Acting in Plays, Singing/Into The Woods-the Witch
Since you seem extremely knowledgeable on the subject I was hoping for some advice. I already know the basics of auditioning (nothing Disney, nothing from that show, nothing overdone, shows off range and vocal skill etc) my problem is actually FINDING songs that fit this!! I'm a soprano with a solid belt, and as a character role I think the witch would be a good part for me. I've spent lots of time looking, but I'm still clueless. Help?
thank you so much,
Thank you for the question. I appreciate that you don’t want to hear some commonly understood rules repeated.
Here’s what will help you to have a more effective audition.
The role of the witch belongs to a mezzo-soprano with a strong lower extension.
No one is ever going to higher a soprano to sing this role.
The starring role for a soprano in Stephen Sondheim’s INTO THE WOODS is Cinderella. Learn her song “On the steps of the palace”. The range is A3--E5. Once you know how to sing that, then consider “Green Finch and Linnet Bird” from SWEENEY TODD for your audition.
Also consider “Feelings” from THE APPLE TREE by Jerry Bock
In the meantime, make an investment in the anthologies below. They contain the Broadway material written specifically for the soprano voice. The songs are also published in the original keys:
Singer's Musical Theatre Anthology, Soprano – Vol. 1, revised
Singer's Musical Theatre Anthology, Soprano – Vol. 2
Singer's Musical Theatre Anthology, Soprano – Vol. 3
Singer's Musical Theatre Anthology, Soprano – Vol. 4
Singer's Musical Theatre Anthology, Soprano – Vol. 5
My job as a professional vocal coach and singing teacher is to develop and strengthen your soprano range and to work with you on your audition portfolio.
I am a vocal coach to working singers in the San Francisco Bay Area.
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