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Post Into the Woods Auditions
Okay, so I'm auditioning for Into the Woods next week, and I need help picking a song/monologue out. The monologue needs to be roughly one minute, and there aren't any limits on the song except that it can't be from ITW. I'm a soprano and can sing mezzo and am 15 and auditioning for a kids' theater company production. I'm looking at the roles of the Baker's Wife and Cinderella.

As for the song, I'd really prefer to do one that I've previously worked on with my vocal teacher. I've done Falling in Love with Love from The Boys from Syracuse, The Simple Joys of Maidenhood from Camelot, Ten Minutes Ago from Cinderella, Much More from The Fantasticks, Far from the Home I Love from Fiddler on the Roof, Goodnight, My Someone from The Music Man, and Bill from Show Boat.

For the monologue, I don't really have any ideas. I'd like both the song and monologue to be suitable or close to the characterization for both Cinderella and the Baker's Wife because I'm only doing one of each.

Thanks for any help!


Sat Jan 30, 2010 9:47 am
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Hmm. Honestly, I'm not crazy about any of those songs, but if it has to be one of them, I'd go with "Much More" -- it's overdone, but the lyrics would be appropriate for both characters.

If it's at all a possibility, though, I strongly, strongly recommend learning something else by Sondheim. "Take Me to the World" from Evening Primrose isn't too difficult ... maybe more Cinderella-ish than Baker's Wife, but it still contains the sentiment of wishing for something more from life. I sang "Soon" from A Little Night Music for my ITW audition, and it got me Cinderella ... but anyway, if it's too difficult, go with what you know, because the last thing you want to be in an audition is unprepared!

Nothing's springing to mind for a monologue right now ... (we just had to read from the script) ... but if it does, I'll let you know.


Sat Jan 30, 2010 6:38 pm
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StageAgent.com has a great database of audition songs http://stageagent.com/Shows/Songs. You can search for songs by voice part and age-range. Then, each song page has a link to pages on the associated show and character.

StageAgent also has a really good monologue database: [url]stageagent.com/Shows/monologues[/url]. It lets you sort through monologues by age range, gender, length & category (such as 'comedic'). Each monologue also includes links where you can read more about the shows & authors.

Hope that helps!


Sun Jan 31, 2010 8:36 pm
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Thanks, guys! You've helped a lot. (: I've just started looking around, and I was wondering if any of these three monologues would be close to something that would be suitable (I just want to know if the sense/feeling of any of these monologues would be right). There's one here, and here's another one. The last one was recommended by a theater teacher of mine, and this is it.

If You Believe in Fairies
written by Christopher Durang, from his play "'Denity Crisis"


( Jane tells her psychiatrist a story from her childhood.)
Jane: When I was eight years old, someone brought me to this... theatre. Full of lots of other children. We were supposed to be watching a production of "Peter Pan." And I remember that something seemed terribly wrong with the whole production. Odd things kept happening. For instance, when the children would fly, the ropes they were on would just keep breaking ... and the actors would come thumping to the ground and they had to be carried off by stagehands. And there seemed to be an unlimited supply of understudies, to take their places, and then they'd just fall to the ground. And then the crocodile that chases Captain Hook, seemed to be a real crocodile, it wasn't an actor. And at one point it fell off the stage and crushed a couple of kids in the front row. And then some of the understudies came and took their places in the audience. And from scene to scene, Wendy just seemed to get fatter and fatter until finally by the end of act one she was completely immobile and they had to move her off stage with a cart.
You remember how in the second act Tinkerbell drinks some poison that peter is about to drink in order to save him? And then Peter turns to the audience and he says that "Tinkerbell is going to die because not enough people believe in fairies. But if all of you clap your hands real hard to show that you do believe in fairies, maybe she won't die." So, we all started to clap. I clapped so long and so hard that my palms hurt and they even started to bleed I clapped so hard. Then suddenly the actress playing peter pan turned to the audience and she said, "That wasn't enough. You did not clap hard enough. Tinkerbell is dead." And then we all started to cry. The actress stomped off stage and refused to continue with the production. They finally had to lower the curtain. The ushers had to come help us out of the aisles and into the street. I don't think that any of us were ever the same after that experience. It certainly turned me against theatre. And even more damagingly, I think it's warped my total sense of life. I mean nothing seems worth trying if Tinkerbell is just going to die


Mon Feb 01, 2010 3:14 pm
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Post Re: Into the Woods Auditions
@a thousand voices

LOVE that last monologue. Durang comes up with the zaniest stuff.

I run a site called Ace Your Audition, and we have a huge free monologue section, including one for female monologues. I hope you'll find something you like. :)


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