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I have an audition for Into the Woods with a Community Theatre in the near future. I would love the role of either Little Red Riding Hood or the Baker's Wife. I'm 18 and an alto who can hit soprano. I'm having a hard time finding a song that works for both characters and let's me stand out a bit. Any suggestions?

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Hi, Jayde –

Thank you for the question.

Sondheim is quite exact in what he wants. The essential difference between the two characters is their age – even if the two performers are the same age, i.e., in a high school setting. In some professional audition notices Little Red is described as a bright belter, sometimes a soprano. That Music Director is looking for an Innocent. By contrast, the Baker’s wife must demonstrate a gutsy middle register, even a belt. The woman is sexually frustrated.

As the audition panel watches you walk into the room – and before you open your mouth – which of these two people are they more likely to see? Everybody who has ever wanted to be in this show is going to be at this audition. Consider the following.

For Little Red:

“Feelings” (in the key of C) from The Apple Tree
http://www.musicnotes.com/sheetmusic/mtd.asp?ppn=MN0084907

“If Momma Was Married” (in the key of A Major) from Gypsy
http://www.musicnotes.com/sheetmusic/mtd.asp?ppn=MN0051951_U1

For the Baker’s Wife:

“Could I Leave You” (in the key of D) from Follies
http://www.musicnotes.com/sheetmusic/mtd.asp?ppn=MN0113781_D2

“You Can Always Count on Me” (in the key of C) from City of Angels:
http://www.musicnotes.com/sheetmusic/mtd.asp?ppn=MN0051096_U2

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I am a professional vocal coach in San Francisco. I have published over 3300 responses related to vocal training - particularly as it relates to Musical Theatre, Pop/Standard, and Opera. I have 30 years of experience as a personal trainer to working singers and actors in the San Francisco Bay Area. I sang professionally for 20 years and know what it means to live the life of a musician. I can determine your voice category, i.e., Tenor, Baritone, Bass, Soprano, Mezzo-Soprano, Alto, Alto Belter, etc., and how to broaden and strengthen your range. Need an audition song for a Broadway Musical? I can assist you with your song selections and help you build an audition portfolio that demonstrates your vocal category and meets the requirements specified in the audition notice. I have created a vocal methodology, "The Belter`s Method". It will enable those in Cabaret and Musical Theatre to practice more efficiently because it focuses on the vocal demands of professional performers and will keep you performance-ready. If what you want is a better voice and more control over your career moves and choices, contact me at: BroadwayBelters@yahoo.com I am also a music and cultural critic for HuffingtonPost.com and Examiner.com. I interview internationally recognized musicians, singers, dancers, and recording artists -- particularly those who are now appearing or scheduled to perform in San Francisco.

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As a vocal coach, I work primarily with singers and actors throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. My students range from absolute beginners to working professionals, from kids to senior citizens. The vast majority of my clients come to me through recommendation. I know how to identify any singer's vocal category, i.e., soprano, tenor, alto, baritone, etc. I know how to muscle-up every singer's vocal range and to expand it beyond conventional definitions. I have developed a vocal methodology for those who want to know how to belt, THE BELTER'S METHOD. There are a number of major components to my work as a vocal coach. The first is to identify the client's vocal category and to strengthen and maximize the vocal range accordingly. Then it's about teaching a reliable vocal workout that will enable the client to gain better control of their musicianship. That includes scale work to expand the vocal range and to improve placement, breath control, and diction. Then we work on material for the audition portfolio, the immediate job or assignment, a recording session, etc. My task to is to better equip singers and actors who are hoping to or relying upon their performance skills and vocal endurance to maintain a career in the Performing Arts. My clients regularly appear in cabarets and musical productions throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. Some have worked in New York and gone on National Tours. For more information, Contact me at: Broadwaybelters@yahoo.com

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