Into the Woods Jr
Book by James Lapine
Music & Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Be careful what you wish for! This adaptation of Stephen Sondheim’s and James Lapine’s groundbreaking, Tony Award-winning musical features all of your favorite characters – Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack (and his beanstalk), and the Witch, in this lyrically rich retelling of classic Brothers Grimm fables.
The musical centers on 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 and wind up changed forever.
Directed by Keith Moore, owner of Mooreland Productions
-professionally trained singer and pianist, directed multiple sold out productions at Rochester Fringe Fest, Greece Paint Players productions and more.
Cinderella – Cinderella is at once beautiful, in a yet-to-be-discovered sort of way, and surprisingly clumsy and awkward. She persistently pursues her wish to go to the King’s Festival, yet finds that “the Festival” ultimately does not meet her expectations. Directors have an opportunity in casting Cinderella to go for the unusual. She should be able to sing well and be funny, without being a clown or mugging.
Jack – Jack’s own mother expresses her fear that Jack may not be the brightest boy. The fact that Jack’s best friend is the family cow, Milky White, further brings into question his intelligence. However, Jack may enter the woods as a simple boy, but he leaves much more grown-up. You’ll want to cast an actor capable of this transition. In addition to having many lines, Jack is responsible for singing two of the best-loved songs, “I Guess This is Goodbye” and “Giants in the Sky.” Therefore, he should be an excellent singer and a good actor. Further, it helps to have a young man whose voice has not yet changed, although the score allows for a changed voice. This is a role that could conceivably be played by a young woman; however, you will want to make sure she plays it as a boy and doesn’t change the intended gender of the character.
Jack’s Mother – This woman is overworked, a bit frazzled, and overwhelmed with the tasks of raising a young boy, running a farm, and making ends meet. Jack’s Mother is described physically as “not quite pretty” and should be comfortable playing frumpy. This is mainly an acting role and therefore requires an actress with an easily projected, authoritative voice.
Baker – The Baker changes the most as a result of his journey through the woods. At first he is reluctant to seek the help of his wife. It is through the tribulations of gathering the Witch’s items that the Baker realizes, in order to achieve his wish, it will take the help of his wife. The Baker has one of the most difficult roles. He must be strong willed, yet the audience must like him; while he’s denying the help of his wife, he must also portray a sense of needing and even wanting her help. The audience should never doubt the Baker is a good-hearted person, trying to do what is right.
Baker’s Wife – INTO THE WOODS JR. is truly an ensemble show. However, it is the Baker’s Wife who drives the show forward and ties the characters together. The Baker’s Wife is strong, determined, and patient. The audience should identify with her and root for a successful fulfillment of her wish. The role requires excellent singing and acting, plus a good sense of comic timing.
Little Red Ridinghood – Pushy, bratty, over-fed, and spoiled best describe this character at the opening of the show. Her journey teaches her some very important lessons regarding strangers and trust. Little Red must be able to be loud vocally (think Annie gone very bad) and an actress able to be all the above, and still draw the audience’s sympathy.
The Witch – begins the show as ugly, old, extremely aggressive, sarcastic, and powerful. Ultimately, she sacrifices her power for beauty. The Witch should be mysterious and mischievous, and yet we learn that she is really only doing what she thought was best for her child. The Witch is perhaps the ultimate “character” role and should be played by an actress able to physically and vocally interpret the role.
Cinderella’s Mother – This role is a one scene wonder. The voice should be pleasant. Cinderella’s Mother is a collection of remembered mannerisms and sayings.
Mysterious Man – This role is all that the name implies. The role may be doubled by the Narrator, as on Broadway, or may be played by a different actor.
Narrator – This is the character who describes the action, but eventually gets involved…Generally, this role is doubled by the Mysterious Man.
Wolf – The Wolf can be played any number of ways. However, he should be properly slimy and a bit creepy. There is also no reason why the Wolf cannot be played by a young woman. This role may be doubled by one of the Princes.
Rapunzel – must stand up to her mother and eventually leave her for the world. This role requires an excellent soprano voice.
The Steward – This servant to Cinderella’s Prince is a nice featured role. A few lines, both sung and spoken, are a great place for an actor ready to gain some experience in an ensemble show.
Cinderella’s Family – This family is a bit off-beat at best. Cinderella’s Stepmother mocks her, represents the interests of her birth daughters over Cinderella’s basic needs, and is selfish, mean, and nasty. Florinda and Lucinda are spoiled brats who will do anything to win the heart of the Prince — even if it means sacrificing flesh from their bodies! Cinderella’s Father is actually only in one scene (although he could be added to others) and shows absolutely no interest in anything. Vocal Range:
Rapunzel’s Prince and Cinderella’s Prince – Pompous, conceited, and self-absorbed are the best ways to describe these brothers. They should be able to carry themselves with confidence that defies the Richter scale. They also have a bit of sibling rivalry! Both should be good, solid singers.
Granny – Good speaking voice, fiesty and fierce, may be doubled with Cinderella’s Mother.
Milky White – Good part for young child, moves well.
Everyone will be cast!!
March 29th 3-5pm
March 30th 3-5pm
Callbacks: March 31st if needed
Age range: 5—17
Once you register for auditions, you will be emailed a link to choose a day/time that works for you. If you cannot make either of those days, please email us for other arrangements.
Rehearsals Tuesdays 3pm-5pm
April 6-June 15 @ Fast Break Sports
(Possibly additional day occasionally for lead parts as available)
Dress Rehearsal Week June 20th
Shows Friday June 25 (1) and Saturday June 26 (2)
Cost: $299 for 12 weeks
*payment plan available!*
$25 audition cost goes towards overall cost, non refundable if you decide to not participate in the show
Sibling Discount: $50/off each child
Financial Aid is available, we won’t ever turn anyone away!!
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- Everyone attending will be participating at their own risk.
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- We do not discriminate against anyone, and are inclusive and accessible to all. Therefore masks are at the discretion of each family and we will respect the medical decision that each family chooses.
- Sanitizing stations will be available throughout the facility and encouraged to be used.
- water fountains are not in use at the facility
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Anyone not adhering to the above and other health and safety guidelines, may be asked to leave the facility.