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Into the Woods

Upper School Drama Club Spring Musical 2015
March 7, 12, 13, & 14, 2015

Into the Woods was not an easy musical to perform; its composer, Stephen Sondheim, is infamous in the musical theatre world for his beautiful - if incredibly difficult to master - musical compositions. But, like the characters in the musical, the AACS actors boldly forged ahead with the work, tackling not only the music, but also the lessons they encountered. In Act I, we met familiar fairytale characters pursuing and attaining their wishes, creating and discovering their own identities. The message we encountered in the Act I finale is this: "To be happy and forever, you must see your wish come true. Don't be careful, don't be clever, when you see your wish; pursue." But, we were left wondering whether mindlessly pursuing our own self interest was really the way we ought to go through life?

In Act II, we watched these fairytale characters undertake a journey to discover and create their individual identities and ultimately discover that genuine fulfillment can only be found in community. This musical provided a mirror of the world we live in, somewhere in-between Christ's death on the cross and His second coming, where we must constantly cope with the fallenness not only of the world around us, but also inside of ourselves. The redemption of the show came toward its end, when our heroes came together to form a strong, loving, self-sacrificing - if messy and unexpected - community.

People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.
(I Samuel 16:7)

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