Thursday, February 13, 2020

BARN THEATRE TO HOLD OPEN AUDITIONS FOR “INTO THE WOODS”

Program Cover for Into the WoodsOPEN AUDITIONS:

The Barn Theatre in Montville, New Jersey continues its 92nd Season by holding open auditions for

Into The Woods 
by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine
directed by Tom Schopper
Music Direction by Jack Bender
choreography by Megan Ferentinos

WHEN: Sunday March 1, 2020 at 7pm and Monday March 2, 2020 at 7 pm.  (Invited callbacks, if necessary, will be held on Saturday, March 7 at 10am.) Actors are asked to arrive to sign in within the first hour of the audition start time on either March 1 or March 2 (no need to attend both). If necessary, callbacks will be by invitation.
WHERE:
Barn Theatre, 32 Skyline Drive in Montville, NJ, just minutes off Route 287 (Exit 47).
For more information visit www.barntheatre.org

Performances: May 15-June 6, 2020 (Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays). Please note there are also benefit performances on May 22 (Friday) and May 28 and June 4 (both Thursdays). All cast members must be available for all performances including Thursday benefits. Please also note: the Saturday, May 16 performance and all Sunday performances are 2pm matinees; all other performances are at 8pm.

Show Description: Into The Woods follows the stories of 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. Everyone's wish is granted, but the consequences of their actions return to haunt them later with disastrous results. Into The Woods is James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim take everyone's favorite storybook characters, bringing them together for a timeless, yet relevant piece ... and a rare modern classic. The Tony Award-winning book and score are both enchanting and touching.

All roles in Into The Woods are available. Casting at The Barn Theatre is always open, and newcomers are especially encouraged and welcomed! Crew and other volunteers are also needed for the show; if you are interested in joining the crew or in volunteering in any way at the Barn, THANK YOU! Please contact info@barntheatre.org.

Please note: as in the original Broadway production, it is intended that the following parts will be doubled by the same actor/actress:

  • Narrator/Mysterious Man
  • Wolf/Cinderella’s Prince
  • Cinderella's Mother/Little Red’s Granny/Giant’s Wife

Cast Requirements/Character Breakdowns:

Narrator / Mysterious Man:
As Narrator: an intellectual and pleasant story-teller who helps to orchestrate the show and illustrate lessons to the audience. As Mysterious Man: a mischievous vagrant and nosy meddler; he is a good-natured protector and observer.
Gender: Male
Age: 45 to 65
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: 18 to 35
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: Later teens to later 20s
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: 28 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: 28 to 45
Vocal range top: G5
Vocal range bottom: F3

Little Red Ridinghood:
A spoiled young girl who is strong-willed, quick-witted, fearless, yet youthful and naive.
Gender: Female
Age: Later teens to later 20s
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: 35 to 55
Vocal range top: G5
Vocal range bottom: F3

Cinderella's Prince / Wolf:
As Prince: vain and gorgeous, he is a disloyal lover who is currently searching for the next new, exciting thing. As the Wolf: hungry and insatiable hunter who takes advantage of the weak by misleading and captivating his prey.
Gender: Male
Age: 30s to 40s
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: 30s to 40s
Vocal range top: E4
Vocal range bottom: C#3

Rapunzel:
A loopy-but-lovely maiden who is sheltered by the Witch and terribly lonely. She yearns to experience the world.
Gender: Female
Age: 18 to 35
Vocal range top: A5
Vocal range bottom: B3

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 “beautiful of face, but vile and 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

Cinderella's Mother (also Little Red’s Granny & Giant’s Wife):
As Cinderella’s Mother: deceased, with her soul guarding and aiding her daughter from a tree. As Little Red’s Granny: a feisty and savage grandmother. As the Giant's wife: an angry and vengeful 'monster' seeking restitution for her loss.
Gender: Female
Age: 40 to 55
Vocal range top: F4
Vocal range bottom: E4

Steward:
Surly, bureaucratic, and full of self-importance (no solo singing, but plenty of good lines).
Gender: Male
Age: 20 to 55
Vocal range: any

Cinderella's Father:
Bumbling, befuddled, ineffectual, out of touch with family, but harmless and well-meaning.
Gender: Male
Age: 40 to 65
Vocal range top: F4
Vocal range bottom: C3