About the Show: 


"James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim take everyone's favorite storybook characters and bring 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.

The story follows 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.

One of Sondheim's most popular works, Into the Woods is a musically sophisticated show with the opportunity to feature actors adept at dark comedy. Designers will especially enjoy highlighting the fantastical elements of this magical word." - MTI Shows



Character Breakdown:


The Narrator
Male or Female, Vocal Range: G2-E4.
A librarian who discovers a hidden book and eventually loses his/her self in the story.
Educated, Engaging, Expendable

The Witch
Female, Vocal Range: F3-G5.
After losing her mother’s magic beans, she is cursed with “ugliness”. She believes that if she can reverse this curse she will be able to secure a lasting life with a child she has kidnapped and kept in a tower. Through her journey, she comes to realize that her wish will not bring her the happiness that she has longed for and decides to take her fate in her own hands.
Twisted, Torn, Triadic

The Baker 
Male, Vocal Range: A Flat 2-G4.
This man is scared by past abandonment and is just trying to get by in life. Because of the lack of a male’s influence, he can’t grasp the reality of being a man, a husband, or a father. As we progress through the show, he learns life is messy and no one is truly alone.
Innocent, Idealist, Ignorant

The Baker’s Wife
Female, Vocal Range: F3-G5.
A mid-western house wife type desperately seeking for her life to be different. I’m not sure if she knows what she wants. Her wishes vary between children to a more glamorous life of royalty. Desperate, Determined, Dreamer

Cinderella
Female, Vocal Range: G3-G5.
She too wishes her life were different. However upon getting her wish, she realizes it’s not what she thought it would be. How can she find middle ground in an ever changing world?
Hopeful, Honorable, Hesitant

Cinderella’s Prince 
Male, Vocal Range: B2-F4.
Men and Women all want to either be or be with him and he knows it. This playboy is use to all the accolades without deserving one of them. Life for him is deciding which maiden to seduce next.
Self-centered, Shallow, Shame-less

Little Red Riding Hood
Female, Vocal Range: B flat 3-F5.
Coming from a life of privilege, this little one must learn to be more cautious. Her carefree lifestyle comes in contact with dangers beyond her imagination. How she deals with these situations will force her to take a good look at herself and everything she thinks she knows. Careless, Caught, Challenged

Jack
Male, Vocal Range: B2-G4.
Feeling he has no friends in the world, he finds solace in the family’s cow. Unable to read his surroundings, he lives his life in dream land. It’s not until he trades the cow for magic beans that his gigantic adventures begin. His quest up a beanstalk teaches him lessons he never thought he would learn. However, with all his experiences he is still search for the ways of being a man. Bullied, Boyish, Beginner

Jack’s Mother
Female or Male, Vocal Range: B flat 3-F5.
A single mother left by a dead beat husband to raise a clueless son whose imaginary friend is a cow. This is a woman who loves her son but wishes he would grow up. She has been beaten down by a life of poverty until her son finds a golden hen. How will she handle this new found way of life?
Jaded, Jilted, Justified

Rapunzel
Female, Vocal Range: B3-A5.
How would you feel if your whole life you’d been trapped in a tower with only a crazy witch to talk to? Here we find a girl who wishes to see the outside world. However her lack of human contact or knowledge of the world proves to be a challenge for her. Upon being banished to aremote desert with her twins by a wondering stranger, she cracks.
Utopian, Used, Unglued

Rapunzel’s Prince
Male, Vocal Range: C Sharp 3–E4.
After having to live in his brother’s shadow for so long, this handsome young lad sets out to seek his own adventures. Upon falling in love with a dreamlike maiden, he is pierced with the realities of life. Will he pursue a family life or try to find happiness elsewhere?
Attractive, Adoring, Annoyed

Cinderella’s Stepmother & Stepsisters (Lucinda and Florinda)
Stepmother: Female, Vocal Range: A3-F Sharp 5.
Lucinda, Florinda (Step-Sisters): Females, Vocal Range: C4-A Flat 5.
These three women are always pursuing a glamorous lifestyle to save them from their current situation. They wear the best that they have in order to mask their poverty. They are like vultures in that they find joy feeding off others.
Fake, Frustrated, Flighty

Mysterious Man
Male, Vocal Range: G2-E Flat 4.
Is he a beggar or a hermit or father to half of our characters? We know at least he is the father of the Baker and Rapunzel. This man is either on the run from responsibilities or can’t stand to face the guilt he has to live with from all the pain he has caused. You decide.
Wacky, Weathered, Withdrawn

Cinderella’s Mother
Female, Vocal Range: G3-A Flat 5.
Her projection of reality is heavenly. She appears in times of trouble to guide her child and help fulfill her wishes.
Heavenly, Helpful, Holographic

Wolf
Male or Female, Vocal Range: B Flat 2-G Flat 4.
This creature is always on the lookout for his next meal. He entices his victims with flowers and fun until they willingly succumb to his desires.
Resourceful, Ruthless, Rocker

Steward
Male or Female
A man servant who is used to doing whatever he has to solve a problem. His only care is to please his master or the strongest personality in the room.
Conniving, Callous, Coward

Granny
Female
This is a woman who has been calloused by life. The fire in her eyes is only out shined by the love in her heart for her granddaughter.
Feisty, Fearless, Fierce

Milky White
Female or Male
A cow that’s seen better days but is best friends with Jack.
Fast, Funny, Fatigued




 



Summer Mainstage 2021








Audition FAQs


ARE AUDITIONS STILL HAPPENING IN PERSON?

Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, we have moved all auditions to digital VIDEO SUBMISSIONS. The deadline for submitting video auditions is April 23rd! The audition form is a google form that includes the ability to upload your audition videos right on the form before you click "submit." You can submit the audition form through this google form link: https://forms.gle/Fcj7exBmYEKKtj9G7


WHAT DO I NEED TO PREPARE FOR MY AUDITION?
Prepare two contrasting 32-bar cuts of musical theatre songs of your choice (in the style of Into the Woods, Stephen Sondheim or contemporary musical theatre) along with a completed audition form (using the link above), a performance resume and a headshot. Be sure to find your own instrumental/accompaniment track that you can sing with in your audition videos!  


CAN I SING A SONG FROM THE SHOW? 
Absolutely! This is your audition and you can sing any musical theatre song of your choice! If you feel that a song from Into the Woods will show your voice off best, that's great! However, we do encourage that you sing from outside of the show as well.


DOES MY PHOTO HAVE TO BE A PROFESSIONAL HEADSHOT? 
While we do recommend that you submit a professional headshot for auditions, it is not required. You can bring any size photo of yourself that you have available that gives us a clear sense of what you look like every day.


WHAT SHOULD I INCLUDE IN MY PERFORMANCE RESUME?
You should include any training and experience relating to singing, acting or dancing, including your experience in any previous theatrical productions. If you are interested in a resume template, please email us for one and we'd be happy to send over an example!


WHAT ROLES ARE AVAILABLE IN THE SHOW?
We have posted a full character breakdown above!


WHEN WILL I HEAR ABOUT CASTING?
We will schedule a round of callbacks to take place on Sunday, April 25th. You will receive an email by Saturday, April 24th if you are asked to attend callbacks. After we review callback materials, our production team will meet to make casting decisions and we will email all auditioners after all casting decisions are made. 


CAN I STILL BE CAST IF I DO NOT GET A CALLBACK?
YES! We will only read for select roles for callbacks so if you do not receive a callback email, that does not mean you aren't cast in the show. Please keep an eye out for the cast list!


WILL THE SHOW BE DOUBLE CAST?
Depending on casting requirements and the number of performers who audition, we may have two separate casts (Cast A & Cast B). If this becomes the case, each cast would have two performances on performance weekend. 


WHEN ARE REHEARSALS?
Rehearsals take place on Monday evenings between 5-9pm, Thursday evenings between 5-9pm, and Saturday afternoons beginning June 7th. Performances run July 22nd-25th.


I MAY HAVE A POSSIBLE CONFLICT DURING THE REHEARSAL PERIOD. WHEN SHOULD I BRING THIS TO SOMEONE'S ATTENTION?
We can approve some conflicts prior to casting! This means that once the cast list is posted, we will not accept any additional conflicts and will adhere to a strict participation and attendance policy (only ONE absence is allowed in the mainstage program). We have a short 6-week rehearsal period prior to tech week and we work at a very intensive pace so if you do have any potential conflicts (sports games, weekly dance class, recital, a one-week vacation, etc.), please make sure you write it down on your audition form. 


WHO DO I CONTACT IF I HAVE ANY QUESTIONS ABOUT AUDITIONS OR VIDEO SUBMISSIONS?
Please email our executive director Stephanie Scuderi at spotlightartsinc@gmail.com (or call our office number at 845-444-2787 and leave a message).


WHO WILL BE REVIEWING MY AUDITION?
Our mainstage creative team who will be reviewing all audition submissions are our Spotlight Arts Executive Director, musical director, choreographer and assistant director.


Any additional questions can be addressed to spotlightartsinc@gmail.com!

SUMMER MAINSTAGE AUDITIONS

Video Submission Deadline: April 23rd

Callbacks: April 25th

Submit Your Audition through this link: https://forms.gle/Fcj7exBmYEKKtj9G7


The Spotlight Arts Summer Mainstage is a large-scale commercial production directed by industry professionals and is by audition only. Rehearsals take place three evenings per week: Note the *NEW* Rehearsal Days!!: Monday evenings, Thursday evenings, & Saturday afternoons beginning June 7th. Only ONE absence is allowed in the mainstage program. However, some conflicts and summer vacations can be pre-approved prior to casting! Be sure to include any and all conflict dates on your audition form!