BWW Blog: Greg Hinojosa, Artistic Director of Woodlawn Theatre - There's Much to Love in the Woods
There's much to love in the woods
By Greg Hinojosa, artistic director
Into the Woods has always been one of my favorite Sondheim musicals. I love the complicated score, the mysterious, interesting character plots and of course the childhood fairy tales that we grew up hearing when we were children. I love that the "Woods," to me, symbolizes "the world." These characters are traditional in the sense that they are characters we know and love within the fairy tales, but they get tossed into a more real world after they discover that not everything they expected from their "ever after" dream is really a good thing.
I especially love the story of the Baker and his wife's longing to have a family. The secondary story within that one is the Baker's relationship with his father. I really connect with this story in that we are all given choices. Sometimes it seems easier to run away from your problems and responsibilities. It isn't until the Baker decides he is tired of running and stands up to his responsibilities that he finds real happiness.
We have found some really incredible actor and singers. The music is beautiful and they handle it like true professionals.
The staging is a bit difficult because of the platforming and levels that have been provided. I am trying to form beautiful, interesting "pictures" with my staging. The actors are adjusting to the demands of the set, the music and their characters. I expect this to be one of the best productions we here at the Woodlawn have mounted. The set, music, costumes are just the icing on the cake. The real treat is hidden in the music and the stories told.
My favorite line in the musical is "Careful the things you say, children will listen." It's a beautiful play that will make you laugh and cry because we all know these characters. Somehow we are all up there on the stage with them, in the woods.