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Big Noise Theatre

Auditions for BNT's INTO THE WOODS

Big Noise Theatre is excited to announce Non-Equity auditions for INTO THE WOODS. James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim take everyone’s favorite storybook characters and bring them together for a timeless, yet relevant, musical...and a rare modern classic.

Directed by Brent Walker
Assistant Directed by Jacqueline Kotula 
Music Direction by Matt Salvo

Audition Dates: February 17 and 18, 2020 at 7pm with callbacks on February 19. Walk-ins welcome!

Location: St. Stephens Church, 1280 Prospect Ave, Des Plaines, IL 60018 - There is a large parking lot at the back of the church for you to park. One of the doors there will have a sign marking the entrance to our audition space.

Commission and Comps Policy: Big Noise Theatre’s new ticket policy offers performers two options: traditional comps or a commission on tickets sold. More details available at auditions.

Time Commitment: Rehearsals will be held in  Des Plaines from as early as February 23 to April 23. Performances are at Prairie Lakes Theater in Des Plaines, IL Fridays and Saturdays April 24, 25, May 1, 2, 8, and 9 at 7:30pm; Sundays April 26, May 3, and 10 at 2pm.

Character Breakdown

Narrator/Mysterious Man
Age 30 to 60 - An intellectual and pleasant story-teller who helps to orchestrate the show and illustrate the lessons of his tales. Occasionally appears as the Mysterious Man, a mischievous vagrant and nosy meddler. He is a good-natured protector and observer.
Vocal range: G2 to E4

Age 7 to 10 - Silent and observant yet part of the action. Non speaking.

Age 20 to 30 - A young, earnest maiden who is constantly mistreated by her stepmother and stepsisters.
Vocal range: G3 to G5

Age 15 to 20 - The feckless Giant killer who is 'almost a man.' He is adventurous, naive, energetic, and bright-eyed.
Vocal range: B2 to G4

Jack's Mother
Age 40 to 60 - Browbeating and weary, Jack's protective mother who is independent, bold, and strong-willed.
Vocal range: Bb3 to Gb5

The Baker
Age 30 to 45 - 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.
Vocal range: Ab2 to G4

The Baker's Wife
Age 30 to 45 - 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.
Vocal range: F3 to G5

Cinderella's Stepmother
Age 40 to 60 - The mean-spirited, demanding stepmother of Cinderella. 
Vocal range: A3 to F#5

Florinda and Lucinda 
Age 25 to 35 - Cinderella's stepsisters who are black of heart. They follow in their mother's footsteps of abusing Cinderella.
Vocal range: C4 to Ab5

Little Red Ridinghood 
Age 15 to 20 - A spoiled young girl who is strong-willed, quick-witted, fearless, yet youthful and naive. 
Vocal range: Bb3 to F5

The Witch 
Age 30 to 60 - Sarcastic, ugly-then-gorgeous, obsessive protector of Rapunzel who is straightforward and aggressive. 
Vocal range: F3 to G5

Wolf/Cinderella's Prince
Age 30 to 40 - A hungry and insatiable hunter who takes advantage of the weak by misleading and captivating his prey. This description fairly describes both characters.
Vocal range: Bb2 to Gb4

Age 30 to 40 - A loopy-but-lovely maiden who is sheltered by the Witch and terribly lonely. She yearns to experience the world.
Vocal range: B3 to A5

Rapunzel's Prince
Age 30 to 40 - Just as vain and gorgeous as his Prince brother, he is always chasing the newest, most exciting endeavor.
Vocal range: C#3 to E4

Age 30 to 50 - 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.

3 or more members of a "greek chorus" that will support the story through vocals and unique theatricality and movement who will also portray Milky White, Red's Grandmother, Cinderella's Mother, Cinderella's Father, Snow White, and Sleeping Beauty.

Material to Prepare: 32 bars of a song in the style of the show that shows your voice at its best. Please be sure music is in a book or double sided in a 3-ring binder. Be prepared to move. Please complete this digital form before arrival. Bring a headshot and resume if available.

Contact Info: Do not submit photo/resume via email for consideration. If you're unable to attend auditions, we'll accept video submissions at [email protected]. No phone calls, please.

Big Noise Theatre is committed to diversity and encourages all its staff to engage in a policy of equal employment opportunity designed to promote a positive model of inclusion. As such, Big Noise Theatre encourages performers of all ethnicities, gender identities, and ages, as well as performers with disabilities, to attend every audition. No phone calls, please.

All auditions may be recorded on video. Expect to stay for a short time past your chosen time slot.

It is the policy of Big Noise Theatre to accept walk-in auditions.

Location: St Stephen Catholic Church
1280 Prospect Ave, Des Plaines, IL 60018

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