June 22 & 26

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Thank you for your interest in auditioning for a GREAT show! If you’ve auditioned for us before, welcome back! If this is your first time auditioning at GREAT, we’re thrilled to have you! We are in our 27th season and are excited to add new people, new talent, and new voices to our company as well as welcome returning volunteers to our stages! Whether you’re a seasoned performer or you’ve never been on stage before, we encourage you to audition!

 

BE PART OF THE STORY 

Into the Woods is a Tony-award winning musical known for its clever storytelling and exquisite music with brilliant lyrics – making it a delight for actors, creative team, and audience! It’s Sondheim, so it’s a show that features complex characters and challenging lyrics and melodies. With a smaller cast (approximately twenty roles), comedic moments, and poignant reflections, this show provides an opportunity for actors to delve into character and vocal work. It’s less of a dance show and has a place for the “movers.” 

 

KEY DATES

Auditions: Saturday, June 22nd (10am-3pm) and Wednesday, June 26th (6-9pm) at Helgeson Learning Lab Theatre

Callbacks: Saturday, June 29th (10am-3pm)

Cast Meeting: Wednesday, July 17th (6pm – 9pm)

Rehearsals: Every Monday, Tuesday, & Thursday (6-9pm) and some Saturdays (10am-3pm) starting on July 22nd. Please note that not everyone is called for every rehearsal.

Tech/Dress Rehearsals: September 9th-12th (5-10pm)

Performances: 

  • Friday, September 13th from 6:00p-10:00p (7:30p Performance)
  • Saturday, September 14th from 6:00p-10:00p (7:30p Performance)
  • Sunday, September 15th from 12:30p-4:30p (2:00p Performance)
  • Thursday, September 19th from 6:00p-10:00p (Hold) (7:30p Performance)
  • Friday, September 20th from 6:00p-10:00p (7:30p ASL Performance)
  • Saturday, September 21st from 12:30p-4:30p (Hold) (2:00p Performance)
  • Saturday, September 21st from 6:00p-10:00p (7:30p Performance)
  • Sunday, September 22nd from 12:30p-4:30p (2:00p Performance)

WHAT TO PREPARE

Actors should come prepared to sing the selection for the character they would most like to be considered for as well as dress comfortably for movement. Each group will participate in a movement exercise that revolves around the performer’s ability to be creative in how they physicalize the characters from this show.

Cinderella’s Prince/Rapunzel’s Prince – “Agony”

Jack – “Giants in the Sky”

Little Red Ridinghood – “I Know Things Now”

Narrator/ Mysterious Man – “No More,” m. 69 – 109

Rapunzel – Selections

Cinderella – “On the Steps of the Palace”

Narrator/ Mysterious Man – “No More,” m. 69 – 109

Baker’s Wife – “Moments in the Woods”

Baker – “No More,” m. 116 – 146.

Witch – “Witch’s Lament”

Wolf – “Hello Little Girl” 

Ensemble – “Finale part IV,” m. 30-47.

 

PRODUCTION TEAM

Director: Ethan Nienaber
Assistant Director: Luke Reber
Music Director: Hillary Vermillion
Scenic Designer: Anthony Freitas
Costume Designer: Jessica Mancini
Lighting Designer: Shannon Elliott
Sound Designer: Steven Sanders
Prop Manager: Bonnie Bologna
Stage Manager: Madison Kessel


A Note On Theatrical Intimacy:

Theatrical intimacy is any action on stage where the given circumstances of the scene or the overall production calls for touch, both physical and imaginative, or moments between actors of simulated sexuality or sexual violence.

GREAT has been learning from Intimacy Directors & Coordinators (IDC) to improve processes and incorporate safer practices for theatrical intimacy in our rehearsals.

All scenes with intimacy follow a specific set of staging and rehearsal protocols rooted in consent and safety for the actors.


CHARACTER LIST AND DESCRIPTIONS

Please note that all ages are that of the character and are only meant to denote what must be portrayed on stage, actors of all ages/races/genders are encouraged to audition for the role(s) they feel they suit best.

Note: We will also be casting alternates for the following roles – Cinderella, Baker, Jack, Little Red, Witch, Baker’s Wife, Wolf/Cinderella’s Prince.

ALTERNATE – An alternate is an understudy who has a scheduled performance. Alternates are guaranteed rehearsal time and one performance. As an Alternate in Into the Woods, you may also be an understudy for another role.

UNDERSTUDYFor Into the Woods an understudy will cover a role/roles but is not guaranteed a performance in the role they are understudying. IN ADDITION to understudying, you will also have a smaller role which you will perform for all performances OR an Alternate role where you will perform once. Understudies are guaranteed rehearsal time.

