the Woods, Jr.
Music and Lyrics by STEPHEN SONDHEIM
Originally directed on Broadway by James
Original Broadway production produced by Heidi Landsman, M. Anthony Fisher, Rocco Landesman, Frederick H. Mayerson, Rick Steiner, Jujamcyn Theaters
As part of the Kennedy Center's Sondheim Celebration commencing
in the spring of 2002, the Kennedy Center Education Department presents
Into the Woods, Jr., the culmination of a year-long residency
program with seven Washington D.C. public schools.
Students attending the participating schools, all part of the Kennedy Center/D.C. Public Schools Partnership, have received instruction and training in various aspects of theater and the performing arts, and have participated in designing and constructing sets, properties, and costumes. Additionally, the cast is comprised of students from the following partnership schools:
Artist residencies were held at the seven participating schools from October - December 2001, focusing on Introduction to Musical Theater and the work of Stephen Sondheim; Costuming/Make-up; Sets/Props and Acting.
January to April
During the second half of the school year, the 175 students from the seven classrooms at the schools spent four hours per week designing costumes and fabricating sets and props with consultants Cheryl Foster and Rosemary Pardee. In addition, students received workshops in lighting/special effects/sound; choreography/movement and marketing/promotion, all designed to support the actual preparation for the performances.
The Performances -May
The Kennedy Center/D.C. Public Schools Partnership provides access
to performances and arts-centered activities with the objective
of developing an appreciation for and awareness of the arts, and
how the arts can be used to enhance academic learning. Students
experience the performing arts in a manner that may result in a
more lasting impact on their learning. Professional artists and
teachers collaborate in the development of curriculum-centered artist
residencies that enhance a particular unit of study. Participating
schools may host either semester or yearlong residencies that provide
an in-depth exploration of an artistic discipline, while connecting
the discipline to a specific academic subject.
The overall aims and objectives of the Into the Woods Jr. residency has not only been for schoolchildren to be involved in all aspects of a professional musical production but to learn other life lessons, such as leadership, team building, and the importance of the democratic process that takes place in decision making. Additional projects that formed part of the residency such as field trips to a farm, the woods, and agricultural projects on soil conservation, sought to enhance their ongoing curriculum, with direct links to the residency.
Into the Woods Jr. is part of The Broadway Junior Collection at Music Theatre International, which provides schools with abridged editions of Broadway musicals. Materials include scripts, a fully orchestrated accompaniment CD, a choreographic video, curriculum guides, and a producer/director guide for teachers on casting, rehearsals and performance techniques. For more information visit http://www.BROADWAYjr.com.
Into the Woods, Jr. is presented with the generous support of Mr. and Mrs. Hermen Greenberg.
Kennedy Center Sondheim Celebration
Made possible through
the generous support of:
With additional funding