Little Red Ridinghood stands carrying a large wicker basket. On the right is an actor dressed as a wolf with one hand on her shoulder. His costume includes black stilts on his legs
Jade Jones as Little Red Ridinghood and Christopher Mueller as First Wolf in the Ford’s Theatre production of Into the Woods. Photo by Carol Rosegg.

Into the Woods Teaching Resources

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 ObjectivesUnderstand how fairy tales have been communicated and recordedIdentify key characteristics of fairy tale structures, plots and charactersStudy the Cinderella fairy tale throughout time to identify and compare how social messages, including gender roles, economic status and class are communicatedWrite a modern fairy tale, incorporating the themes and elements found in Cinderella
Guiding QuestionsWhat clues do fairy tales provide about social order?What messages do fairy tales send about family, gender, class, environment and survival?

Classroom Resources

Use these classroom resources to enhance your students’ experience.