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AUDITIONS
April 13 & 14, 1:00PM
HYDE PARK OPERA HOUSE

Into the Woods

by Stephen Sondheim, book by James Lapine

July 18-21 and 25-28
Fri-Sat, 7:00p   Sun, 2:00p
hyde park opera house

Into the Woods is a modern twist on the beloved Brothers Grimm fairy tales in a musical format that follows the classic tales of Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, and Rapunzel-all tied together by an original story involving a baker and his wife, their wish to begin a family and their interaction with the witch who has put a curse on them.

Characters

  • The Narrator: Male or Female, age 18-64, Vocal Range: G2-E4. A librarian who discovers a hidden book and eventually loses his/her self in the story. Educated, Engaging, Expendable

  • The Witch: Age 35-55, Vocal Range: F3-G5. Gender neutral character. After losing their mother’s magic beans, the witch is cursed with “ugliness”. Believes that if they can reverse this curse they will be able to secure a lasting life with a child they have kidnapped and kept in a tower. Through their journey, they comes to realize that wishes will not bring the happiness that is longed for and decides to take fate in their own hands. Twisted, Torn, Triadic

     

  • The Baker: Age 25-45, Vocal Range: A Flat 2-G4. Male appearing character. This man is scared by past abandonment and is just trying to get by in life. Desperately wants a child with his wife, but because of the lack of a male’s influence, he can’t grasp the reality of being a man, a husband, or a father. In his progress through the show, he learns life is messy and no one is truly alone. Innocent, Idealist, Ignorant

     

  • The Baker’s Wife: Age 25-45, Vocal Range: F3-G5. Female appearing character. Housewife type desperately seeking for her life to be different. Unsure if she knows what she wants. Her wishes vary between children to a more glamorous life of royalty. Desperate, Determined, Dreamer

     

  • Cinderella: Age 16-30, Vocal Range: G3-G5. Female appearing character. She wishes her life were different. However upon getting her wish, she realizes it’s not what she thought it would be. How can she find middle ground in an ever changing world? Hopeful, Honorable, Hesitant

     

  • Cinderella’s Prince: Age 20-40, Vocal Range: B2-F4. Male appearing character. Everyone wants to either be or be with him and he knows it. This playboy is use to all the accolades without deserving one of them. Life for him is deciding which maiden to seduce next. Self-centered, Shallow, Shameless

     

  • Red Riding Hood: Age 15-20, Vocal Range: B flat 3-F5. Female appearing character. Coming from a life of privilege, this little one must learn to be more cautious. Her carefree lifestyle comes in contact with dangers beyond her imagination. How she deals with these situations will force her to take a good look at herself and everything she thinks she knows. Careless, Caught, Challenged

     

  • Jack: Age 15-25, Vocal Range: B2-G4. Male appearing character. Feeling he has no friends in the world, he finds solace in the family’s cow. Unable to read his surroundings, he lives his life in dream land. It’s not until he trades the cow for magic beans that his gigantic adventures begin. His quest up a beanstalk teaches him lessons he never thought he would learn. However, with all his experiences he is still search for the ways of being a man. Bullied, Boyish, Beginner

     

  • Jack’s Mother: Age 35-60, Vocal Range: B flat 3-F5. Female appearing character. A single mother left by a dead beat husband to raise a clueless son whose only friend is a cow. This is a woman who loves her son but wishes he would grow up. She has been beaten down by a life of poverty until her son finds a golden hen. How will she handle this new found way of life? Jaded, Jilted, Justified

     

  • Rapunzel: Age 15-30, Vocal Range: B3-A5. Female appearing character. How would you feel if your whole life you’d been trapped in a tower with only a crazy witch to talk to? Here we find a girl who wishes to see the outside world. However her lack of human contact or knowledge of the world proves to be a challenge for her. Upon being banished to a remote desert, she cracks. Utopian, Used, Unglued

     

  • Rapunzel’s Prince: Age 17-40, Vocal Range: C Sharp 3–E4. Male appearing character. After having to live in his brother’s shadow for so long, this handsome young lad sets out to seek his own adventures. Upon falling in love with a dreamlike maiden, he is pierced with the realities of life. Will he pursue a family life or try to find happiness elsewhere? Attractive, Adoring, Annoyed

     

  • Cinderella’s Step-Mother: Age 40-60, Vocal Range: A3-F Sharp 5. (See step sisters description)

     

  • Lucinda, Florinda (Step-Sisters): Age 16-40, Vocal Range: C4-A Flat 5. Female appearing characters. These three women are always pursuing a glamorous lifestyle to save them from their current situation. They wear the best that they have in order to mask their poverty. They are like vultures in that they find joy feeding off others. Fake, Frustrated, Flighty

     

  • Mysterious Old Man: Age 50-65, Vocal Range: G2-E Flat 4. Male appearing character. Is he a beggar or a hermit or father to half of our characters? We know at least he is the father of the Baker and Rapunzel. This man is either on the run from responsibilities or can’t stand to face the guilt he has to live with from all the pain he has caused. You decide. Wacky, Weathered, Withdrawn

     

  • Cinderella’s Mother (Off Stage): Age 40-55, Vocal Range: G3-A Flat 5. Female appearing character. Her projection of reality is heavenly. She appears in times of trouble to guide her child and help fulfill her wishes. Heavenly, Helpful, Holographic

     

  • Wolf: Age 18-35, Vocal Range: B Flat 2-G Flat 4. Gender neutral character. This creature is always on the lookout for the next meal. Entices victims with flowers and fun until they willingly succumb to the wolf’s desires. Resourceful, Ruthless, Rocker

  • Steward: Age 30-50, Ensemble Singer Gender neutral character. A servant who is used to doing whatever has to be done to solve a problem. Only care is to please the master or the strongest personality in the room. Conniving, Callous, Coward

  • Granny: Age 40-65, Ensemble Singer. Female appearing character. Has been calloused by life. The fire in her eyes is only out shined by the love in their heart for her grandchild. Feisty, Fearless, Fierce

     

  • Giant: Offstage voice. Gender neutral character.

     

 

 

Production Team

Director:
Catie Smith

Music Director:
AJ Banach

Producer:
Becky Millard

Choreographer:
Holly Sherrer


Set Design:
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NOTES ABOUT AUDITIONS

* Attend either day

* Please bring your calendar with you to note schedule conflicts!

* Auditions start at 1:00pm SHARP

* No appointment necessary

* Wear clothes and shoes you can move in/dance in

* No need to bring prepared material; readings from the script will be used.  Visit this page for any updates in advance of auditions.  

NOTES ABOUT REHEARSAL SCHEDULE

*  Expect 3 (or more) rehearsals per week.

*  Not all cast members will be required to be at every rehearsal - we value your volunteer time!!


ACTING SIDES

Narrator

Witch, Rapunzel, 2 princes

Baker, Baker’s Wife, Witch

Jack and Little Red

Wolf and Little Red

Cinderella and Prince

Baker, Cinderella, Jack, Little Red, Mysterious Old Man

 

MUSIC SIDES

Everyone

Witch

Cinderella/Little Red

Baker’s Wife

Baker, Jack, Prince