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So I have an audition in a week for Into the Woods. I want the witch more than ANYTHING lol This is one of my favorite shows and I have never had the opportunity to be in it. Anyway, I have made decided what I am singing, and I cannot change my mind again lol but what I want is some opinions on reading sides. What would be a perfect characterization in your opinion? Should I use a character voice (as in really make it sound like a typical witch) or should I make it more of my own voice with inflections? Any opinions would be great! Thanks!


Wed Dec 30, 2009 10:39 am
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I think the ugly with definitely needs a character voice. Rather, the character voice really helps anyways. It provides a strong contrast for after she turns beautiful, and her voice returns to her natural state.


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yeah thats what i was thinking....i am just afraid of over doing it lol I have watched the film of the OBC hundreds of times and Bernadette Peters is so great but doesnt over do it


Wed Dec 30, 2009 7:47 pm
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Try not to copy Bernadette Peters though because it will inevitably come off as a cheap copy. By all means use her performance as inspiration but remember that the character is yours to make your own. I know it's really difficult though! :)

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I'd say the witch's voice is a character voice that's not the typical witch ... but again witch-like. Without copying Bernadette for sure :P

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my favorite witches use a character voice while still showing off good vocals. Finding that balance is very difficult though.


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whilst playing madame thenardier, i had to develop a decent character voice to contrast with my decent chorus singing (like in ODM... and stuff) anyway, it was very hard at first, but you may find it easier to speak your songs before singing them, to try to get a consistent voice throughout. then you can begin to blend this with your normal singing voice, and use more characterishness in A1, and after the transformation, mostly singing voice. HOwver, you need to remember she's not a nice person, and bad characters are typically portrayed as ugly in fairytales, so don't make your voice overly "nice".
Hope that makes sense :)

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