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Auditions: Into the Woods

by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine
Directed by Rudy Ramirez
Music Direction by David Cavallin

AUDITIONS: Feb. 12, 1-6 p.m., as well as Feb. 13 and 14, 6-10 p.m.
Callbacks are scheduled for Feb. 15 and 16, 6-10 p.m.
Bromery Center for the Arts, The Rand Theater Stage. Please come to the Green Room first for paperwork and instructions. 

Rehearsals begin February 21. There are no rehearsals over spring break. 


This spring, UMass will take on one of most beloved musicals of all time, INTO THE WOODS. Our production will draw inspiration from American folk art to bring to life the world of Cinderella, Jack, Rapunzel, Little Red Riding Hood and all their fellow fairy tale figures. In doing so, we hope to bring forward the idea that "if you know what you want, then you go and you find it and you get it" is exactly how you get giants in your midst, whereas realizing that "people make mistakes" and that you must "fight for their mistakes, honor their mistakes" is a way to make the next journey into the woods a little easier.

Auditioners should prepare any number of the following solos listed below. In order to be considered for a role, you must prepare the solo associated with that role (in other words, if you are interested in multiple roles, you should prepare multiple solos). You may prepare as many solos as you wish, regardless of your gender or that of the character (vocal range will be a consideration). We may ask actors to sing solos they have not prepared as well, if they are willing. No monologue preparation is necessary, and we will not be hearing actors perform any songs besides the excerpts listed below.

Character descriptions and synopses for INTO THE WOODS are readily available online, and while we know that there are many versions of this musical available to watch, we encourage you to find your own version of the character to present. Be inspired by the versions you've seen, but don't try to recreate them. 

Audition Song Exerpts (click here to access the folder)

  • Agony (both Princes)
  • Baker's Reprise (Narrator, Baker, Mysterious Man)
  • Giants in the Sky (Jack, Wolf)
  • Hello Little Girl (Wolf, Jack)
  • I Know Things Now (Little Red)
  • Last Midnight (Witch, Jack's Mom, Cinderella's Mom)
  • Steps of the Palace (Cinderella, Rapunzel, Stepsisters)
  • Moments in the Woods (Baker's Wife, Cinderella's Stepmother)