Renaissance Players to host INTO THE WOODS auditions

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Broadway Star
Broadway Star
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, Book by James Lapine
Director/Music Director: Nathan W. Brown
Choreographer: Bryan J. Wlas

October 19 - October 28
Fridays & Saturdays @ 7pm, Sundays @ 2pm
$15 Adult, $12 Senior, $8 Children 12 and under

Special Lunch & Show: Saturday, October 20 @ Noon
$25 Adult, $22 Senior, $18 Children 12 and under: includes Buffet, Drink, Dessert and Show.

Into the Woods is a musical with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by James Lapine. It debuted in San Diego at the Old Globe Theatre in 1986, and premiered on Broadway in 1987. The musical intertwines the plots of several Brothers Grimm fairy tales and follows them further to explore the consequences of the characters' wishes and quests. The main characters are taken from the stories of Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, Rapunzel, and Cinderella, tied together by a more original story involving a baker and his wife and their quest to begin a family, most likely taken from the original story of Rapunzel by the Brothers Grimm. It also includes references to several other well-known tales.

AUDITIONS: Monday, August 13 & Tuesday, August 14 @ 6:00pm

All area residents are invited and encouraged to audition, even if you’ve never performed onstage before. Roles are available for ages 13-years-old and up, including roles for mature adults. Auditionees should arrive early to sign in - auditions will be held on a first-come, first serve basis.

All participants must sing during the audition. Please prepare a short 16-bar song to sing (no longer than 30 seconds) with accompaniment (piano music, karoake CD or other) - do not plan to sing a cappella (vocal without accompaniment). An accompanist will be provided - please bring sheet music in the correct key. There are many websites that offer free sheet music downloads for your convenience. There will also be a CD player available if you have pre-recorded accompaniment (without vocals). There are many websites (including iTunes and others) that offer karaoke songs for a reasonable price available for download. You may also bring your own accompanist (piano/guitar/etc...)

Also, be prepared to learn a short dance routine. Participants need to wear closed-toe shoes (no flip-flops/sandals/etc).

Call-backs (if needed), will be held on Wednesday, August 15 @ 6:00pm. Call-backs will consist of singing songs from the show - a list of call-back songs, by character, will be posted on and Facebook (Ren Center). Rehearsals for Into the Woods will be held Monday - Friday, 6:00pm-9:00pm, beginning Monday, August 20.

Performance dates for Into the Woods are October 19 - October 28, 2012, with shows on Fridays & Saturdays @ 7:00pm, Sundays @ 2:00pm. There will be a Special Lunch & Show on Saturday, October 20 @ Noon. Tickets for all performances are on sale now.

For questions, or if you cannot attend the audition as scheduled, please contact Pacer Harp:, (615) 740-5600.

Character Descriptions

CINDERELLA Earnest, warm-hearted. A poor young girl whose mother and father have died leaving her with a mean step-mother and two mean step-sisters. She wishes to go to the King’s Festival. G3 - G5 Soprano

CINDERELLA'S PRINCE A very attractive and very vain Prince, who searches for Cinderella after meeting her at the Festival. Brother to Rapunzel’s Prince. B - High F Baritone

CINDERELLA'S STEPMOTHER Very mean to Cinderella and always discounting her value in the world. She loves her two other daughters, Lucinda and Florinda. A3 - F#5 Mezzo-Soprano

FLORINDA Cinderella's stepsister, lovely but black of heart. She also wants to marry a Prince. C4 - Ab5 Soprano (Mezzo-Soprano)

GRANNY Little Red's fiesty, savage grandmother.

JACK The feckless GIANT killer, almost a man. A very ambitious boy who loves is cow, Milky White. Sells Milky White for magic beans after his Mother tells him the cow needs to be sold for food money. B2 - G4 Tenor

JACK'S MOTHER Browbeating and weary. Angry with Jack for being such a dreamer. Terribly worried about money. Bb3 - Gb5 Mezzo-Soprano

LITTLE RED RIDINGHOOD A spoiled and naïve girl. She meets the Wolf on her way to see her Granny. Bb3 - F5 Soprano (light Mezzo-Soprano)

LUCINDA Cinderella's stepsister, lovely but black of heart. She wants to marry a Prince. C3 - F5 (Ab5) Mezzo-Soprano

MYSTERIOUS MAN A mischievous vagrant. Father of the Baker who is thought to be dead. G2 - Eb4 Baritone

NARRATOR Intellectual and pleasant. G2 - E4 Baritone

RAPUNZEL A loopy-but-lovely maiden. Kept high in a tower by the Witch. She has long flowing hair, as yellow as corn. B3 - A5 Soprano

RAPUNZEL'S PRINCE Brother to Cinderella’s Prince, also very vain and very handsome. He seeks Rapunzel after hearing her singing in her tower. Baritone: C sharp - High E

THE BAKER Harried and insecure. A Baker who cannot conceive a child with his wife due to the Witch’s curse. Ab2 - G4 Baritone

THE BAKER'S WIFE Determined and bright. Confident and intelligent woman who wants a child with her husband, the Baker, but cannot due to the Witch’s curse. F3 - G5 Mezzo-Soprano

THE WITCH Sarcastic, ugly-then-gorgeous. Rapunzel’s guardian. She has many powers. She has cursed the Baker’s family with infertility. F3 - G5 Mezzo-Soprano

WOLF Hungry and insatiable. A wolf who meets and tries to eat Little Red Ridinghood in the woods. Bb2 - Gb4 Baritone

CINDERELLA'S MOTHER E4 - F4 (or Ab5) Mezzo-Soprano



The Renaissance Players is the Renaissance Center’s Community Theatre Troupe. With more than 400 members, the Players present productions each year that include popular musicals and plays. Shows are cast through open auditions and performances are presented in the center’s 450-seat Performance Hall. The Renaissance Players provides Middle Tennesseans with an opportunity to work with the professional directors, actors, technicians and craftsmen from The Renaissance Center to present productions comparable to most professional theatre companies.

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