Kokandy Productions is seeking main cast and understudies for James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim’s Into the Woods, directed by Producing Artistic Director Derek Van Barham, with music direction by Nick Sula. The show will be produced at The Chopin Theatre in Wicker Park.


Escape into a twisted and fantastical fairytale adventure where wishes come true, but not always for free. A trove of storybook characters’ paths intertwine as they chase their deepest desires through an enchanted forest. However, once they receive their happily ever after, the unintended consequences of granted wishes unravel their worlds.

Weaving a euphoric score including the songs “Giants in the Sky,” “On the Steps of the Palace,” “No One Is Alone” and “Children Will Listen” with a darkly humorous book, Into the Woods is a sophisticated musical twist on beloved childhood fables.

We are currently casting for all roles! Current principal character vocal ranges are listed below for reference. Genders and ages in character descriptions are an indication of the way the character is scripted, not of the actors that will be considered for that role. We encourage performers to express interest in any roles they feel they suit and that suit their vocal range. Our team is open to all options and creative solutions for performers, where possible. Please share your comfortable vocal range with your submission materials.

Some roles may be doubled as casting is finalized.


Narrator: Vocal range top: E4. Vocal range bottom: G2. An intellectual and pleasant story-teller who helps to orchestrate the show and illustrate lessons to the audience.

Cinderella: Vocal range top: G5. Vocal range bottom: G3. A young, earnest maiden who is constantly mistreated by her stepmother and stepsisters.

Jack: Vocal range top: G4. Vocal range bottom: B2. The feckless giant killer who is ‘almost a man.’ He is adventurous, naive, energetic, and bright-eyed.

Jack’s Mother: Vocal range top: Gb5. Vocal range bottom: Bb3. Browbeating and weary, Jack’s protective mother who is independent, bold, and strong-willed

The Baker: Vocal range top: G4. Vocal range bottom: Ab2. A harried and insecure baker who is simple and loving, yet protective of his family. He wants his wife to be happy and is willing to do anything to ensure her happiness but refuses to let others fight his battles.

The Baker’s Wife: Vocal range top: G5. Vocal range bottom: F3. Determined and bright woman who wishes to be a mother. She leads a simple yet satisfying life and is very low-maintenance yet proactive in her endeavors.

Cinderella’s Stepmother: Vocal range top: F#5. Vocal range bottom: A3. The mean-spirited, demanding stepmother of Cinderella.

Florinda And Lucinda:. Vocal range top: Ab5. Vocal range bottom: C4. Cinderella’s stepsisters who are black of heart. They follow in their mother’s footsteps of abusing Cinderella.

Little Red Riding Hood: Vocal range top: F5. Vocal range bottom: Bb3. A spoiled young girl who is strong-willed, quick-witted, fearless, yet youthful and naive.

The Witch:  Vocal range top: G5. Vocal range bottom: F3. Sarcastic, ugly-then-gorgeous, obsessive protector of Rapunzel who is straightforward and aggressive.

Cinderella’s Mother: Vocal range top: F4. Vocal range bottom: E4. Deceased with her soul guarding and aiding her daughter from a tree.

Mysterious Man: Vocal range top: Eb4. Vocal range bottom: G2. A mischievous vagrant and nosy meddler. He is a good-natured protector and observer.

Wolf: Vocal range top: Gb4. Vocal range bottom: Bb2. Hungry and insatiable hunter who takes advantage of the weak by misleading and captivating his prey.

Rapunzel: Vocal range top: A5. Vocal range bottom: B3. A loopy-but-lovely maiden who is sheltered by the Witch and terribly lonely. She yearns to experience the world.

Cinderella’s Prince:. Vocal range top: F4 Vocal range bottom: B2. Vain and gorgeous, he is a disloyal lover who is currently searching for the next new, exciting thing.

Rapunzel’s Prince: Vocal range top: E4. Vocal range bottom: C#3. Just as vain and gorgeous as his Prince brother, he is always chasing the newest, most exciting endeavor

The Steward: Vocal range: Ensemble singer. A man-servant who is used to doing whatever he has to solve a problem. His only care is to please his master or the strongest personality in the room. Conniving, callous and cowardly.

Cinderella’s Father: Vocal range: Ensemble singer. Out of touch with his family but harmless and well-meaning. No solo singing Additional doubling and ensemble roles TBD.

Rehearsals begin the week of August 25, 2024 (4-5 rehearsal per week; a mix of weekday evenings and weekend morning/afternoons). Tech begins the week of September 30. First preview Thursday, October 10. Opening night Friday, October 25. Regular performance week is Thur-Sat 7PM, Sun 5PM. The show will run through Sun, December 22, 2024.

Please note there will be three Monday performances on Oct 14, 21 and Dec 9 and one Wednesday performance on Nov 27.  There will be no preview performances on Oct 17-19, and no performance on Thurs, Nov 28 (Thanksgiving Day).

Please utilize the linked form above to upload your headshot/resume and express your interest and availability for this production. Include if there are any specific role(s) for which you’d like to be considered, whether or not you’re interested in understudying and any conflicts you have with the production period.

Please note: We are only accepting head shots and resumes at this time. We encourage head shots be submitted as a pdf or jpeg and resumes be submitted as a pdf, but not required. Max size per file is 10MB.

The submission form does require you be logged into a Google account to upload files. If you are unable to do this, no worries! If you need an alternative to the form or encounter issues any issues with your submission, please email your information and materials to

If invited to audition, candidates will be sent material from the show to prepare via video. Additional in-person callbacks may also be scheduled at a later date.