We are so excited for Into the Woods Jr. running February 22-March 4! Mark your calendars today to see Caroline Morath as Rapunzel in the High School Cast of Into the Woods Jr.!
Question 1: What is your favorite fairy tale and why?
A: My favorite fairy tale is "The Ugly Duckling" for a few reasons. First, the backstory: the author, Hans Christian Andersen, was bullied frequently as a child for being an "ugly duckling", if you will. He based the story off of his personal experiences and eventual success as a writer, making it even more heartfelt and personal. The second reason it is my favorite is the character of the ugly duckling. He never once, in the original fairy tale, wishes to be a prettier-looking bird. He only wishes to be loved as he is. When he sees the beautiful swans for the first time, he feels a connection with them; it doesn't even occur to him to be envious of their looks. This, I believe, is one of the most relatable situations I've ever seen in a fairy tale. The final reason I love this fairy tale is this quote, stated after the ugly duckling finally becomes a swan: "He was too happy, but not proud, for a kind heart can never be proud."
Question 2: Why do you think fairy tales are still important in today's society?
A: Fairy tales will always be important to society because of the wisdom and morals they represent. They are a fun, creative way to teach children (and adults!) core values such as honesty, integrity, patience, and kindness.
Question 3: If you could be any fairy tale character which one would you be and why?
A: I would definitely have to be one of the princesses from "The Twelve Dancing Princesses". Wearing a beautiful gown, traveling on a boat to a secret castle with my very own prince to dance with, walking in a grove of gold, silver, and diamond trees, and then dancing the night away every single night? Sign me up! Let's leave out that curse at the end, though.