Into The Woods
Desert Stages Theatre

Playwright or Screenwriter: Stephen Sondheim & James LaPine
Director: Kandyce Hughes
Music Director: Ken Goodenberger
Choreographer : Kandyce Hughes
Compensation: No Pay
Rehearsals Begin: July 14, 2021
Run/Shoot: September 10, 2021 – September 19, 2021
Ages: Adult & Child
Nudity? No
Fees? No

Show Synopsis

This Sondheim/LaPine musical intertwines the plots of several Brothers Grimm and Charles Perrault fairy tales, exploring the consequences of the characters‛ wishes and dreams. When a childless baker and his wife embark on a quest to begin a family, they interact with storybook characters from “Little Red Riding Hood”, “Jack and the Beanstalk”, “Rapunzel”, and “Cinderella”, during their journey. Will their wishes come true? And do they really want them to?

This telling of the story will include a young, charismatic narrator and mythical spirits (dancers, singing skills not required).

Character Breakdown

(Age ranges are approximate and describe the age an actor should appear to be.  Actors of all  ethnicities, sizes, abilities, and genders (conforming and non-conforming) are highly encouraged to audition..)

Narrator: Young boy, age 8-11 with unchanged voice. Vocal range top: B4. Vocal range bottom: D4. He is a charismatic story teller with lots of energy and excellent line delivery.

Cinderella: Female, age 18 to 30. Vocal range top: G5. Vocal range bottom: G3. A young, earnest maiden who is constantly mistreated by her stepmother and stepsisters.

Jack: Male, age 16 to 25. Vocal range top: G4. Vocal range bottom: B2. The feckless giant killer who is ‘almost a man.’ He is adventurous, naive, energetic, and bright-eyed.

Jack’s Mother: Female, age 45 to 65. Vocal range top: Gb5. Vocal range bottom: Bb3. Browbeating and weary, Jack’s protective mother who is independent, bold, and strong-willed.

The Baker: Male, age 30 to 45. Vocal range top: G4. Vocal range bottom: Ab2. 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.

The Baker’s Wife: Female, age: 30 to 40. Vocal range top: G5. Vocal range bottom: F3. 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.

Cinderella’s Stepmother: Female, age 40 to 55. Vocal range top: F#5. Vocal range bottom: A3. The mean-spirited, demanding stepmother of Cinderella.

Florinda And Lucinda: Female, 18 to 30. Vocal range top: Ab5. Vocal range bottom: C4. Cinderella’s stepsisters who are black of heart. They follow in their mother’s footsteps of abusing Cinderella.

Little Red Riding Hood: Female, age 16 to 25. Vocal range top: F5. Vocal range bottom: Bb3. A spoiled young girl who is strong-willed, quick-witted, fearless, yet youthful and naive.

The Witch: Female, age 40 to 55. Vocal range top: G5. Vocal range bottom: F3. Sarcastic, uglythen-gorgeous, obsessive protector of Rapunzel who is straightforward and aggressive.

Cinderella’s Mother: Female, age 40 to 55. Vocal range top: F4. Vocal range bottom: E4. Deceased with her soul guarding and aiding her daughter from a tree.

Wolf/Cinderella’s Prince: Male, age 25 to 35. Vocal range top: Gb4. Vocal range bottom: Bb2. Wolf: Hungry and insatiable hunter who takes advantage of the weak by misleading and captivating his prey. Prince: Vain and gorgeous, he is a disloyal lover who is currently searching for the next new, exciting thing.

Rapunzel: Female, age 18 to 30. Vocal range top: A5. Vocal range bottom: B3. A loopy-butlovely maiden who is sheltered by the Witch and terribly lonely. She yearns to experience the world.

Rapunzel’s Prince: Male, age 25 to 35. Vocal range top: E4. Vocal range bottom: C#3. Just as vain and gorgeous as his Prince brother, he is always chasing the newest, most exiting endeavor.

Mysterious Man: Male, age 45+.  Vocal range top: Eb4.  Vocal range bottom: G2.  He appears to be watching the story unfold and has a vested interest in the outcome.  He is mysterious and wise, if not slightly strange.

The Steward: Male, age 25 to 50. Vocal range: Ensemble singer. A man-servant who is used to doing whatever he has to solve a problem. His only care is to please his master or the strongest personality in the room. Conniving, callous and cowardly.

Cinderella’s Father: Male, age 50+. Vocal range: Ensemble singer. He is out of touch with his family but harmless and well-meaning. No solo singing.

Milky White: any age/male or female.  This character is a hand held cow puppet and requires an actor skilled or willing to be trained in using a puppet costume. This role requires the ability to move well with great focus and the creativity to add a human-like character to a cow.

Dancers: Mythical Spirits, females and males ages 12 +, dancers who appear throughout the show.  Priority given to those trained in ballet, lyrical, or modern with special emphasis on improvisational dance skills.

What To Prepare


Send headshot/resume and video to If sent via youtube, be sure to label it *unpublished*

Please send a virtual audition recording containing:
One minute monologue (can be read)
Song, 16 bars to 1 minute (Sondheim preferred, but not required)

Please send a virtual audition recording of you doing a 1 minute dance (ballet, lyrical, modern). The piece can be choreographed or improvised. The director envisions the dancers as an integral part of the stage movement and may be on the stage for most of the show. You will be cast on your dance and improvisation ability. Singing is not required.

CALLBACKS - will be in person at Desert Stages Theatre on Wednesday July 7th @6pm. Sides will be sent in advance to those chosen. Dress for movement.

Additional Info

Note: director has confirmed there will be *no* production fees

Headshot & Resume Required

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Auditions Open Calls

Audition Contact

Kandyce Hughes

Audition Dates/Times

Online submissions
See above "auditon prep"

Callback Dates/Times

July, 7th @ 6pm
In person
at Desert Stages Theatre

Audition Venue

Desert Stages Theatre
7014 E Camelback Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

Desert Stages Theatre is located inside Scottsdale Fashion Square in Suite #0586. This is on the ground floor just behind Jamba Juice in the food court area. There is free parking in the garage on the north side of the building.

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