Auditions

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Into the Woods

Music and Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim

Book: James Lapine

Directed by: Logan Vaden

Music Direction by: Chelsea Lerner

Stage Management: Brianna Escobedo

Initial Audition Dates: Saturday, July 24 and Sunday, July 25, 2021 by appointment only. 

Audition Sign Up: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0c45afae2fa3ffce9-auditions

Callbacks: July 31, 2021 (10am-12pm & 1pm-3pm)

Audition and Callback Location: MATCH (Midtown Arts and Theater Center Houston; 3400 Main St. Houston, TX 77002)

Virtual Auditions: While in-person callbacks are necessary, The Garden Theatre will allow initial auditions to take place online if desired. Video submissions are due no later than 11:59pm on Tuesday, July 20. Please upload your video to Youtube as unlisted. The following form will ask for your link. To submit your video, please visit https://forms.gle/L9YYFPDGhKBmrgtDA

Ages: 18+

Audition Requirements: Please prepare a 32 bar cut of a song from a similar musical theatre piece that shows vocal range and emotion. An accompanist will not be provided. Come with a track (no pre-recorded vocals) on your phone or any other music playing device. No acapella singing allowed. A cord to plug your device into the system will be provided. Prepare a second contrasting song in the event that the creative team asks to hear one. Please bring a copy of your headshot and resume. Please be prepared to provide any rehearsal conflicts you may have. Conflicts on performance dates are not permitted if cast. 

Health and Safety: In order to create the safest environment possible, The Garden Theatre is requiring all cast members to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19. Proof of vaccination will be required at the time of call-backs. 

Performance Dates: October 22-31, 2021 (10 performances; Call time is one hour before each performance.)

                                 

Friday, October 22: 8pm

Saturday, October 23: 2pm

Saturday, October 23: 8pm

Sunday, October 24: 2pm

Sunday, October 24: 7:30pm

Thursday, October 28: 7:30pm

Friday, October 29: 8pm

Saturday, October 30: 2pm

Saturday, October 30: 8pm

Sunday, October 31: 2pm

Performance Venue: MATCH- Matchbox 1

First Day of Rehearsal: August 28, 2021

Rehearsal Schedule: Please note that you may not be called to all rehearsals. 

Tuesdays: 7pm-10pm

Wednesdays: 7pm-10pm

Saturdays: 10am-2pm

Sundays: 6pm-9pm

Tech Week: Tech will be held in the theatre October 18-21 from 6pm-11pm. 

Rehearsal Location: Rehearsal locations will vary based off of need. All rehearsals will be held within the 610 loop. 

 

Compensation: This is a non-union production. Each performer will receive a gas stipend. 

                                      

Synopsis: Into the Woods follows a Baker and his wife, who wish to have a child; Cinderella, who wishes to attend the King's Festival; Little Red Riding Hood, who wishes to find her grandmother's house; and Jack (of Jack and the Beanstalk fame), 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.

Concept: The Garden Theatre will be taking a different approach to our production of Into the Woods. While the show will be performed in a theatre, we will set it within a library. As the house opens, the audience will enter the library's story time. A library employee (later The Narrator) will sit and read children's books. The cast will file in with the audience to listen to story time. As show time approaches, the library employee will ask for volunteers to tell the final story: Into the Woods. The cast will be the volunteers. The Garden Theatre will only cast ten people for this show. Each performer will play multiple characters. See below for further character breakdown and track information. 

Casting: The Garden Theatre is committed to bringing Houston (the most diverse city in the country) to our stage. It is written into the by-laws of our organization that we do not discriminate against age, sex, race, color, nationality, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, or disability. We encourage all who are interested to audition. 

Character Breakdown: Please note that we are open to changing the vocal ranges based on the performer's gender identity. Please see the next section for the tracks the cast of 10 will perform. 

Narrator

An intellectual and pleasant story-teller who helps to orchestrate the show and illustrate lessons to the audience.

Gender: Male identifying

Vocal range top: E4

Vocal range bottom: G2

 

Cinderella

A young, earnest maiden who is constantly mistreated by her stepmother and stepsisters.

Gender: Female identifying

Age: 20 to 30

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 identifying

Age: 20 to 30

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 identifying

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 identifying

Age: 35 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 identifying

Age: 35 to 45

Vocal range top: G5

Vocal range bottom: F3

 

Cinderella's Stepmother

The mean-spirited, demanding stepmother of Cinderella.

Gender: Female identifying

Age: 40 to 50

Vocal range top: F#5

Vocal range bottom: A3

 

Florinda And Lucinda

Cinderella's stepsisters who are black of heart. They follow in their mother's footsteps of abusing Cinderella.

Gender: Female (played by male-identifying performers)

Age: 25 to 35

Vocal range top: Ab5

Vocal range bottom: C4

 

Little Red Ridinghood

A spoiled young girl who is strong-willed, quick-wited, fearless, yet youthful and naive.

Gender: Female identifying

Age: 15 to 20

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 identifying

Age: 45 to 55

Vocal range top: G5

Vocal range bottom: F3

 

Cinderella's Mother

Deceased with her soul guarding and aiding her daughter from a tree.

Gender: Female identifying

Age: 40 to 55

Vocal range top: F4

Vocal range bottom: E4

 

Mysterious Man

A mischievous vagrant and nosy meddler. He is a good-natured protector and observer.

Gender: Male identifying

Age: 50 to 65

Vocal range top: Eb4

Vocal range bottom: G2

 

Wolf

Hungry and insatiable hunter who takes advantage of the weak by misleading and captivating his prey.

Gender: Male identifying

Age: 30 to 35

Vocal range top: Gb4

Vocal range bottom: Bb2

 

Rapunzel

A loopy-but-lovely maiden who is sheltered by the Witch and terribly lonely. She yearns to experience the world.

Gender: Female identifying

Age: 20 to 30

Vocal range top: A5

Vocal range bottom: B3

 

Cinderella's Prince

Vain and gorgeous, he is a disloyal lover who is currently searching for the next new, exciting thing.

Gender: Male identifying

Age: 30 to 40

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 identifying

Age: 30 to 40

Vocal range top: E4

Vocal range bottom: C#3

Actor Tracks:

Track 1: Baker's Wife

 

Track 2: Lucinda, Wolf, Cinderella's Prince

 

Track 3: Mysterious Man, Narrator

 

Track 4: Milky White, Florinda, Rapunzel’s Prince, Wolf

 

Track 5: Cinderella’s Stepmother, Jack’s Mother

 

Track 6: Cinderella, Granny

 

Track 7: Witch, Cinderella's Mother

 

Track 8: Jack, Steward

 

Track 9: Baker

 

Track 10: Little Red Ridinghood, Rapunzel

Questions: For further questions about auditions, please email Founding Artistic Director, Logan Vaden, at logan@thegardentheatre.org.