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Sondheim's Into The Woods

Youth Production

(For ages 9-14 year olds)

Book by James Lapine
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim

Official Cast List:

Congratulations to all of you!!! We look forward to making this one of the best AAT musical productions yet.

Cast list - ITW 2017

Short Show Synopsis:

A blood-thirsty Little Red Ridinghood? A Witch...who raps? They`re all among the cockeyed characters in this Tony-Award winning, fractured fairy tale. A Baker and his Wife who`ve been cursed with childlessness by the Witch next door embark on a quest to break the spell. What begins as a lively irreverent fantasy becomes a moving lesson about community responsibility and the stories we tell our children.

Link to MTI's website to read more and hear clips of the songs.

Show Dates

Performs April 28th through May 6th, 2017.

We will be offering a two weekend run of shows at the Louden Nelson Theater - with live orchestration.

Online Registration Form:

Spaces are limited !!!

Do you still have questions? Not quite ready to register your child? Please email or call All About Theatre, so we can answer your questions.

If you are ready to register your child please fill out the "AAT Registration Form" below, then pay the $95.00 Deposit Payment through Paypal - see below.

Register Online Now:

Spaces are limited

Do you still have questions? Not quite ready to register your child? Please email or call All About Theatre, so we can answer your questions.

If you are ready to register your child please click on the payment link below.

  • Spaces are limited to 32 students between the ages of 9 and 14 years old.
    Simply pay the audition fee of $95.00 by clicking on the paypal button below...
    There is also a $25.00 discount for paying in full at the time of registration ($575.00 plus deposit = $670.00).

  • $695.00 General Admission
    $600.00 General Admission

    Total: $0.00

    What if I do not wish to register online:

    Please email lindsey@allabouttheatre.org and then print out the basic registration forms below. Once initial contact has been made, the space will be reserved for 5 days so that you have time to send in the forms with the required $95.00 deposit to reserve your child(ren) place(s) in the production.

    Production Staff:

    Artistic Director Lindsey Chester
    Director David Jackson
    Musical Director Brenna Sammon
    Choreographer/Stage Manager Sadie Neiblum-Lamkin

    Rehearsal Location:

    All About Theatre`s Studio - 325 Washington Street, Santa Cruz.

    Casting / Audition Dates:

    Part of the "All About Theatre experience" - is knowing that you are always welcome and can come through our doors no matter how much experience you do or don't have. We don't request anyone to have a monologue or song prepared. Simply arrive with a great attitude, ready to learn and have fun, meet new friends and collaborate together to create a masterpiece production. Our talented staff will teach you dance choreography, songs from the show and give you sides from the script that you get to practice and work on over the entire audition process. We are looking for 'potential' not 'perfection'. We hope that you will be inspired by each other and show us a glimpse of who you are as a performer so we can decide where is the best place for you in the show - where you can learn and grow further.

    All auditions to be held at the 325 Washington Street AAT Studio.

    General Auditions:
    Tuesday February 21st - 4:00pm through 6:30pm
    Thursday February 23rd - 4:00pm through 6:30pm
    Saturday February 25th - 3:00pm through 6:00pm

    Tuesday February 28th - 4:00pm through 6:30pm
    *Thursday as well if needed.

    *** If you cannot attend any of the initial audition days, please email lindsey@allabouttheatre.org to ask about re-scheduling. You will still be able to be cast in the show.

    How To Come Prepared To Auditions:

    Listening to the sound track is always a great help... as well as familiarizing yourself with the story and the characters, as well as the time period that the show is set in.

    We shall do the rest... inspire, nurture, teach you choreography, music and harmonies, staging of a show..!

    Link to MTI's website to read more and hear clips of the songs.

    General Rehearsals:

    Tuesdays & Thursdays
    Some days will be all call whilst others will only be small groups and soloists.

    EX: All Cast members will be called from 3pm onwards each weekend - "All Call". We shall call smaller groups at 2pm to work on smaller scenes and solos.

    * this will be a small "limited-call" rehearsal day for only a few students each week.

    The final week during "tech week"" we ask all cast members to attend all of the tech week rehearsals (M-F).

  • General Note:
    ** Some students may not be able to arrive at 4pm due to traffic and school end times ~ just let us know and we shall work around it.

    **Some students may only be available Tuesdays OR Thursdays but not both (for example) and we are able to alter the rehearsal schedule to accommodate them - please do not hesitate to email us to ask whether your situation can work.

  • Please be prepared to attend all the rehearsals with script in hand and having helped your child to listen to the audio accompaniment ahead of time (we will email to all families). We do allow for some conflicts (medical, family reunions, weddings etc...) but we will need to know about these prior to casting the show. The registration packet (see below) contains a Conflict Form which you'll need to hand in to get any additional conflicts approved..

    NOTE: Rehearsals begin immediatley after auditions and casting - Thursday, March 2nd, 2017.
    All cast is called for the entire first rehearsal from 4:00pm through 6:30pm.


    Working based on the local Santa Cruz City Schools District Calendar:

    Spring Break - no rehearsals during the week of April 3rd-7th, 2017.
    (Please let us know if you will be gone on either Saturday).

    Tuition Costs:

    Please see the breakdown below for complete information.

