Christian Academy Students Attend the Oregon Shakespeare Festival
by Jessica Wead
International students from Canyonville Christian Academy’s Seminar Class watched Into the Woods at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. This play was held in Ashland’s beautiful, outdoor Allen Elizabethan Theatre. The theatre holds 1,300 people in its upscale, evening showings of various plays. The architecture of this theatre is based on Shakespeare’s, Globe Theatre, and its contemporary, Fortune Theatre, in London, England.
Into the Woods is a musical, which premiered on Broadway in 1987. It won several Tony Awards in 1988 beating out The Phantom of the Opera in multiple categories. Since then it has been produced many times all around the world.
Into the Woods contains several characters from the Brothers Grimm fairy tale stories such as Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the beanstalk, and the baker and his wife. Each of these characters have specific wishes when they enter into the magical woods. Their paths are intertwined as they are presented with opportunities to fulfill these dreams. However, it will come at a price.
The characters are confronted by the morality of the decisions they have to make in order to achieve their dreams. One decision will negatively affect someone else; while the other may prevent them from getting what they desire. The characters decide to make their dreams come true no matter what the cost, and it seems like they should live happily ever after. However, they are later confronted with reality and hardships. They then find their fulfilled dreams unsatisfying. In the end, they have to work together to overcome their troubles. They learn from their mistakes and discover that it is best to live in community and think about others.
The students of Canyonville Christian Academy loved the musical, Into the Woods! For most of them, it was their first time seeing a professional play. They were amazed and thought that the music, singers, and costumes were all wonderful. They were intrigued by the plot and couldn’t stop watching it!
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