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Into the Woods

Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Book by James Lapine
Originally Directed on Broadway James Lapine
Orchestrations by Jonathan Tunick
permission by Music Theatre International
Audition Dates: July 15-16, 2018 (tentative)
Performance Dates: Oct 19-Nov 4, 2018
Production Photos: Oct 17, 2018 (Wednesday)

“Be careful what you wish for” seems to be the ongoing theme in Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s Brothers Grimm inspired musical, Into the Woods. The story follows The Baker and his wife who wish to have a child, Cinderella who wishes to go the King’s Festival, and Jack who wishes his cow would give some milk. When the Baker and his wife are visited by the neighborhood witch, who reveals to them that she placed a curse on their family, the two set off on a journey into the woods to reverse the curse. Also in the woods, we meet Little Red, who is trying to visit her grandmother, the Wolf who loves tasty little girls, the Witch’s daughter Rapunzel, and the Princes chasing after their loves. By the end of Act I, everyone has gotten their wish and will seemingly live happily ever after. But in Act II, when Jack’s beanstalk brings them a visit from an angry Giant, we see how the consequences of their actions haunt them in disastrous ways. The community must come together to save each other and their kingdom, but sacrifices must be made.

Characters

Narrator
An intellectual and pleasant story-teller who helps to orchestrate the show and illustrate lessons to the audience.
Gender: Male
Vocal range top: E4
Vocal range bottom: G2

Cinderella
A young, earnest maiden who is constantly mistreated by her stepmother and stepsisters.
Gender: Female
Age: 20 to 30
Vocal range top: G5
Vocal range bottom: G3

Jack
The feckless Giant killer who is 'almost a man.' He is adventurous, naive, energetic, and bright-eyed.
Gender: Male
Age: 20 to 30
Vocal range top: G4
Vocal range bottom: B2

Jack's Mother
Browbeating and weary, Jack's protective mother who is independent, bold, and strong-willed.
Gender: Female
Age: 50 to 65
Vocal range top: Gb5
Vocal range bottom: Bb3

The Baker
A harried and insecure baker who is simple and loving, yet protective of his family. He wants his wife to be happy and is willing to do anything to ensure her happiness but refuses to let others fight his battles.
Gender: Male
Age: 35 to 45
Vocal range top: G4
Vocal range bottom: Ab2

The Baker's Wife
Determined and bright woman who wishes to be a mother. She leads a simple, yet satisfying life and is very low-maintenance yet proactive in her endeavors.
Gender: Female
Age: 35 to 45
Vocal range top: G5
Vocal range bottom: F3

Cinderella's Stepmother
The mean-spirited, demanding stepmother of Cinderella.
Gender: Female
Age: 40 to 50
Vocal range top: F#5
Vocal range bottom: A3

Florinda And Lucinda
Cinderella's stepsisters who are black of heart. They follow in their mother's footsteps of abusing Cinderella.
Gender: Female
Age: 25 to 35
Vocal range top: Ab5
Vocal range bottom: C4

Little Red Ridinghood
A spoiled young girl who is strong-willed, quick-wited, fearless, yet youthful and naive.
Gender: Female
Age: 15 to 20
Vocal range top: F5
Vocal range bottom: Bb3

The Witch
Sarcastic, ugly-then-gorgeous, obsessive protector of Rapunzel who is straightforward and aggressive.
Gender: Female
Age: 45 to 55
Vocal range top: G5
Vocal range bottom: F3

Cinderella's Mother
Deceased with her soul guarding and aiding her daughter from a tree.
Gender: Female
Age: 40 to 55
Vocal range top: F4
Vocal range bottom: E4

Mysterious Man
A mischievous vagrant and nosy meddler. He is a good-natured protector and observer.
Gender: Male
Age: 50 to 65
Vocal range top: Eb4
Vocal range bottom: G2

Wolf
Hungry and insatiable hunter who takes advantage of the weak by misleading and captivating his prey.
Gender: Male
Age: 30 to 35
Vocal range top: Gb4
Vocal range bottom: Bb2

Rapunzel
A loopy-but-lovely maiden who is sheltered by the Witch and terribly lonely. She yearns to experience the world.
Gender: Female
Age: 20 to 30
Vocal range top: A5
Vocal range bottom: B3

Cinderella's Prince
Vain and gorgeous, he is a disloyal lover who is currently searching for the next new, exciting thing.
Gender: Male
Age: 30 to 40
Vocal range top: F4
Vocal range bottom: B2

Rapunzel's Prince
Just as vain and gorgeous as his Prince brother, he is always chasing the newest, most exiting endeavor.
Gender: Male
Age: 30 to 40
Vocal range top: E4
Vocal range bottom: C#3

Giant
Voiceover. The Giant's wife is an angry and vengeful 'monster.' She is seeking restitution for her loss.
Gender: Female
Age: 40 to 60