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 Casting Calls

Please join us for in-person auditions for our upcoming production of the musical “Into the Woods”, book by James Lapine and music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. Auditions are open to the public and newcomers are welcome!

Auditions are February 25 OR February 26 at 6:30 PM, with February 27 held for an additional night of auditions if there is inclement weather, also at 6:30 PM.

Rehearsals begin Sunday, March 3, and performance dates are April 26-28 and May 3-5, 2024.


Director: Michael J. Wisniewski
Assistant Director: Melissa Bornemann
Vocal Direction: Sherri Angelotti
Music Director: Jim Hohmeyer
Movement Coordinator: Gina Kearly
Producer: Susan Ross


About the Show:
What if wishes came true? “Into the Woods” follows several storybook characters on their enchanting journeys to have their wishes granted. There is Cinderella, who wishes to attend the King’s Festival; Jack, who wishes his cow would give milk; and the baker and his wife, who wish to have a child, just to name a few. When the baker and his wife learn that they cannot have a child because of a witch’s curse, the two set off on an adventure to break it. Everything looks promising for all the characters, but what happens after “the happily ever after”? This Tony Award winning musical by James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim is a dark comedic twist on classics that will change how you look at fairy tales forever.

From the Director:
Over thirty years ago the musical “Into the Woods” took the world by storm and has retained its place as one of the standards in musical theatre. The story musically intertwines several plots of the Brothers Grimm fairy tales, exploring consequences of each of the characters’ wishes and quests. Audiences have enjoyed this story over and over and seldom does a director’s vision fray from the traditional path. We intend to give this musical a fresh look and a new perspective. Want to find out more? Come audition and find out!

Those auditioning are asked to prepare 16 measures of a Sondheim song, which can be from “Into the Woods”, or any other Sondheim show. Please have music available for the accompanist. No A Capella will be accepted. You will be taught a simple movement routine and there will be cold readings from the script. The readings will be given at the time of auditions. Those auditioning must be age 15 at the time of auditions.


CHARACTERS:

As you can see from the available roles the show is not just for one age group.  There are opportunities for a wide age range.  Come to the auditions and be part of this wonderful show!

NARRATOR: An intellectual and pleasant storyteller who helps to orchestrate the show and illustrate lessons to the audience.  Age 16 up

CINDERELLA: A young, earnest maiden who is constantly mistreated by her stepmother and stepsisters.  To play age 20 to 30

JACK: The feckless Giant killer who is ‘almost a man.’ He is adventurous, naive, energetic, and bright-eyed.  To play age 15 to 30

JACK’S MOTHER: Browbeating and weary, Jack’s protective mother who is independent, bold, and strong-willed.  To play age 40 to 65

THE BAKER: 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.  To play age 35 to 45

THE BAKER’S WIFE: 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.  To play age 35 to 45

CINDERELLA’S STEPMOTHER: The mean-spirited, demanding stepmother of Cinderella.  To play age 40 to 50

FLORINDA and LUCINDA: Cinderella’s stepsisters who are black of heart. They follow in their mother’s footsteps of abusing Cinderella.  To play 25 to 35

LITTLE RED RIDINGHOOD: A spoiled young girl who is strong-willed, quick-witted, fearless, yet youthful and naive.  To play age 15 to 20

THE WITCH: Sarcastic, ugly-then-gorgeous, obsessive protector of Rapunzel who is straightforward and aggressive.  To play age 45 to 55

CINDERELLA’S MOTHER (Doubles as GRANNY): Deceased with her soul guarding and aiding her daughter from a tree.  To play age 40 to 55

MYSTERIOUS MAN: A mischievous vagrant and nosy meddler. He is a good-natured protector and observer.  To play age 50 to 65

WOLF (Doubles as Cinderella’s Prince): Hungry and insatiable hunter who takes advantage of the weak by misleading and captivating his prey.  To play ages 30 to 40

RAPUNZEL: A loopy-but-lovely maiden who is sheltered by the Witch and terribly lonely. She yearns to experience the world.  To play ages 20 to 30

CINDERELLA’S PRINCE (Doubles as Wolf): Vain and gorgeous, he is a disloyal lover who is currently searching for the next new, exciting thing.  To play ages 30 to 40

RAPUNZEL’S PRINCE: Just as vain and gorgeous as his Prince brother, he is always chasing the newest, most exiting endeavor.  To play ages 30 to 40

Also:

CINDERELLA’S FATHER: To play ages 50 to 65

STEWARD: To play ages 20 to 65

SNOW WHITE: To play ages 20 to 30

SLEEPING BEAUTY: To play ages 20 to 30


HOW TO AUDITION:

  1. Review the Rehearsal Schedule and mark all conflicts on your audition form.
  2. Fill out the Audition Form
  3. Attend only one of the following audition dates – February 25 or 26 at 6:30PM at Bay City Players. Doors will open 30 minutes prior to auditions.
Script Checkout
 
It is not required to checkout a script to audition but more of a preference. Scripts/vocal books for musicals are not available to checkout for auditions. You can check out a script for a play by placing a $20 refundable deposit. Scripts can only be checked out for ten days and must be returned prior to auditions. If cast in a musical, there is a $25 refundable deposit for script/vocal books. The deposit will be collected when materials are handed out.

Bay City Player’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Vision Statement:

The theatre has long been a haven for self-expression and restoration of the spirit. However, we recognize there is great inequity in our world. We embrace the opportunity to learn from the worldwide call for allyship with respect to the voices of all marginalized people. We understand that impactful and long-lasting change takes time and a shared commitment. Bay City Players is dedicated to authentic Diversity, Inclusion and Equity across all spectrums and will continue to seek innovative ways to achieve this.


Bay City Player’s Makeup Policy

Bay City Players has implemented a new Makeup Policy for the safety of cast members. Each cast member is asked to purchase their own Ben Nye makeup kit to keep with intent to reduce the spread of germs resulting from sharing makeup. Cast members do not have to purchase a kit if they have a Ben Nye kit from a previous show. The kit cost approximately $26 per kit. Kits last approximately two years if taken care of properly and Ben Nye has colors for EVERY skin tone. Should you not be able to cover the cost of your kit, scholarships are available and kept confidential. Scholarships can be requested after casting on the Cast Bio form. The Makeup Chair will meet with cast to help them select the correct kit and Bay City Players will order all the kits. Payment will be collected when the kits are handed out via cash, check, or credit card.