Directed by Ryan Madala-Klug

Summer Main Stage Musical! 

Auditions: May 21 & 22 from 6:30 - 9:30 pm; Callbacks on May 23

Show Dates: August 11-20


    Auditions will be held for BDACT’s Summer Production of “Into the Woods” on Sunday, May 21st, and Monday, May 22nd, from 6:30 – 9:30.  Callbacks (if necessary) will be held on Tuesday, May 23rd.  You are only required to attend one night of preliminary auditions, but everyone should plan on keeping Tuesday open should you get called back.  We anticipate that you will be at auditions for about 45 minutes to an hour.  Auditions will consist of singing a song selection, a quick monologue, and possibly readings from the script.  There will be no dance audition.

     We are looking for dynamic performers that are up to the challenge to tackle this incredibly intricate piece of theatre! 
     Below you will find all the pertinent audition information and materials.  Please read through everything prior to auditioning.  People who wish to audition for the show should pick one song from the selections below. You will only be allowed to sing one song, so choose the song that most closely aligns with the role you hope to get.  You should also familiarize yourself with the readings and memorize one of the two monologues.  If you have your audition form filled out before you come to audition, it will save you lots of time once you arrive.  Please notate all conflicts on your form.  We will rehearse 4-5 nights per week for the majority of the rehearsal period, but they may differ from week to week depending on conflicts. 
     Video Submissions are more than welcome, but must be submitted before 9:30 pm on Tuesday, May 23rd. 
     Any video submissions, questions regarding auditions, rehearsals, or performances should be directed to Ryan Madala-Klug, at or 920-698-6414.



Director Expectations and Information

Audition Form 

Audition Monologue

Audition Selected Readings

Audition Musical Selections 


James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim take everyone's favorite storybook characters and bring them together for a timeless, yet relevant, piece... and a rare modern classic. The Tony Award-winning book and score are both enchanting and touching.

The story follows 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. Everyone's wish is granted, but the consequences of their actions return to haunt them later with disastrous results.

One of Sondheim's most popular works, Into the Woods is a musically sophisticated show with the opportunity to feature actors adept at dark comedy.



Directed by Bryce Muenchow

Music and Lyrics by Elton John and Tim Rice 

Middle School Production

Registration is due by Thursday, May 25th at 12:00 pm at the Beaver Dam Middle School office located at 108 4th St.

Have you always wanted to perform on stage, but haven't been sure where to begin? Have you already been bitten by the "acting bug" and are looking for your next theatrical fix? Or maybe, you aren't interested in acting but are more of a "behind the scenes" person. Whatever the case, this new summer school class is for you! Come be a part of our show and learn what it takes to put a production together - from auditions to the final bow!

In addition to the on-stage show, there is supplemental curriculum designed to introduce you to a wide range of theatrical skills such as: Directing, Design, Music, Playwriting, Choreography, and more



This class is open to current 6th-8th graders (all students who sign up and audition will be involved in the production)


Class Dates:

June 5 (Auditions - be prepared to sing approximately 30 seconds to a minute of a song of your choosing. You will also be expected to read a short scene. Wear comfortable clothes as there will be some moving around, but no dancing.) Also, please come prepared with your summer calendar through July 23rd so the director is aware of any class conflicts.


June 6th (First read through)

June 12-July 20, 2017 Rehearsals: Mondays - Thursdays,  (no class the week of July 3-7, 2017)             

Time: 10:00am-12:00pm *Optional review time from 12:00-12:30pm (starting June 12)

Where: Beaver Dam Middle School Auditorium.  The last week and a half, class will be held at the Beaver Dam Area Community Theater. Class will meet at the middle school and walk to the theater together and walk back at 12:00pm and 12:30pm.


Show Dates(mandatory): July 20 @ 7:00pm

                                      July 21 @ 1:30pm and 7:00pm

                                      July 22 @ 1:30pm and 7:00pm

                                      July 23 @ 1:30pm


Performances:  Held at the Beaver Dam Area Community Theatre which is located at 219 N. Spring St. in Beaver Dam.  

Director: Bryce Muenchow -

BDMS Summer School Principal: Katie Hahn -


General Summer School Info Here


Character Breakdown

Welcome to The Lion King Experience! Disney's The Lion King has captivated the imagination of audiences around the world. The African savannah comes to life on stage with Simba, Rafiki and an unforgettable cast of characters as they journey from Pride Rock to the jungle... and back again, in this inspiring, coming-of-age tale.

