Theatre: A Final Reflection

Shelby Cain, Reporter

On April 1st and 2nd, the Northlake Christian Theatre Co. held their last production of the 2021-2022 school year: Into the Woods. For the first time in Northlake history, the production took place on a self-built set created outside of Wolverine Hall surrounded by trees to give the play a feel of actually being “in the woods.” The director, Rickie Luke, and the dedicated actors worked every day to perfect not only their roles but to make the set look as magical as the musical. Many talented students from grades 7th-12th joined together to perform this beautiful and funny play that brought an experience none of them would forget.
Into the Woods is about many classic fairytales like Jack and the Beanstalk, Cinderella, Red Riding Hood, and many more merged together to create a storyline of love and loss. What makes Into the Woods different is that the story does not end happily ever after, instead the majority of the characters die but like most fables, each character, dead or alive, learned a lesson that needed to be learned. For example, for the majority of the play, Jack’s Mother complained about what she had or didn’t have. She groaned that “slotted spoons don’t hold much soup”, expressing her frustration that the spoon she had didn’t work for what she wanted. After she died and the majority of characters came back as spirits, she had an epiphany that “the slotted spoon can catch a potato,” showing her realization that even though her spoon couldn’t do what she desired, it could still be used for good.