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Are you a director and interested in directing at Eltham Little Theatre? Our play selection committee would love to hear from you.

The current play selection committee membership is:

James Banger (Convenor)

Pat Alcock

Roderick Chappel

Gareth Clarke

Marti Ibrahim

Alison Jones

Drew Mason

Georgina Topp

Trudi Walters

We would love to hear your ideas. One Act plays, rehearsed play readings, full length plays, choir, dance and any other production ideas you may have.

Send your ideas to the play selection committee including the dates you are available. Email

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Into the Woods Jr. by

Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. Book by James Lapine

 Directed by Gareth Clarke


Once upon a time…

“…a fair maiden a sad young lad and a childless baker with his wife…"


Be careful what you wish for, as Stephen Sondheim’s and James Lapine’s cockeyed fairytale comes to life in this adaptation of their groundbreaking, Tony Award-winning musical.


Into the Woods JR. features all of your favourite characters — Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack (and his beanstalk) and the Witch — in this lyrically rich retelling of classic Brothers Grimm fables.


The musical centres on a baker and his wife, who wish to have a child; Cinderella, who wishes to attend the King's festival; and Jack, who wishes his cow would give milk. When the baker and his wife learn that they cannot have a child because of a witch's curse, the two set off on a journey to break the curse, and wind up changed forever.



Please prepare one 60-90 second song.

Remember to choose a song that fits the role you want to be considered for (if applicable) but make sure it isn’t from ‘Into the Woods’.

Piano accompaniment will not be available so please bring your backing track on a Bluetooth enabled phone or CD. Please ensure your backing track is downloaded - WIFI is NOT available at the theatre and mobile network is notoriously patchy (otherwise you will have to perform your song acapella).


Prepare a 60 second monologue

When selecting a monologue, think about the role you’re auditioning for – what sort of character are they? Research the character and try to select a monologue delivered by a similar character in a different show. Find a piece that showcases your acting range and doesn’t sound too much like yourself.


Finally, we will complete a vocal range assessment.


Wear comfortable clothes and please bring to your audition

  1. Completed audition form

  2. A bottle of water

  3. Any accompaniment tracks you would like to use


Auditions will be held in 15-minute blocks

Please arrive 10 mins before your scheduled audition time


At the audition you will meet the Director, the Assistant Director and the MD


If you need to cancel or rearrange your audition, please contact Gareth Clarke on 0432 548 060


If you receive a callback, you will be asked to read a scene with other performers and you will also be asked to sing a few lines from a character song from the show. Please be familiar with the songs for the character/s you are auditioning for.


Selection Process

We are looking for a maximum cast of 25 youth performers for this production.

Depending on how many people audition for the show, not everyone will be successful this time.

Auditioning for a youth musical is a lengthy and involved process – it takes many hours of work by dedicated volunteers.

The Eltham Little Theatre production of Into the Woods JR utilises recorded backing tracks, provided by Musical Theatre International, we do not have a live orchestra and therefore one of the first ways we’re able to determine casting is based on vocal range. We cannot change the key of a song for a performer whose vocal range may not suit the role they want.

We have included a character breakdown below along with the vocal range required – we hope this can help manage some expectations and prepare the young performers for the roles they are best suited to.


Cast Announcement

Once recalls have been completed, offers have been sent and accepted, we would like to invite our cast and their families to an announcement evening at Eltham Little Theatre on Thurs 28th March 6:00pm-7:00pm

We will present the cast with their books, soundtrack, some pre work to be completed over the school holidays and it will be an opportunity for cast and families to meet each other as well as the core production team.

We will also talk through code of conduct for cast, crew and parents/guardians as well as how parents/families can best help and support the team and their young people.


All members of cast and crew are required to become members of Eltham Little Theatre – this ensures that you are covered under the ELT volunteers workers insurance for the duration of the rehearsal and production period.


Cost of ELT membership is $25.00 (please check to make sure you don’t already have a valid membership).


A production fee of $150 is payable for each cast member – this covers the cost of costume and show hoodie.


Once we have announced the cast for Into the Woods Jr we will send out link/s for payment.

Audition Dates

Sunday 4 February - 7:00 PM - 10:15 PM

Monday 5 February - 7:00 PM - 10:15 PM

Wednesday 7 February - 7:30 PM - 9:45 PM

Book an audition

To book an audition time, click or tap here

To contact the Director with inquiries, to request a script and a list of audition pieces, email

Read Through

At first rehearsal.

Rehearsals & Key Dates

All cast members must be available for all performances.

A maximum of two rehearsals may be missed (unless previously arranged with the production team and/or under exceptional circumstances). If more than two rehearsals are missed your role may be reassigned to another performer.

Rehearsals commence on: Wednesday 17th April 2024

At Eltham Performing Arts Centre – home of Eltham Little Theatre.

Read through of script with full cast and production team will take place at first rehearsal.

Rehearsals thereafter;


Wednesday, 17th April 7:00-9:00pm

Saturday, 20th & 27th April, 4th May 2:00-6:00pm

Friday, 10th May, 7:00-9:00pm

Sunday 19th & 26th May, 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd & 30th June, 10:00-2:00pm

*Full rehearsal schedule will be provided when casting has been completed


Production week (leading up to opening night)

Monday 1st July 2024 – Friday 5th July 2024

More details to follow

Performance Dates

To be confirmed (July 2024).

