TXST musical theater trip to the woods | Life & Arts


“Into The Woods” has had several renditions from the original Broadway play to live-action film. Many people know the story, now it’s time to revisit the classic.

The Texas State Department of Theater and Dance will take its audience into the world of “Into the Woods” November 15-20.

The Broadway production narrated by James Lapine is brought to the state of Texas by the creative minds of director Stacy Hawking, along with cast and crew. “Into The Woods” is Hawking’s third production at Texas State.

Hawking is currently studying at Texas State as a sophomore MFA directing candidate and “Into The Woods” is her third time directing a production while in college.

Hawking said that throughout the preparation for this production, everyone is learning, even herself.

“I think there’s a strong focus on the Texas state community and a lot of care for the students who come into the program,” Hawking said.

The story of the musical is a combination of several popular Grimm Brothers fairy tales linked by the story of a baker and his wife. The stories featured will be “Little Red Riding Hood”, “Jack and the Beanstalk”, “Cinderella” and more.

“Into The Woods” brings together all the beloved storybook characters. When the storybook opens, the characters on the page come to life.

“‘Into The Woods’ is a story about all your favorite fairy tale characters who will find something they want and come out with a new perspective on life,” said Mia Kaplan, a sophomore from musical theater that plays Little Red Riding. Hood.

The cast and crew strive to bring the storybook world to life in every way possible. This includes creating the set and costumes to look like the pages of a storybook. This process was difficult but was worth it according to Angelica Hadiwibowo, the production’s costume designer. The set will look like it was ripped from a book.

“It’s like making origami clothes,” Hadiwibowo said.

Each costume is constructed by attaching paper to fabric, requiring designers to work to the deadline. Production is the first step at Texas State to having costumes made entirely from scratch. Each costume was made to fit the actor or actress.

Since each costume was made from scratch, the designers had the opportunity to tell a story with their creations.

“‘Into The Woods’ is really interesting. [The costumes] are very character driven. I played a lot with the language of shapes,” said Hadiwibowo.

The language of form is a way for costume designers to continue to tell the story through their clothes. For a story like “Into The Woods”, the language of form was especially helpful in conveying the message. In a classic storybook like “Into the Woods,” audiences will find themselves watching a tale between good and evil. Triangles are used for evil or hostile characters like the witch, and circles are used in designs for friendly characters.

The storytelling piece revolves heavily around the influence of paper. The sets and costumes may look like paper, but the actors are also required to move like paper. The paper shapes the whole production, especially the choreography.

“We used paper as an influence, so we created something really sharp or specific or something a little flowy for other times,” Hawking said.

The cast and crew continue to have a safe space to learn and grow. Supporting this production means directly supporting the young cast and crew who work hard to bring this world to life.

“We’re still in an educational experience, I’m learning to grow playing this role and learning and discovering new parts of my voice that I can express,” Kaplan said.

Kaplan never believed she would get a lead in this production let alone a starring role. She said musical theater has always been her calling and this production will help her further her career.

The designers, the technical team, the actors and even the directors learn during this process. The advantage of a student-led production is that everyone learns from each other. Kaplan expresses that although she has been in previous theater productions, she continues to learn new skills. Actors and actresses are able to find new parts of their voice and sing at an entirely different level than they did before rehearsing for the production.

“I would say the cast and crew showed a lot of grace because we’re all still learning,” Hawking said.

Tickets can be purchased at https://txstatepresents.universitytickets.com/w/event.aspx?id=3380&r=e58d8853a75e43c0a08cdeb69982ddbc


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