Into the Woods JR

Damascus Theatre Company announces DTC Kids auditions for INTO THE WOODS JR

Directed & Choreographed by Megan McNellage
Produced by Elli Swink & Jenny Wheeler
Music Direction by Sam Weich
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Book by James Lapine
Based on classic fairy tales. The Brothers Grimm hit the stage with an epic fairytale about wishes, family and the choices we make (60 Minute Version for Young Performers). The Brothers Grimm “go Broadway” as Sondheim and Lapine offer up a cockeyed fairy tale in Into the Woods JR, an adaptation of one of Sondheim’s most popular works designed especially for young performers.


Saturday, Feb 3, 10:00 am to 3:00pm
Wednesday, Feb 7, 6:00-9:00pm


Saturday, Feb 10, Time TBD
at the Youth Center, 9600 Main Street, Damascus, MD.
We ask that you prepare 16-bars of a song in the musical theater style (no pop/rock music) and bring a current photo. Children will be asked to read from the script. Bring sheet music, preferably in a 3-ring binder; an accompanist will be provided.
Casting children 3rd through 12th grades, ages 8-18.
Some roles may be double cast. 
Please email with your name, age, phone number, and the day and time which you’d like to audition. You won’t hear back from us unless there is a problem. Beginners are welcome.
Note to parents: There is a fee of $300 per child, if cast. The fee includes a family membership to DTC, a show t-shirt, and helps cover production expenses.  Parents will be expected to assist with production needs.
Rehearsals will be held in Damascus on Mondays, Wednesdays, & Saturdays. 
SHOW DATES ARE MAY 17-19, 2024 at Damascus United Methodist Church (four performances on the weekend: Friday 7:30pm, Saturday 2:00pm and 7:30pm, and Sunday 2:00pm).


Character Descriptions:

  • The Narrator is the storyteller who speaks directly to the audience. This character helps control the pacing of the show and always needs to be ready for their next entrance, as they pop in and out throughout the story. Large speaking role with minimal singing.
    Vocal Range Bb3 – D4
  • Jack is an energetic young man who is always looking for an adventure. He begins this show as a simple little boy (his best friend is a cow), but by the end of the show he learns a few valuable lessons. 
    Vocal Range A3 – E5
  • Raising a son and running a farm all by herself has made Jack’s Mother a bit frazzled and most definitely overworked. Jack’s Mother is a great role for a character actress with solid comic timing and good singing skills. 
    Vocal Range Bb3 – D5
  • The Baker is a good-hearted, likeable person who believes he can take on the Witch’s curse all by himself. At first, this confidence and his desire to have a child drives him, but he soon learns he needs his wife’s help to accomplish the goal.
    Vocal Range A2-F#4
  • The Baker’s Wife is a strong, determined and loving woman whose desire to have a child drives the action of the whole show. Her storyline helps tie all the characters’ storylines together. Requires both excellent singing and acting as well as a good sense of comedic timing.
    Vocal Range A3 – E5
  • Little Red starts the show as a loud, bratty, pushy, glutton who happily manipulates people and situations to get her way. Eventually, she learns some valuable lessons and softens around the edges. 
    Vocal Range Bb3 – Eb5
  • The Witch is an ancient, mysterious and manipulative woman who will do anything possible to regain her beauty and protect Rapunzel. While she may seem old and haggard, she still has the strength to control other people. This role is perfect for a good character actress and singer who can physically and vocally portray the complexities of the role.
    Vocal Range C4 – C5
  • Cinderella’s Stepsisters Florinda and Lucinda are spoiled brats who care only about themselves and marrying Cinderella’s Prince. Need two actresses who work well together and are able to portray their cattiness in a bold and comical way.
    Vocal Range C4 – G4
  • Mysterious Man
    Just like the name suggests, this is one mysterious man. Everything he does is to help the Baker, but he does not explain his motives until the last moment.
  • The Wolf is a sly and dangerous character intently focused on attacking Little Red Riding Hood. Need an actor and singer who can physically and vocally bring the Wolf to life. 
    Vocal Range Bb3 – D5
  • Granny is a feisty woman who is not afraid to fight the Wolf face to face. This non-singing role is perfect for a young performer able to make strong character choices.
  • The Steward is the servant of Cinderella’s Prince. He is dependable and willing to do whatever the Prince asks. This smaller featured role is perfect for a performer new to the stage.
  • Milky White is Jack’s cow. Need a cardboard or plaster cow for this role, but it can be a lot of fun to cast a child as Milky White. If a child is cast, need a focused performer with an expressive face.
  • Cinderella’s Father will not win any Father-of-the-Year awards. He doesn’t care about his daughter’s well-being or her actions. This non-singing role is perfect for a new performer just learning to be comfortable onstage.
  • Cinderella’s Prince is a conceited man who adamantly pursues Cinderella and can’t take no for an answer. When not chasing her, he is trying to show up Rapunzel’s Prince. This role requires a good singer and actor who can portray arrogance while still being likeable.
    Vocal Range B3 – D5
  • Cinderella’s Mother comforts Cinderella in her one short song. She has no dialogue, 
    Vocal Range D4 – D5
  • Rapunzel’s Prince is the pompous and arrogant brother of Cinderella’s Prince. Sibling rivalry runs rampant between the brothers, including each brother’s belief that his lady love is the most beautiful. 
    Vocal Range B3 – D5
  • Cinderella’s Stepmother is a mean, evil woman who only cares about her birth children, daughters Florinda and Lucinda. 
  • Cinderella is a simple peasant girl whose one wish is to go to the Festival. Unfortunately, when her wish comes true she learns that wishes sometimes come with consequences. Cinderella’s inner beauty always shines through her sometimes clumsy and awkward exterior. 
    Vocal Range A3 – G5
  • Rapunzel has been stuck in a tower for the majority of her life. Finally, she stands up to the Witch in order to get out to see the world. This role doesn’t have a great deal of dialogue, but you will want to cast an excellent soprano singer.
    Vocal Range G4 – F#5
There will be a small Ensemble also. 
Into the Woods JR Is presented through a special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.