CINDERELLA – 18-28 years old, female presenting. A young adult in the midst of discovering herself. She flees her abusive home to attend the King’s festival and ends up pursued by a Prince. Soprano Vocal Range: G3-G5

BAKER – 30-45 years old, male presenting. A hopeful, simple man and pastry chef. He sets into the woods to become a new father and quickly finds himself reckoning with his past while attempting to foster his future. Baritone Vocal Range: A Flat 2-G4

JACK – 16-20 years old, male presenting. An empty brained youth obsessed with his only friend in the world, his cow, Milky White. He wishes to provide for his mother by venturing out to sell Milky White and ends up climbing a beanstalk to reach the realm of the Giants where he learns important life lessons that have costly consequences. Tenor Vocal Range: B2-G4

LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD – 13-18 years old, female presenting. A strong willed, quick witted yet naive girl bringing sweets to her Granny, she learns an important childhood lesson when The Wolf diverts her from the path. She becomes a fiery, confident and potentially dangerous girl once she dons the skins of the Wolf that ate her and Granny. Mezzo Soprano Vocal Range: B flat 3-F5

BAKER’S WIFE – 30-45 years old, female presenting. Being married to a baker doesn’t come with everything she hoped, particularly a child. She sets out to support her husband on their venture to lift the curse preventing them from having their son. However, once the family is complete, she still wonders if peasant life is what she really wants. Actor must be comfortable with stage intimacy: kiss. Mezzo Soprano Vocal Range: F3-G5

WITCH – 30+ years old, female presenting. Rapunzel’s only family that she knows, the Witch has been the unhappy neighbor of the Baker and his family for generations. She wishes to regain her beauty but can only do so with the Baker’s help of reversing the curse. Reckoning with the role of parents in our lives, she leaves us with the quintessential message, “Children Will Listen”. Mezzo Soprano Vocal Range: F3-G5

JACK’S MOTHER/GRANNY – 45+ years old, female presenting. Actor to double as both roles. Jack’s Mother wants security and to pull her family out of poverty while Granny wishes to support her grandchild Little Red as they find that the “Mouth of the Wolf is not the end of the world”. Mezzo Soprano/Soprano Vocal Range: B flat 3-F5

NARRATOR/MYSTERIOUS MAN – 45+ years old, male presenting. Actor to double as both roles. As Narrator, he ushers our stories along from a god-like perspective until the characters take issue to his lack of consequences compared to theirs. As Mysterious Man, he wishes to undo his shortcomings as a father and hopes to finally do something to help his son. Bass/Baritone Vocal Range: G2-E4

THE WOLF/CINDERELLA’S PRINCE – 20-30 years old, male presenting. Actor to double as both roles. As the Wolf, he is looking for his next meal and finds great joy in having a buffet between Granny & Little Red. As Cinderella’s Prince, he takes pleasure in seeking what he feels is his right – glory and beautiful maidens. Actor must be comfortable with stage intimacy: kiss. Baritone Vocal Range: B Flat 2-G Flat 4

RAPUNZEL’S PRINCE – 20-30 years old, male presenting. The second half of the brotherly Princes, he competes with his brother, Cinderella’s Prince, to find the best maiden with the most glorious venture to make her his own. Baritone Vocal Range: C Sharp 3–E4

STEPMOTHER – 40+ years old, female presenting. Cinderella’s mean-spirited stepmother, she demands Cinderella wait on her daughters every need while neglecting any semblance of parental duty. Mezzo Soprano Vocal Range: A3-F Sharp 5

FLORINDA – 18-28 years old, female presenting. One of Cinderella’s beautiful yet black-hearted stepsisters. She mutilates herself just for a chance at being a Princess but has to live with the consequences without ever becoming royalty. Mezzo Soprano Vocal Range: C4-A Flat 5

LUCINDA – 18-28 years old, female presenting. One of Cinderella’s beautiful yet black-hearted stepsisters. She mutilates herself just for a chance at being a Princess but has to live with the consequences without ever becoming royalty. Mezzo Soprano Vocal Range: C4-A Flat 5

RAPUNZEL/CINDERELLA’S MOTHER – 18-28 years old, female presenting. Actor to double as both roles. As Rapunzel, she is a loopy-but-lovely maiden who is sheltered by the Witch and terribly lonely. She wishes to see the world outside of her tower. As Cinderella’s Mother, she is the only positive parental figure in her life yet serves as much from beyond the grave. High Soprano Vocal Range: B3-A5

STEWARD/CINDERELLA’S FATHER – 40+ years old, male presenting. Actor to double as both roles. As Cinderella’s Father, he wishes to be as close to the wine and far from his worries or responsibilities as possible. As Steward, he shepherds the Princes around the kingdom, minding that the greater good is cared for. No solo singing – Ensemble singer of any voice range.

MILKY WHITE – Any age, any gender. The vehicle for the curse to be reversed, Milky White has a front row seat to all of the journeying and growing that happens to our characters while she is in their possession. Actor must be comfortable with unconventional ways of moving and expressing themself through puppetry. No solo singing – Ensemble singer of any voice range.

SNOW WHITE/PUPPETEER/UNDERSTUDY – 18-28 years old, female presenting. Actor to double as both roles in addition to Understudying. Actor to serve as on-stage understudy both as Snow White in the conclusion of the story as well as a puppeteer throughout various moments. Vocal Range dependent on role Understudying.

SLEEPING BEAUTY/PUPPETEER/UNDERSTUDY – 18-28 years old, female presenting. Actor to double as both roles in addition to Understudying. Actor to serve as on-stage understudy both as Snow White in the conclusion of the story as well as a puppeteer throughout various moments. Vocal Range dependent on role Understudying.

Calendar for Audition for Into the Woods

  • 10:00am CDT
  • 6:00pm CDT