Auditions – “Into the Woods”

Into the Woods auditions will be

  • Sunday September 25 1 – 4
  • Monday September 26 7 – 9
  • Callbacks – Wednesday September 28 at 7 p.m.

All auditions are at the Firehall Theatre, 213 Second St. Cobourg.

Northumberland Players values and strives for a safe, discrimination-free, and inclusive environment.

Audition Process

For those wishing to audition who may not be familiar with the show – a character breakdown and vocal range document is included below.

Prepare one song section from the character breakdown below; please note there are start and stop indicators. As these selections are relatively short, you are expected to have your selection well memorized. 

To download the sheet music, right-click and choose “Save as…”.

Arrive early before your time slot to complete paperwork and get comfortable, focussed and energized.

Each group audition time slot will be approximately twenty minutes in length.  The auditionees will be welcomed into the audition room in groups of four, with each auditionee given approximately five minutes to perform individually and answer a few questions.

You will be expected to perform the song selection as well as sing it.

Accompaniment will be provided. Pre-recordings are discouraged.

You will be asked if you have a particular role in mind and if you would be open to playing other roles.

For the health of the cast and crew, you will need to agree to all COVID protocols and must be double vaccinated. A booster is recommended.

Rehearsals

Come prepared knowing your rehearsal availability.  Rehearsals will be Sunday afternoons and Thursday evenings starting after Thanksgiving.

Book an Audition / Questions

All correspondence and audition bookings to be sent to npintothewoods@gmail.com

Parts

The Baker

The “hero” of the story, although his actions are not always heroic. The Baker feels he must “fix” his
and his wife’s inability to have children and initially tries to pursue his quest without her, but he soon
realizes he is much better off with her by his side. The Baker is an original character created for the
musical but inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’ Thumbelina and The Brothers Grimm’s tale
Rapunzel.

Vocal Range: Baritone (Ab2-G4)

Audition: No More (download), measure 76 to the end

The Baker’s Wife

Badly wanting a child, the Baker’s Wife would go to any length to have one. However, when her
husband sets off into the woods to seek the things that would enable them to remove their “curse” of
infertility, her assertiveness and stubbornness eventually help bring about a change between her and
her husband. The Baker’s Wife is an original character created for the musical but inspired by Hans
Christian Andersen’s Thumbelina and The Brothers Grimm’ tale Rapunzel.

Vocal Range: Mezzo-Soprano (F3-G5)

Audition: Moments in the Woods (download), start to measure 44

Little Red Riding Hood

Little Red Riding Hood must journey from youth and innocence into adulthood. Until The Wolf comes
along, she believes that everything and everyone is good in her life, and everyone is to be trusted.
However, this encounter causes her to grow up, and she must take responsibility by taking her journey
through the woods. The Brothers Grimm’s tale is a metaphor for the loss of innocence.

Vocal Range: Mezzo-Soprano (Bb3-F5)

Audition: I Know Things Now (download)

The Witch

Initially portrayed as “the villain,” the Witch’s story is much more complicated. At times, yes, she is an
adversary, but the Witch is just as human as the characters who cross her path. She has an ulterior
motive when she reveals she was the one who placed the curse of infertility on the Baker’s family. The
Witch is an original character created for the musical but loosely based on the Witch from The Brothers Grimm’s Rapunzel tale.

Vocal Range: Mezzo-Soprano (Bb3-F5)

Audition: The Last Midnight (download), starting at measure 90

Cinderella

Even though she lives with her father, wicked stepmother, and two cruel stepsisters, Cinderella is kind
and good, and her only wish is to go to the Prince’s festival (a.k.a. The Ball), but once she does go and
the Prince pursues her, she is uncertain about how to proceed. The story of Cinderella originates from
a tale called Rhodopis, from the first century BC. In Rhodopis, a Greek courtesan weds the king of
Egypt after a bird brings him one of her shoes. This story is the basis for the lost glass slipper we
associate with Cinderella and her Prince. However, The Brothers Grimm’s tale is the most well-known.

Vocal Range: Mezzo-Soprano (Bb3-F5)

Audition: On the Steps of the Palace (download), start to measure 57

Jack

Foolhardy, sometimes dense, and desperate for a better life, Jack sells his beloved cow Milky White for magic beans which lead him up the beanstalk and on a journey of growing up and learning to accept the consequences. The original story first appeared as The Story of Jack Spriggins and the Enchanted Bean in 1734.

