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Prepare students to attend, study and process Into the Woods

Before the show, share our Character Descriptions and Synopsis with your students. Print out copies of our Student Program to share on the bus ride home from the show. Afterwards, engage in a grade-appropriate lesson plan or use our discussion questions to help students reflect upon their experience.

Common Core Standards


Analyze the extent to which a filmed or live production of a story or drama stays faithful to or departs from the text or script, evaluating the choices made by the director or actors.


Analyze how a modern work of fiction draws on themes, patterns of events, or character types from myths, traditional stories, or religious works such as the Bible, including describing how the material is rendered new.


Analyze a particular point of view or cultural experience reflected in a work of literature from outside the United States, drawing on a wide reading of world literature.


Analyze multiple interpretations of a story, drama, or poem (e.g., recorded or live production of a play or recorded novel or poetry), evaluating how each version interprets the source text. Include at least one play by Shakespeare and one play by an American dramatist.

Learning Objectives
  • Understand how fairy tales have been communicated and recorded
  • Identify key characteristics of fairy tale structures, plots and characters
  • Study the Cinderella fairy tale throughout time to identify and compare how social messages, including gender roles, economic status and class are communicated
  • Write a modern fairy tale, incorporating the themes and elements found in Cinderella
Guiding Questions
  • What clues do fairy tales provide about social order?
  • What messages do fairy tales send about family, gender, class, environment and survival?