MainStage Production, Winter 2019:
Into The Woods
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Friday January 4: 7:00-10:00 pm
Saturday January 5: 7:00-10:00 pm
Sunday January 6, Callbacks: movement work 2:00-3:00 pm, vocal/acting work 3:00-6:00 pm
Hop Garage spaces (across the hall from the Hop Cafe)
ABOUT THE PLAY AND THE PRODUCTION
A timeless and deeply relevant Tony Award-winning musical, with music and lyrics from the great Stephen Sondheim and a book by James Lapine. The story follows a Baker and his wife, who wish to have a child; Cinderella, who wishes to attend the King's Festival; and Jack, who wishes his cow would give milk. When the Baker and his wife learn that they cannot have a child because of a Witch's curse, the two set off on a journey to break the curse. Many wishes are granted, but the far-reaching consequences of individual actions return to haunt the characters later with disastrous results. One of Sondheim's most beloved works, Into the Woods is musically sophisticated, with excellent opportunities for delving into the performance of dark comedy.
Into the Woods will be performed in the Moore Theater on the following dates and times:
February 22-23 & 28 @ 8:00 pm
March 1-2 @ 8:00 pm
Februay 24 & March 3 @ 2 pm
The production will be directed and choreographed by Professor Keith Coughlin, with Kevin Smith as music director and Sarah Case as assistant choreographer. Professor Dan Kotlowitz will design lights, with visiting artists Martin Schnellinger and Lawrence E. Moten II serving as costume and set designer, respectively. The produciton will be stage managed by the students of Kathleen Cunneen's THEA 41 Stage Management class.
No previous performance experience is neccesary!
CLICK HERE to signup for an audition!
Please plan to arrive 10 minutes before your appointment time, as, you will be asked to fill out an audition form in advance of your audition. Students should prepare 36 measures of an up-tempo song from musical theater or popular music. Your musical selection does not have to be from Into the Woods.
An accompanist will be provided, so bring your sheet music if you have it - but do not be concerned if you do not have sheet music!
Students are encouraged to read the script prior to auditions. The audition may include reading sides (selections) from the script.
Male or Female, Vocal Range: G2-E4.
A young person who discovers a hidden book and eventually loses his/her self in the story.
Educated, Engaging, Expendable.
Female, Vocal Range: F3-G5.
After losing her mother’s magic beans, she is cursed with “ugliness”. She believes that if she can reverse this curse she will be able to secure a lasting life with a child she has kidnapped and kept in a tower. Through her journey, she comes to realize that her wish will not bring her the happiness that she has longed for and decides to take her fate in her own hands.
Twisted, Torn, Tyrannical.
Male, Vocal Range: A Flat 2-G4.
This man is scared by past abandonment and is just trying to get by in life. Because of the lack of a male’s influence, he can’t grasp the reality of being a man, a husband, or a father. As we progress through the show, he learns life is messy and no one is truly alone.
Innocent, Idealist, Improved.
The Baker’s Wife
Female, Vocal Range: F3-G5.
A midwestern housewife-type desperately seeking for her life to be different. I’m not sure if she knows what she wants. Her wishes vary between children to a more glamorous life of royalty. Desperate, Determined, Dreamer.
Female, Vocal Range: G3-G5.
She too 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 (also plays the Wolf)
Male, Vocal Range: B2-F4.
Men and Women all want to either be or be with him and he knows it. This playboy is used to all the accolades without deserving one of them. Life for him is deciding which maiden to seduce next.
Self-centered, Shallow, Shameless.
Wolf (played by same actor as Cinderella’s Prince)
Male, Vocal Range: B Flat 2-G Flat 4.
This creature is always on the lookout for his next meal. He entices his victims with flowers and fun until they willingly succumb to his desires.
Resourceful, Ruthless, Rocker.
Red Riding Hood
Female, Vocal Range: B flat 3-F5.
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.
Male or Female, Vocal Range: B2-G4.
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.
Female, Vocal Range: B flat 3-F5.
A single mother left by a deadbeat husband to raise a clueless son whose imaginary 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.
Female, Vocal Range: B3-B flat 5.
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 with her twins by a wondering stranger, she cracks.
Utopian, Used, Unglued.
Male, Vocal Range: C Sharp 3–E4.
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.
Female or Male, Vocal Range: A3-F Sharp 5.
Lucinda, Florinda (Step-Sisters)
Females, Vocal Range: C4-A Flat 5.
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
Male, Vocal Range: G2-E Flat 4.
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 (also plays Granny)
Female, Vocal Range: G3-A Flat 5.
Her projection of reality is heavenly. She appears in times of trouble to guide her child and help fulfill her wishes.
Heavenly, Helpful, Holographic
Granny (also plays Cinderella’s Mother)
Female, Ensemble Singer.
This is a woman who has been calloused by life. The fire in her eyes is only out shined by the love in her heart for her granddaughter.
Feisty, Fearless, Fierce.
Male, Ensemble Singer.
A man servant who is used to doing whatever he has to solve a problem. His only care is to please his master or the strongest personality in the room.
Conniving, Callous, Coward.
Male or Female, Ensemble Singer.
A cow that’s seen better days but is best friends with Jack.
Fast, Funny, Fatigued.