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IUST 2023 audition information

Into the Woods

Book by James Lapine
Music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim

Directed and Choreographed by DJ Gray

One of Sondheim's most popular works, Into the Woods is a musically sophisticated show with the opportunity to feature actors adept at dark comedy. Designers will especially enjoy highlighting the fantastical elements of this magical word.

IUST auditions are open to everyone including non-IU students.

Please come with a Sondheim song, or a song in the style of the character you wish to be seen for. Do not let the song exceed 1min and 20 seconds.


The Narrator/Mysterious Old Man
Vocal Range: G2-E4.
Educated, charming and engaging. Leads the audience on a journey.

Mysterious Old Man
Vocal Range: G2-E Flat 4.
Full of riddles, as he tries to secretly guide and protect a son who doesn’t know he is his father. He is on the run from responsibilities, not able to stand in guilt from all the pain he has caused.

The Witch
Vocal Range: F3-G5.
She is vain, manipulative, vulnerable and hard. She is an obsessive protector of Rapunzel who is straightforward and aggressive. She dislikes and mistrusts most people.

The Baker
Vocal Range: A Flat 2-G4.
He is an 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 has old-fashioned views about the role of a wife.

The Baker’s Wife
Vocal Range: F3-G5.
Determined 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: G3-G5.
Young earnest, hopeful, a dreamer. She is often mistreated by her family. She wishes her life were different. However, upon getting her wish, she realizes it’s not what she thought it would be.

Cinderella’s Prince/Wolf
Vocal Range: B2-F4.
Self-centered, shallow, shameless, ego centric. He is a disloyal lover who is currently searching for the next new, exciting thing. He is used to all the accolades without deserving one of them. Life for him is deciding which maiden to seduce next.

Dapper, ruthless and sophisticated. This creature is always on the lookout for their next meal. Entices victims with fun, until they willingly succumb to thier desires.

Red Riding Hood
Vocal Range: B flat 3-F5.
A young girl who is strong-willed, quick-witted, fearless, yet youthful and naive. Her carefree lifestyle meets dangers beyond her imagination.

Vocal Range: B2-G4.
Adventurous, naive, energetic, and bright-eyed. Feeling he has no friends in the world, he finds solace in the family’s cow. Unable to read his surroundings, he lives his life in dream land. It’s not until he trades the cow for magic beans that his gigantic adventures begin.

Jack’s Mother/Dancing Bird Woodland creature
Vocal Range: B flat 3-F5.
A single mother left by a dead-beat husband to raise a clueless son whose imaginary friend is a cow. She is independent, bold, bitter, and strong-willed.

Rapunzel/Dancing Bird Woodland creature
Vocal Range: B3-A5.
A deeply unsatisfied woman who is sheltered by the Witch. She is terribly lonely and yearns to experience the world. Her lack of human contact or knowledge of the world proves to be a challenge for her.

Rapunzel’s Prince/Cinderella’s Father
Vocal Range: C Sharp 3–E4.
Vain and self-centered. After having to live in his brother’s shadow for so long, this handsome young lad sets out to seek his own adventures.

Cinderella’s Father
A hapless sucker who sacrifices his daughter’s happiness and well-being for the sake of appeasing his shrewish wife.

Cinderella’s Stepmother
Female or Male, Vocal Range: A3-F Sharp 5.
Mean-spirited, demanding stepmother of Cinderella. She is a ruthless social climber.

Lucinda, Florinda (Cinderella’s Stepsisters)
C4-A Flat 5.
Fake, competitive and flirty. They are beautiful but black of heart. Follow in their mother’s footsteps in bullying Cinderella.

Cinderella’s Mother/Granny/Steward/Sleeping Beauty/Dancing Bird Woodland creature
Range: G3-A Flat 5.
A memory of a beloved mother, a ghost guarding and aiding her daughter from a tree. She appears in times of trouble to guide her child and help fulfill her wishes.

Street-wise and is nobody’s fool. She is fierce and fearless. She protects herself and her grandchild with a vengeance.

A nasty servant who dislikes their role and dislikes the peasantry even more. Conniving, callous, and a coward.

Milky White/ Giant’s wife/Snow White
Female or Male
Agile, Funny, Fatigued, hungry. A cow that’s seen better days but is best friends with Jack.

Giant’s Wife
Angry and vengeful, particularly because she shows kindness to a child who then kills her husband.

Dancing Bird Woodland creature
A creature in the woods, does some dance.