Sunday, February 18, 2007

LCHS Performing Arts to present INTO THE WOODS

LCHS Performing Arts Department
announce Spring 2007 Musical,

April 20 & 21, 2007

Important Audition Information in this Entry

(more posts about the show and auditions follow)

An ambivalent Cinderella? A blood-thirsty Little Red Ridinghood? A Prince Charming with a roving eye? A Witch...who raps? They're all among the cockeyed characters in James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim's fractured fairy tale. When a Baker and his Wife learn they've been cursed with childlessness by the Witch next door, they embark on a quest for the special objects required to break the spell, swindling, lying to and stealing from Cinderella, Little Red, Rapunzel and Jack (the one who climbed the beanstalk). Everyone's wish is granted at the end of Act One, but the consequences of their actions return to haunt them later, with disastrous results. What begins a lively irreverent fantasy in the style of “The Princess Bride” becomes a moving lesson about community responsibility and the stories we tell our children.

Look to the sidebar---------------> for some video clips of different INTO THE WOODS productions.


The original production was lauded with many major awards and nominations. However, Sondheim and Lapine rethought their approach in the 1988 Broadway production and revived the hit in 2002. This version was much richer in dance, spectacle and acting. The LCHS version of INTO THE WOODS will move in the same direction as the revival production of 2002. Although the original DVD (with Bernadette Peters) is a treasure for singing, sets and costumes, it is not the approach we will be taking with the production.


Mrs. Sievers and Mr. Johnson will be passing out music on February 19 & 20, 2007 to give students an opportunity to rehearse prior to auditions. Needed are 12 female actors, 7 male actors, a stage manager, an assistant director, a technical director and several choreographers. The set for this production is ambitious. The costumes are goregeous. It will truly be a BEAUTIFUL production.

The first audition for most roles will be ONLY singing. Please check out the links below to see vocal range for characters and the link to MTI Shows' online versions of the songs. Those who are "called back" will be asked to sing and act.

General meetings and auditions will begin on February 26, 2007. Callbacks will be held Thursday March 2, 2007. The cast list will be posted on Friday afternoon March 3, 2007. Rehearsals will begin the week of March 6, 2007.

With plenty of unforgettable roles, and no chorus, “Into The Woods” is a great way to showcase a talented ensemble cast. And since the show's emphasis is on character rather than spectacle, it is equally at home in large or intimate spaces. One of Sondheim's most popular works, this timeless yet relevant piece is a rare modern classic.

Opened 11/5/1987 Ran for 764 performances.

Total enchantment. A spellbounding score, witty enough to make old stories fresh for adults, lovely enough to enchant youngsters."- Daily News

"Bewitching... dazzling... triumphant." - New York Post"Non-stop pure pleasure. A ravishing explosion of color and melody and magic and laughter." - Time Magazine"

DOUBLE CLICK HERE to take the Quizilla Quiz to determine which INTO THE WOODS character you are most like.