Vocal Range: Tenor (B2-G4)

Audition: Giants in the Sky (download), start to measure 36

Cinderella’s Stepsisters, Florinda & Lucinda

Cinderella’s cruel stepsisters who follow in their mother’s footsteps. While the sisters experienced an
ambiquous fate as part of a certain animated movie, their story in the musical closely follows The
Brothers Grimm’s tale.

Vocal Range: Mezzo-Soprano (C4-Ab5)

Audition: Opening Part 9 (download), measure 35 to the end

Jack’s Mother

A single mother and a fighter, Jack’s Mother is mainly concerned with not starving. She forces Jack to
sell his beloved cow, Milky White, to survive. She first appeared as part of The Story of Jack Spriggins
and the Enchanted Bean in 1734.

Vocal Range: Soprano (Bb3-Gb5)

Audition: Opening Part 5 (download), measures 11 to 39 song and dialogue

Rapunzel’s Prince

Attractive and pompous like his brother, Cinderella’s Prince, he is second-in-line, has a chip on his
shoulder, and is always searching for the next best thing. He tries his best to help when Rapunzel starts to lose her grip on reality. He appeared as part of The Brothers Grimm’s tale, Rapunzel.

Vocal Range: Bass-Baritone (Bb3-Gb5)

Audition: Agony (download), part for Rapunzel’s Prince

Cinderella’s Prince/The Wolf

Though charming, handsome, and seemingly perfect, Cinderella’s Prince thinks his royal birth entitles
him to take anything, and anyone, he wants. Also known as Prince Charming in other tales, he appears
as part of Ihe Brothers Grimm’s tale.

Vocal Range: Bass-Baritone (B2-F4)

A rather hungry creature, the Wolf represents imminent danger and the chaos of life and death. The
Wolf appears in many versions of the Little Red tale, but the most well-known is The Brothers Grimm’s
tale.

Vocal Range: Baritone (Bb2-Gb4)

Audition: Agony (download), part for Cinderella’s Prince

Cinderella’s Stepmother

Psychologically abusive, greedy, selfish, and mean-spirited, Cinderella’s Stepmother wants what is best for herself and her two daughters, but not Cinderella. She initially appeared as part of The Brothers Grimm’s tale.

Vocal Range: Mezzo-Soprano (A3-F#5)

Audition: Opening Part 7 (download), all

Narrator/The Mysterious Man

Following the path of teachers and parents’ footsteps, the Narrator helps guide the story along. The
Narrator is an original character created for the musical.

Vocal Range: Baritone (G2-E4)

A wandering vagrant found in the woods, he is full or riddles and an important secret. The Mysterious
Man is an original character created for the musical.

Vocal Range: Bass-Baritone (G2-Eb4)

Audition: No More (download), measures 29 to 68

Rapunzel

Raised and locked away by The Witch, Rapunzel grew up confined to a tower in the woods; and even
though she escapes to start a new life and understand her true history, she struggles to maintain her
sanity after her distressing upbringing. Her story originates in her very own Brothers Grimm’s tale.

Vocal Range: Soprano (B3-A5)

Audition: Our Little World (download), measures 20 to 39

Cinderella’s Mother/Granny/Voice of the Giant

Though no longer living, Cinderella’s Mother is still pivotal in granting useful advice and helping fulfill
Cinderella’s wish of going to the Prince’s ball. While not directly referred to, her hazel tree is part of The Brothers Grimm’s tale.

Vocal Range: Soprano (E4-F4)

Little Red’s grandmother who lives in the woods. She is feisty and vindictive towards the Wolf. She is a
primary character in The Brothers Grimm’s tale.

Vocal Range: Spoken

The giant’s wife that lives at the top of the beanstalk. She is loud, angry, and very, very big. She
appeared as part of The Story of Jack Spriggins and the Enchanted Bean in 1734.

Vocal Range: Spoken

Audition: Cinderella At The Grave (download), dialogue and song from measure 19 to 31 

The Steward

An attendant of Cinderella’s Prince, he is a self-important, surly servant to the royal family. While we
see his character in a certain animated version, he is not directly referred to in the original Brothers
Grimm’s tale.

Vocal Range: Bass-Baritone (G2-Eb4)

Audition: Opening Part 9 (download), from measure 35 to the end

Sleeping Beauty and Snow White

Damsels in distress that catch the wandering eyes of Cinderella’s and Rapunzel’s princes. Though they only appear for a few moments at the show’s end, each has an important and well-known backstory not covered in the show.

Vocal Range: Mezzo-Soprano (F3-G5)

Red Riding Hood’s Mother

Audition: Opening Part 9 (download), from measure 35 to the end

Cinderella’s Father

Audition: Opening Part 9 (download), from measure 35 to the end