A wise mandrill who acts as healer of the Pridelands and guides Simba on his journey home. She is an omniscient character, evincing an air of mystery. Rafiki has significant solos in "Circle of Life" and "He Lives in You," and leads the African chants throughout the show, so cast a confident performer with a strong singing voice.
Gender: female
The ensemble plays various inhabitants of the Pridelands, such as giraffes, elephants, antelopes, wildebeest, and other creatures you choose to include. This group can have as few or as many performers as your production permits. Be sure to cast many strong singers. There are also several moments to showcase individual dancers in "The Lioness Hunt" and "I Just Can't Wait to Be King."
The strong, honorable, and wise lion who leads the Pridelands. Mufasa should command respect onstage and also show tenderness with his son, Simba. Cast a mature actor who can convincingly portray the king.
Gender: male
A featured lioness, Mufasa's mate, and Simba's mother. Sarabi has a few key speaking lines for an actor who can deliver the care and command of a queen.
Gender: female
The anxious yet loyal assistant to Mufasa who is always busy trying to do his duty. Zazu's lyrics are spoken rather than sung, and the role can be played by a boy or girl.
Gender: both
The antagonist of the show, overcome with jealousy of his brother, Mufasa, and nephew, Simba. Coldhearted and wickedly intelligent, he will stop at nothing to become king of the Pridelands. Cast a mature performer who can bring out this villain's dark side while handling Scar's sarcastic sense of humor. As his solos can be spoken, opt for an actor over a singer.
Gender: male
Young Simba
The protagonist of the story, is an adventurous and endearing cub who can't wait to be king of the Pridelands. Simba is playful, energetic, and naive, but after his father Mufasa's death, Simba struggles with shame and his destiny. Cast a strong singer and dynamic performer in this role.
Gender: male
Grows from a cub to lion in "Hakuna Matata." Older Simba has more complex moments as he reunites with Nala, mourns his father, and returns to confront Scar, so cast a more mature actor. Be sure that the change in actors is clear: Try having Young Simba hand-off a costume piece, such as a medallion, to older Simba. Also be sure that Simba and Young Simba share a movement vocabulary.
Gender: male
The fierce hunters of the Pridelands and featured in "The Lioness Hunt," "The Mourning," and "Shadowland." These actors should be strong singers, as the material can be challenging. Depending on the complexity of your choreography, particuarly for "The Lioness Hunt," strong dancers may be desirable as well.
Gender: female
Young Nala
A courageous lion and Young Simba's best friend. She is not afraid to speak her mind. While Young Nala does sing a little, look for a strong female performer who can portray this confident cub.
Gender: female
Grows from a cub to a lioness before she confronts Scar, so cast a more mature actress to play the character beginning in Scene 10, As with older Simba and Young Simba, ensure that this switch in actors performing a single role is clear. Direct the actors to share a mask or costume piece that distinctly represents Nala, as well as a movement vocabulary.
Gender: female
A featured lioness and Nala's mother. She has one short, spoken line, so consider giving this part to an actor who is putting in a lot of effort and hard work in rehearsal as a lioness.
Gender: female
One of Scar's hyenas who plot to take over the Pridelands. She is the sassy one of the trio and is always looking out for herself. With Banzai and Ed, she should be able to laugh loudly and long, as well as be menacing to Young Simba and Young Nala.
Gender: female
A slick yet childish hyena who works for Scar. He would be the leader of the group if hyenas weren't so lazy. Look for an outgoing and confident actor who can portray nastiness and gruffness. As banzai is always featured with Shenzi and Ed, consider audit
Gender: male
The third member of Scar's trio of lackeys. He has a loud, cackling laugh that is his only form of communication. Ed should be played by an actor who can laugh unabashedly and communicate through physicality and facial expressions rather than words. This role can be played by a boy or girl.
Gender: both
Scar's army, helping carry out his evil plot to take over the Pridelands. Hyenas are mangy, mindless creatures who sing in "Be Prepared." Cast actors who are able to sing the background parts of that song while playing the loud and raucous characters. Your hyenas can double as animals of the Pridelands or lionesses.
Gender: both
An outcast meerkat who lives in the jungle with Pumbaa. He is afraid of his own shadow, but pretends to be the confident, relaxed leader of the duo. Timon is one of the funniest characters in the show and should be played by a charismatic actor who understands comic timing. This part can be played by a boy or a girl.
Gender: both
A kindhearted, sensitive warthog who enjoys his simple life of grubs and relaxation. Cast a boy or girl who can portray this loveable and loyal friend to Timon and Simba with deadpan humor.
Gender: both

This production is presented by arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI) New York, NY 



The Beaver Dam Area Community Theatre has become a vital organization for our communities, offering so much opportunity for education and entertainment to everyone of all ages. For our youth, it is a “door” to explore their talents and future career choices, as well as a way to build their self-esteem and enjoy positive childhood experiences. For adults, it gives opportunities to discover and show talents, to build skills, to establish new friendships, and to gain a great sense of pride in their accomplishments.


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