Acting in Plays, Singing/Into the woods audition
I absolutely adore the musical Into the Woods and I am finally going to get the chance to audition when my high school does it for their spring musical next year. The character I have chosen to audition for is little red. To insure I put forth the best audition possible I am asking your assistance in choosing a proper song. I am an alto but unaware of which notes I can hit exactly. Since I have so little information on my voice I can tell you I have sung Nothing from A Chorus Line and that suited my voice very well. I recently performed I caint say no from Oklahoma for my musical theatre class. Although I did hit all the notes, some were more difficult. The song I am considering is anything goes but I am really looking for something more appropriate for the musical. Do you have any suggestions? I go to a performing arts school so the competition singing wise is very tough. I have a good voice but not one of those "wow" voices so I depend mostly on my acting abilities and usually chose a song that is more of a conversation. I understand red does not have to be the strongest vocally so I think this is my best role option. Thanks so much for you help!
Hi, Madi --
Thank you for the question.
Who told you Little Red does not have to be strong vocally? Whoever—they don’t know what they’re talking about. Everyone in a Stephen Sondheim show must be vocally strong and secure in their range. Moreover, you have to be an excellent musician. Sondheim is not easy stuff.
“Nothing” from A CHORUS LINE is a wonderful song, but sits low in the voice: G3-B4. By contrast, Little Red’s vocal range in “I Know Things Now” stretches from C4-Eb5. That translates to a major 4th higher. “I Cain’t Say No” sits in that same range, the high note D5 being one-half step lower than “I Know Things Now”.
You have plenty of time to prepare for this show. If you want to audition successfully for Little Red, then you need to pull your upper register to F5 -- one whole step above Eb5. You want to know walking out the door that your voice is secure at least one whole step above and below the range of your performance or audition song.
Some audition notices describe Little Red as being a soprano. What They mean by that is a youthful sounding voice. Technically, Little Red sits in the range of a mezzo-soprano -- but, again, with a young sound. She is most certainly not the soprano required for Cinderella.
Get some vocal coaching. Perhaps you are mezzo who simply needs to develop her upper register. My job as a professional vocal coach is to show you how.
Consider the following songs:
Broadway Baby (Follies) -- Range: C4-E5
You’ve Got Possibilities (It’s A Bird...It’s A Plane...It’s Superman) -- Range: C4-D5
Also consider a cutting from “If Momma Was Married” from GYPSY:
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