A cast of approximately 20 singers/actors is needed, ranging in age from older teens through adults of all ages.
In this fairytale mash-up of epic proportion, familiar faces embark on the unknown: Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood and Jack — of beanstalk fame — dwell in a sylvan community where a meddling witch and a baker are next-door neighbors and the handsome princes from classic fables are competitive and comically vain paramours.
Propelled by Sondheim’s majestic score, these characters venture “Into the Woods” and down a different path than that of the stories you’ve heard. The baker and his wife travel in search of a cow, a red cape, yellow hair and gold slippers to lift a spell placed on them by the haggard witch. Cinderella, Jack and Little Red, too, have set out on inspired quests of their own.
As the plot unfolds, these characters’ individual stories intersect through unexpected plot twists, and cameos by other characters of fairytale lore add to the thrill of the journey. In turn farcical and contemplative, James Lapine’s book examines themes of childhood and parenthood, ambition and desire, and takes on allegorical gravity when the tale does not end with “happily ever after.” This show is musically sophisticated and offers the chance to feature actors adept at dark comedy.
“Into the Woods” is directed by Melonie Carideo and G. David Brown. Everyone will be asked to sing a prepared solo from a Broadway show, read from the script, and perform simple movements. An accompanist will be provided. Anyone interested in working with the production in any capacity — set and costume design, technical crew, backstage crew, orchestra — is encouraged to attend an audition.
The Arts Center is located at 320 N. White St. in downtown Athens. For more information, call The Arts Center at 423-745-8781 or Melonie Carideo at 423-593-8713.