Auditions for Spring Musical “Into the Woods”

This spring, NCC is producing an outdoor production of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s Tony award-winning Broadway musical, Into the Woods. We’re casting a large, diverse ensemble with tons of fun roles!

Audition Information:
Auditions are fun and non-stressful!  If you know two contrasting songs, please prepare one minute or less of each song. Can sing with karaoke/instrumental track. It’s okay to sing something from the show, but you can also sing whatever you’d like.  Whatever you have, we’ll make it work!

First Audition (in E108)
For the first audition, we’ll sing your pieces and read some lines from the script.  Please sign up at E108 or email cmangone@norwalk.edu for an individual 15-minute audition slot. The possible times are: Thursday, Jan. 27 (4:30-10pm), Friday, Jan. 28 (2:00-7:00pm) or Monday, Jan. 31 (12:00-2:00pm or 4:00-5:30pm)  (Tuesday, Feb. 1, 1:00-3:30pm will be a make-up day for first auditions.) 

Call-Backs in Theater
Call-Backs are on Tuesday, Feb. 1, 4:30-10:00pm. For call-backs, you’ll get a specific role to read for, with a part of a song to learn, and specific pages to read.  

All audition materials will be available for you on 1/21.  You can pick them up at E108 or email cmangone@norwalk.edu for electronic copies.  These materials include:

  • An audition form to fill out/submit at first audition.
  • The rehearsal/performance calendar with all the specific dates.
  • Audition scenes/songs that we’ll use at call-backs for each character and links to the music.
  • A full script (If picking up at E108, you’ll need to sign out a copy.)

If you’re interested in working behind the scenes, stage-managing, helping with/creating props, or building the set, please contact the above email.  Looking for carpenters and volunteers (especially during spring break)!

Rehearsal and Performance Schedule:
We have 8 OUTDOOR shows scheduled for the end of April for small audiences in the music-room courtyard. Rehearsals are on Tuesday and Thursday nights, Friday afternoons, and some Saturdays. If you have rehearsal conflicts but can commit to the two weeks at the end of April, definitely still audition because not everyone will be required to be at every rehearsal.  Rehearsals are often broken up into individual scenes. We can usually find a way to make it work!

COVID Policy:
To participate in the production, onstage or behind the scenes, everyone is required to be up to date on vaccinations. The booster shot is required if it’s been more than six months since Moderna/Pfizer vaccination or more than two months since J&J.

Character Descriptions:
*Note: some of these characters may be doubled by one actor in the production.  

NARRATOR
An intellectual and engaging storyteller who helps to orchestrate the show and illustrate lessons to the audience.

CINDERELLA
A young, earnest maiden who (like in the fairytale) is mistreated by her stepmother and stepsisters.  Not altogether impressed with the King’s Festival.

JACK
Sweet, but irresponsible. (He keeps climbing the bean stock and stealing things!) Jack hasn’t quite grown up yet; he is adventurous, naive, energetic, and bright-eyed…and, he kills a giant.

JACK’S MOTHER
Browbeating and weary, Jack’s protective mother is independent, bold, and strong-willed.  No one pays any attention to her claim that a giant’s been killed in her backyard!

THE BAKER
A harried and insecure baker who is simple and loving; tries to protect his family. He loves his wife and is willing to do anything to make her happy (and break the witch’s spell), but he refuses to let others fight his battles.  He finally realizes that his wife can fight their battles too… and quite well!

THE BAKER’S WIFE
A determined and bright woman who wishes to be a mother. She leads a simple yet satisfying life and is very independent and proactive in her endeavors.  She’s also fearless of adventures!

LITTLE RED RIDINGHOOD
A young girl who is strong-willed, quick-witted, and fearless, yet, youthful and naive.  Strong comedic timing.

THE WITCH
Powerful, casts spells, sarcastic, comedic, obsessive protector of Rapunzel who is straightforward, aggressive and also compassionate! Powerful voice; she even raps.

RAPUNZEL
A loopy-but-lovely maiden who is sheltered by the Witch and terribly lonely because, well, she’s been stuck/isolated in a tree her whole life!  She wants to experience the world, but she doesn’t handle her new freedom all that well.

CINDERELLA’S PRINCE
Vain and gorgeous, he is a disloyal lover who is currently searching for the next new, exciting thing.  Comedic how in love with himself he is.

RAPUNZEL’S PRINCE
Just as vain and gorgeous as his Prince brother.  Comedic in his conceit.

MYSTERIOUS MAN
A mischievous vagrant and nosy meddler, who we learn is the Baker’s father. He is a good-natured protector and observer.

WOLF
Tricks Little Red Riding Hood and eats her (and grandma).  Uses his charm to fool her. Comedic in that he thinks/acts like he’s a rock star.  (Use of puppetry for this character.)  

STEWARD Loyal to Cinderella’s Prince to a fault. Loves order and wants to maintain it, even in absurd circumstances. Has strong comedic timing.

CINDERELLA’S MOTHER
Deceased, but her kind soul guards and guides her daughter.

CINDERELLA’S STEPMOTHER
The mean-spirited, demanding stepmother of Cinderella… just like the fairytale.

LUCINDA
Cinderella’s stepsister. Shallow and mean to Cinderella. The world revolves around her.  Comedic in her conceit.

FLORINDA
Cinderella’s stepsister. Oblivious to her own flaws, and also comedic in that the world revolves around her.

LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD’S GRANDMOTHER  
The salt of the earth and deeply passionate about life.

CINDERELLA’S FATHER
Willfully ignorant. Prioritizes his new family over his first daughter.

GIANT
Voiceover. The Giant’s wife is an angry and vengeful ‘monster.’ She is seeking justice for her husband’s death. Powerful voice!

ENSEMBLE/ “STAGE-HANDS” 
All the characters are part of the ensemble and take on the roles of “stage-hands;” manipulating the birds, cow, hen, and various theatrical feats onstage.

 

Please email Christine Mangone with any questions at cmangone@norwalk.edu

Thank you, and BREAK A LEG!