Arts and Culture

INTO THE WOODS

KATHERINE HAN
STAFF WRITER

Some people could find long productions boring, but, there’s one musical that would be sure to change their minds. I watched all three hours of Pinewood’s production of “Into the Woods” and it was worth every minute.
The first thing I noticed when entering the theater was how different it looked. The main stage was on the floor of the theater, and pieces of the stage were set up around the theater to surround the audience in the action.The actors did an amazing job incorporating the immersive feel into their performance. Sometimes, an actor would be so close to you they were practically singing into your face. In fact, at one point in the play, two characters even crawled out from underneath the seating area I was in.
“There’s a lot going on the stage, so I thought it would be cool to have [the characters] in different places of the stage and make it feel like we are also a part of this world,” director Katie Linza said.
To make this production even more special, Linza incorporated the unique concept of modernization into Pinewood’s version of “Into the Woods.” The story is told from the perspective of a young boy who ran away from home, and the characters’ costumes are modified to reflect people whom the boy may know in real life.
“I wanted the characters to look like people that we can relate to more, instead of some generic Cinderella that we’ve seen before,” Linza said.
Linza also made the creative decision to make the props appear more abstract. This was an element that I felt really added to the whole experience by giving the audience something fresh to look at. It definitely complemented the unique feel of the musical itself.
“Performing the songs and the lines that are really outlandish and weird is always the most fun,” Matthew Marsland, who played the Mysterious Man, said.
The actors were more than capable of bringing this widely popular musical to life. Even at times when singular actors took the stage, they were able to carry the scene by themselves.
“I’ve had a great time and it’s been a lot of work. My favorite part is probably working with the other people in this school, and having a great time backstage and during the show,” Michael Bodine, who portrayed the Baker, said.
After another whirlwind school year, Pinewood’s performing arts team was able to pull off a perfect musical to wrap up this year’s productions.
“The most rewarding part of being a member of a Pinewood production is the diversity of cast members and being able to hang out with a lot of different people that I normally wouldn’t hang out with outside of theater,” Alex Banning, a prominent member of the technical crew, said.