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While working with a student on a callback for the part of Georgia in the musical Curtains. We came across the word Ingénue and she had no idea what it meant. I thought, wow that’s actually a word that is referred to in the world of musical theatre all the time, but it is hardly ever used in modern everyday conversations. So here’s a little visual help for young performers who might not be familiar with this word. In musical theatre… an ingénue is usually played by an actress with more of a sweet soprano voice as opposed to an actress with a big “charactery” belt. You will often see this word used in the character breakdown (description) in an audition posting.

ingenue - musical theatre