Saginaw Art Museum | Township View TownshipView Into the Woods Laura Mettam Pit & Balcony’s production of Into the Woods ran October 5-7 & 12-14, 2018. Those unfamiliar with the musical will surely recognize some of its well-known cast of classic characters: Jack, of Jack and the Beanstalk, Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel, Cinderella, and a wicked witch all intertwine in this mash-up story centered around the deep, dark woods and greater themes of morality. The play opened with quick snapshots of the main characters each professing their separate desires which ranged from food, wealth, inclusion in high society, and the ability to have a baby. The songful wishes overlapped with an impressive rhythmic precision that would repeat throughout the play, enforcing common themes despite the difference in subtleties. Between the host of characters and different storylines, there was a lot going on, but the engaging cast made viewers forget that the runtime was nearly three hours. As the characters faced their fears and journeyed into the woods on a quest for their respective wishes, they began to interact through smart and whimsical fast-paced songs and dialogue. By the end of Act 1, albeit through some trial and tribulation, it appeared as though the characters had successfully obtained their desires and all was right with the world. It wasn’t until Act 2 that the tables began to turn and more was revealed – more wishes, and more dire consequences. The characters quickly realized that some of their desires weren’t all they thought they’d be as they learned the hard way to be careful what you wish for.