Acting in Plays, Singing/Bakers Wife Audition Song


I have noted your post from 2012 regarding this but I wanted to ask once more. I am an alto (but I can sing falsetto soprano pretty well) and my voice is pretty fragile (I cannot belt too loudly). For my Into the Woods Audition soon, I wanted to try for the Witch or Bakers Wife. But the witch seems too large with too many vocal belts and loud notes! I will lose my voice too quickly. I wanted to try for the B.W. Can you name any other Sondheim Musicals that have some bakers wife-like songs in them?

What is the highest note I have to be able to hit? Do the songs you will mention include that note?

I appreciate your time and attention.

Hi, Lea --

Thank you for the question.

The range of the Baker’s Wife extends from G3 to E5. Most of the range in her songs sits between those two points.

Here are links to three Sondheim songs you may want to consider. Notice that the site allows you to transpose the key. The links I have included are in the key which may work best for you:

Could I Leave You? – FOLLIES


Another Hundred People – COMPANY

Before the audition, learn the material sung by the Baker’s Wife. By doing that, you will know how to present the song you choose to sing.

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