q: Is your part challenging? What are you best at? Worst at?

A: My part is challenging because I have to work with – control, annunciation, and pronunciation. I think I’m best at conveying the emotion that I want to and I’m worst at voice control

Q: What do you mean by “voice control”?

A: Making my voice consistent in its volume and stability

Q: What challenges do the whole cast (and crew) face?

A: It’s a short period of time to complete a production, so we have to get our act together and bring the whole play to life. Another challenge for the cast and crew would have to be cooperation because there are like fifty crew members and twenty cast members. For this play to run smoothly everyone has to assume responsibility and carry out their roles in the production.

Q: Without giving anything away, what’s your favorite line of dialogue?

A: I’d prefer for this to be under wraps so when people actually come to see the play, it’ll all be a surprise and hopefully they’ll all enjoy what they see around them

Q: Any final thoughts?

A: Please come, you won’t regret it!

And that’s all there is to it! Enjoy being more informed about “Into the Woods” than most because of this article. Just in case it hasn’t been said enough, you should come to the premiere in February! No one is allowed to attend auditions, so everything will be completely unexpected! It won’t be something to miss. I hope you liked my article, “5 Things You Need to Know about ‘Into the Woods’”!

By Heidi Aref