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Presser PAC

Presser Performing Arts Center is located in the north central part of the state of Missouri, serving mid America with quality performing arts.  We serve a 30 mile radius with 21 zip codes as the largest multidisciplinary arts education facility in our region.

"Our mission is to inspire, entertain, and educate people in the arts by providing the finest venue, productions, and programs. We also serve as a resource and gathering place for this and surrounding communities."

900 South Jefferson   Mexico,  Missouri  65265       573-581-5592

Into The Woods Auditions

June 6th & 7th

6:30pm- 8:00pm

Characters

Cinderella– Female Lead {Soprano}

Jack– Male Lead {Tenor}

Little Red Riding Hood– Female Lead {Mezzo-Soprano}

The Baker– Male Lead {Baritone}

The Baker’s Wife– Female Lead {Mezzo-Soprano}

The Witch– Female Lead {Mezzo-Soprano}

Cinderella’s Prince– Male Supporting {Baritone}

Cinderella’s Stepmother– Female Supporting {Mezzo-Soprano}

Florinda– Female Supporting {Mezzo-Soprano}

Lucinda– Female Supporting {Mezzo-Soprano}

The Giant– Female Supporting {Spoken}

Jack’s Mother– Female Supporting {Soprano}

The Mysterious Man– Male Supporting {Baritone}

The Narrator– Either Gender Supporting {Baritone}

Rapunzel– Female Supporting {Soprano}

Rapunzel’s Prince– Male Supporting {Baritone}

Milky White– Either Gender Supporting {Silent}

Cinderella’s Mother– Female Featured {Soprano}

The Wolf– Male Featured {Baritone}

The Steward– Male Featured

Cast Breakdown

CinderellaCinderella is at once beautiful, in a yet-to-be-discovered sort of way, and surprisingly clumsy and awkward. She persistently pursues her wish to go to the King’s Festival, yet finds that “the Festival” ultimately does not meet her expectations. She should be able to sing well and be funny.

Jack -Jack’s own mother expresses her fear that Jack may not be the brightest boy. The fact that Jack’s best friend is the family cow, Milky White, further brings into question his intelligence. However, Jack may enter the woods as a simple boy, but he leaves much more grown-up. You’ll want to cast an actor capable of this transition. In addition to having many lines, Jack is responsible for singing two of the best-loved songs, “I Guess This is Goodbye” and “Giants in the Sky.” Therefore, he should be an excellent singer and a good actor. Further, it helps to have a young man whose voice has not yet changed, although the score allows for a changed voice. This is a role that could conceivably be played by a young woman without changing the intended gender of the character. Good actor, excellent singer, capable of transitioning from a simple boy to a more grown-up young man

Jack’s MotherThis woman is overworked, a bit frazzled, and overwhelmed with the tasks of raising a young boy, running a farm, and making ends meet. Jack’s Mother is described physically as “not quite pretty” and should be comfortable playing frumpy. This is mainly an acting role and therefore requires an actress with an easily projected, authoritative voice. Good actress, strong speaking voice

BakerThe Baker changes the most as a result of his journey through the woods. At first he is reluctant to seek the help of his wife. It is through the tribulations of gathering the Witch’s items that the Baker realizes, in order to achieve his wish, it will take the help of his wife. The Baker has one of the most difficult roles. He must be strong willed, yet the audience must like him; while he’s denying the help of his wife, he must also portray a sense of needing and even wanting her help. The audience should never doubt the Baker is a good-hearted person, trying to do what is right. Strong actor, good singer

Baker’s Wife -Into the Woods is truly an ensemble show. However, it is the Baker’s Wife who drives the show forward and ties the characters together. The Baker’s Wife is strong, determined, and patient. The audience should identify with her and root for a successful fulfillment of her wish. The role requires excellent singing and acting, plus a good sense of comic timing. Excellent singer and actress, comic timing, determined and patient, drives the play forward

Little Red Riding Hood -Pushy, bratty, over-fed, and spoiled best describe this character at the opening of the show. Her journey teaches her some very important lessons regarding strangers and trust. Little Red must be able to be loud vocally (think ANNIE gone very bad) and an actress able to be all the above, and still draw the audience’s sympathy. Good actress, strong voice, pushy, bratty and spoiled

Witch -The Witch begins the show as ugly, old, extremely aggressive, sarcastic, and powerful. Ultimately, she sacrifices her power for beauty. The Witch should be mysterious and mischievous, and yet we learn that she is really only doing what she thought was best for her child. The Witch is perhaps the ultimate “character” role and should be played by an actress able to physically and vocally interpret the role. Good actress, strong singer, mysterious, mischievous, mother to Rapunzel

Cinderella’s MotherThis role is a one scene wonder. The voice should be pleasant. Cinderella’s Mother is a collection of remembered mannerisms and sayings

Mysterious ManThis role is all that the name implies. The role may be doubled by the Narrator, as on Broadway, or may be played by a different actor.

NarratorThis is the character who describes the action, but eventually gets involved…may be played by a woman- Engaging, charismatic, strong speaking voice, some singing, may double as Mysterious Man.

Wolf -The Wolf can be played any number of ways. However, he should be properly slimy and a bit creepy.  This role may be doubled by one of the Princes.

GRANNY -Good speaking voice, fiesty and fierce, may be doubled with Cinderella’s Mother

RapunzelRapunzel must stand up to her mother and eventually leave her for the world. The role requires an excellent high soprano voice.

StewardThis servant to Cinderella’s Prince is a nice featured role. Featured role, good singer

Cinderella’s Familythe stepmother  Good actress, good singer, selfish, mean and nasty

Lucinda & Florinda -Good actresses and singers, stepsisters to Cinderella-spoiled  *This family is a bit off-beat at best. Cinderella’s Stepmother mocks her, represents the interests of her birth daughters over Cinderella’s basic needs, and is selfish, mean, and nasty. Florinda and Lucinda are spoiled brats who will do anything to win the heart of the Prince — even if it means sacrificing flesh from their bodies!

Rapunzel’s Prince and Cinderella’s Prince -Pompous, conceited, and self-absorbed are the best ways to describe these brothers. They should be able to carry themselves with confidence that defies the Richter scale. They also have a bit of sibling rivalry! Both should be good, solid singers.

We’re going to make this place your home . . . .

 


Phillip Phillips

Hold on, to me as we go

As we roll down this unfamiliar road
And although this wave is stringing us along
Just know you’re not alone
Cause I’m going to make this place your home

Settle down, it’ll all be clear
Don’t pay no mind to the demons
They fill you with fear
The trouble it might drag you down
If you get lost, you can always be found

Just know you’re not alone
Cause I’m going to make this place your home

Settle down, it’ll all be clear
Don’t pay no mind to the demons
They fill you with fear
The trouble it might drag you down
If you get lost, you can always be found

Just know you’re not alone
Cause I’m going to make this place your home

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