Character Descriptions


The narrator is the storyteller who speaks directly to the audience. This character helps control the pacing of the show and always needs to be ready for their next entrance, as they pop in and out throughout the story

*This role will be split into a small chorus of approx. 5-7 performers – this will involve ensemble work and some puppetry for Milky White & Cinderella’s birds.



Jack is an energetic young man who is always looking for an adventure. He begins this show as a simple little boy (his best friend is a cow), but by the end of the show he learns a few valuable lessons.

Vocal range top: E5

Vocal range bottom: A3


Jack's Mother

Raising a son and running a farm all by herself has made Jack's Mother a bit frazzled and most definitely overworked. Jack’s Mother is a great role for a character actor with solid comic timing and good singing skills. 

Vocal range top: D5

Vocal range bottom: Bb3



The Baker is a good-hearted, likeable person who believes he can take on the Witch’s curse all by himself. At first, this confidence and his desire to have a child drives him, but he soon learns he needs his wife’s help to accomplish the goal.

Vocal range top: F#4

Vocal range bottom: A3


Baker's Wife

The Baker's Wife is a strong, determined and loving woman whose desire to have a child drives the action of the whole show. Her storyline helps tie all the characters storylines together

Vocal range top: E5

Vocal range bottom: A3


Little Red Ridinghood

Little Red starts the show as a loud, bratty, pushy, glutton who happily manipulates people and situations to get her way. Eventually, she learns some valuable lessons and softens around the edges. Strong sense of musicality required as their songs are often rhythmically challenging

Vocal range top: Eb5

Vocal range bottom: Bb3



The Witch is an ancient, mysterious and manipulative woman who will do anything possible to regain her beauty and protect Rapunzel. While she may seem old and haggard, she still has the strength to control other people.

Vocal range top: C5

Vocal range bottom: C4


Florinda and Lucinda

Cinderella's Stepsisters are spoiled brats who care only about themselves and marrying Cinderella's Prince.

Vocal range top: G4

Vocal range bottom: C4


Mysterious Man

Just like the name suggests, this is one mysterious man. Everything he does is to help the Baker, but he does not explain his motives until the last moment. Non-singing role.



The Wolf is a sly and dangerous character intently focused on attacking Little Red Ridinghood.

Vocal range top: D5

Vocal range bottom: Bb3



Granny is a feisty woman who is not afraid to fight the Wolf face to face. Non-singing role



The Steward is the servant of Cinderella’s Prince. He is dependable and willing to do whatever Cinderella’s Prince asks. This is a smaller featured role.


Cinderella's Father

Cinderella's Father will not win any Father-of-the-Year awards. He doesn't care about his daughter's well-being or her actions. Non-singing role.


Cinderella's Prince

Cinderella's Prince is a conceited man who adamantly pursues Cinderella and can't take no for an answer. When not chasing her, he is trying to show up Rapunzel's Prince.

Vocal range top: D5

Vocal range bottom: B3


Cinderella's Mother

Cinderella' s Mother comforts Cinderella in her one short song. She has no dialogue

Vocal range top: D5

Vocal range bottom: D4


Rapunzel's Prince

Rapunzel's Prince is the pompous and arrogant brother of Cinderella's Prince. Sibling rivalry runs rampant between the brothers, including each brother's belief that his lady love is the most beautiful.

Vocal range top: D5

Vocal range bottom: B3


Cinderella's Stepmother

Cinderella's Stepmother is a mean, evil woman who only cares about her birth children, daughters Florinda and Lucinda. She has only a few singing lines.



Cinderella is a simple peasant girl whose one wish is to go to the Festival. Unfortunately, when her wish comes true she learns that wishes sometimes come with consequences. Cinderella’s inner beauty always shines through her sometimes clumsy and awkward exterior.

Vocal range top: G5

Vocal range bottom: A3



Rapunzel has been stuck in a tower for the majority of her life. Finally, she stands up to the Witch in order to get out to see the world. An excellent soprano singer required

Vocal range top: F#5

Vocal range bottom: G4




Eltham Little Theatre has a long and happy tradition of working with youth in the theatre. Since ELT’s inception in 1958 there has been a production specifically for youth performers for nearly every one of those years.

It is only in recent times that we have been able to offer any sort of theatre craft education classes on a weekend. As you may imagine, due to the volunteer nature of our organisation, lessons we are able to provide depend heavily on individual member availability each year.

If you would like to be informed of upcoming youth activities at the theatre please email our youth coordinators.

Youth Classes – General information

Our courses are run for 10 to 18 year olds with separate classes for primary and secondary students. The program explores acting and role play, script reading, monologues and audition preparation. We also look at theatre craft and the importance of staging, lighting, sound, sets, costumes, props and how these things impact an actor’s performance.

When available, classes run within the school term for an average of 7 to 8 weeks in duration. Start times and days can vary but usually classes are held on a Saturday morning between 10 and 12 depending and run for 1 hour’s duration.

Lessons will be focussed on various aspects of theatre work each term including but not limited to the following subjects:

  • audition techniques and preparation

  • theatre craft

  • script reading

  • script interpretation

  • improvisation

  • acting techniques

  • musical theatre

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