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Into the Woods Audition

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Into the Woods Audition#1
Posted: 5/15/08 at 7:20am
Hi Everyone-

A local theater is doing a production of Into the Woods, and the audition requirements are a song and a monologue.

I'm singing a slightly shorter version of "No More", doing some of the Mysterious Man parts, but I can't find a monologue for this particular audition. Any ideas?

Thanks!
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re: Into the Woods Audition#2
Posted: 5/15/08 at 8:54am
I'd try something from OUR TOWN or even maybe make GIANTS IN THE SKY into a momolouge. I am gathering from the fact you are doing Mysterious Man parts that you are indeed a gentleman re: Into the Woods Audition

Brek-a-leg re: Into the Woods Audition INTO THE WOODS is one of my favorite shows ever. Have fun!!!
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re: Into the Woods Audition#2
Posted: 5/15/08 at 3:00pm
Unless the audition asks for you to sing a song from the show you're auditioning for I would pick a different song. And as for a monologue there are lots and lots you can use, try doing something from a different James Lapine book(Sunday in the Park with George, Passion) there are lots of choices, just do some research.
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re: Into the Woods Audition#3
Posted: 5/15/08 at 3:41pm
As someone who has sat on both sides of the audition desk, I have to say that you are much better off singing a song that you are absolutely connected to physically and vocally rather than worrying about having the song fit the show perfectly. Sing something not too legit that you have down pat. And I can't emphasize enough the physical part. I've seen countless actors with beautiful voices do the most awkward/unnatural things with their hands/arms/bodies during a song.
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re: Into the Woods Audition#4
Posted: 5/15/08 at 4:07pm
Sing to show off your voice and display some acting skills...

Your monologue should be something contemporary and funny--maybe a David Ives or something with a similar comic sensibility
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re: Into the Woods Audition#5
Posted: 5/15/08 at 5:10pm
Yes, Eponine. I am a gentleman. =) I'm auditioning for the Baker though, not the Mysterious Man. I meant some of his parts of "No More" so that I could sing the song without just singing the Baker's sections. Sorry, should have made myself clearer.

However, from what people have said on here, I'm thinking about changing my song to something more audition-appropriate. I've been feeling that "No More" might come across somewhat choppy and short if it is just me anyway.

What about "Johanna"? Sondheim piece, and it keeps options open casting-wise. because I would love to be any character in the show (especially the Baker, Jack, or one of the Princes). They are all so rich.

Thank you for all the help!
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re: Into the Woods Audition#6
Posted: 5/15/08 at 5:48pm
You shouldn't sing a song from the show, unless they ask you to.

that's what Callbacks are for...
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re: Into the Woods Audition#7
Posted: 5/15/08 at 6:36pm
I'm familiar with the rule; I was just debating whether I should make an exception this time. However, upon further thought, I think I will be changing my song. Thanks. Any other help would be appreciated...

"Johanna" from Sweeney?
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re: Into the Woods Audition#8
Posted: 5/16/08 at 8:40am
No worries re: Into the Woods Audition Now I understand better. Thank you.

JOHANNA would work.

... And I would LOVE to play the Baker's Wife someday re: Into the Woods Audition One of my all-time favorite roles.

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re: Into the Woods Audition#9
Posted: 5/16/08 at 10:36am
If you're in a big area, they will hear Johanna several times.

If you have the time, the song that always got me cast was "Tchiakowsky" (I know I Mis-spelled that), from Lady in the Dark. However, it's a beast to get through, so my other standby was "Gethsemane"
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re: Into the Woods Audition#10
Posted: 5/16/08 at 1:39pm
"Unless the audition asks for you to sing a song from the show you're auditioning for I would pick a different song."

Everyone always ask that--but ask professional casting directors; a lot of people do it and it often gets them callbacks.

Just saying...