    Ages 9-14 year olds
    $95.00 Audition Fee
    $600.00 Tuition
    $695.00 Total Fee

    * there is also a $25.00 discount for paying in full at the time of registration ($670.00).

    Final Tuition Payments must be made in one payment within the first two weeks of the program. We do offer some financial assistance to those who need it (see below) and we can offer a payment plan for those who require that as well.

    If you have any questions about this please do contact us.

    Financial Assistance:

    If you require financial assistance please print out the application below. There are no guarantees and all applications must be received by the first day of the program to be considered.

  • Scholarship / Financial Aid Information

  • In addition, we offer a deferred payment plan (DPP) for families who cannot pay the lum sump upfront. Please email finance@allabouttheatre.org for more details.

    Registration Paperwork:

    * Register your child by paying the $95.00 deposit fee then print out the forms below and mail in (to complete your child's registration).

    Mail to:
    All About Theatre
    3338 Via Gargano
    Santa Cruz
    CA 95062

  • How To Prepare Information

  • Rules and Regulations Form

  • Conflict Form

  • Parent Volunteer Chart

  • Production Overview - Timeline

  • Parent Letter of Agreement

  • Actor-Parent Contract

  • Other Useful Documents to Look At:

  • How To Memorize Lines

  • Make-Up Needs for the Show

  • If you require financial assistance please print out the application below. There are no guarantees and all applications must be received by the first day of the program to be considered.

  • Scholarship / Financial Aid Information

  • Parent Responsibilities:

    We do mandate a set number of volunteer hours however within the rehearsal run of over three months it`s easy to put in an hour or two here and there (20-30 per family - depending on age of child). We also encourage families to solicit any program ads and aucition items that they are able to. We encourage more volunteer hours if there are two or more children per family in the production.

    Volunteering within your time frame includes (or can include) set painting, needlework, auction item soliciting, dressing-room, poster distribution, tech week supervisor and so on. These positions range from a couple of hours to 20 hours, so you can help in several areas or simply one to fulfill your hours. We rely upon the commitment of the teens and the parents to help in set construction and so on. We offer many different kinds of creative outlets to fulfill you volunteer hours that can work with people who have busy schedules that do not allow for more than a few hours of volunteer work per week. Jobs are separated into three categories; those that are needed to be completed earlier on / those that occur in the middle of the rehearsal run and those that are focused around the show itself (tech week and actual show weekend).

    We will email you closer to the first day of rehearsals to let you know when the Parent Meeting is schedule so that you can attend.

    How To Come Prepared To Auditions & Rehearsals

    Of course listen to the sound clips (use link above) and be familiar with the show and the material as we will be using some of them at call-backs...

    Specific Needs:
  • We request that each actor who comes to rehearsals wear dance wear. Whether that be jogging pants, comfy slacks or shorts, it does not matter. No jeans allowed. Leggings must be worn under skirts.
  • Dance shoes would be best but if none are owned, please be sure to have flexible soled shoes on for the dance auditions.
  • Please bring a water bottle and snacks as they will not be provided.

  • Casting Requirements:

    Strong actor, good singer, good-hearted man
    A flat - E flat

    Excellent singer and actress, comic timing, determined and patient, drives the play forward
    B flat - D

    Strong singer, moves well, comic timing, beautiful yet awkward and clumsy
    A - D

    Some group singing, seemingly no interest in his daughter`s well-being, in one scene

    Good singer, in one scene
    B flat - D

    Good actress, good singer, selfish, mean and nasty
    G - D

    Good actresses, good singers, step-sisters to Cinderella, spoiled brats
    E - G

    Good speaking voice, fiesty and fierce, may be doubled with Cinderella's Mother

    Good actor, excellent singer, capable of transitioning from a simple boy to a more grown-up young man
    A - D

    Good actress, strong speaking voice, some singing
    C - C

    Good actress, strong voice, pushy, bratty and spoiled
    B flat - C

    Good part for young child, moves well

    Strong speaking voice, can be doubled with Narrator role

    Engaging, charismatic, strong speaking voice, some singing, may double as Mysterious Man
    G - B

    Excellent singing voice
    C - A

    Good singers, good actors, brothers, pompous and self-absorbed
    B flat - D flat

    Featured role, good singer
    C - D

    Good actress, strong singer, mysterious, mischievous, mother to Rapunzel
    B flat - C

    Strong speaking voice, can be doubled or played by female

    And many more...

    Musical numbers

    * Overture
    * Into The Woods
    * Cinderella at the Grave
    * Hello, Little Girl
    * I Guess This is Goodbye
    * Maybe They're Magic
    * Our Little World
    * I Know Things Now
    * A Very Nice Prince
    * First Midnight
    * Giants In the Sky
    * Agony
    * A Very Nice Prince (Reprise)
    * It Takes Two
    * Second Midnight
    * Stay With Me
    * On The Steps Of The Palace
    * Ever After
    * So Happy
    * Agony (Reprise)
    * Lament
    * Any Moment
    * Moment In The Woods
    * Your Fault
    * The Last Midnight
    * No More
    * No One is Alone
    * Children Will Listen
    * Bows

    Lindsey Chester (Executive Director): 831-345-6340

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