Auditions for “Spring Awakening”

Footlighters Theater in Berwyn, PA is excited to announce open auditions for Spring Awakening.

All roles are open. We are seeking a diverse cast and ensemble of singer/actors ages 16+, and two adults who read 40-50 years old to play various adult roles. Actors familiar with ASL and who play instruments are strongly encouraged to audition.

The winner of eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical, told by Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater through what Entertainment Weekly called, “the most gorgeous Broadway score this decade,” SPRING AWAKENING explores the journey from adolescence to adulthood with a poignancy and passion that is illuminating and unforgettable. The landmark musical is an electrifying fusion of morality, sexuality and rock and roll that is exhilarating audiences across the nation like no other musical in years.

Auditions:
Tuesday June 26th 7:00-10pm
Thursday June 28th 7:00-10pm

All auditioners are asked to prepare one complete musical theatre song in the style of the show (pop/rock,) and to bring sheet music in the correct key; an accompanist will be provided. Songs from the show are acceptable, if the auditioner is wishing to be considered for that role in the show. Dress comfortably and be prepared to dance/move. Please bring a current headshot and resume, if possible. There will also be sides available, and anyone wishing to be considering for a named part may be asked to do a cold reading.

Rehearsals are expected to begin the week following auditions, and will run 2 times per week ( Tuesdays and Thursdays) throughout summer until closer to the show, then Sunday’s will be added. Actors will not be called to all rehearsals, however due to the show being extremely ensemble focused, excessive conflicts may not be able to be honored. To be considered for a featured role please bring any known conflicts to auditions.

PLEASE NOTE: Because of the nature of the content of this show, we are seeking actors over the age of 18; actors ages 16-17 will need parental consent if cast in the show.

CHARACTER LIST (ALL ROLES ARE OPEN)

MELCHIOR – Male. A smart, headstrong boy who refuses to bow down to society’s rules. An atheist and radical student. Struggles with his intense feelings for Wendla and his awakening sexual urges. Though logical and highly intelligent, he is a fiercely loyal friend and an open-hearted young man with the ability to feel and experience things wholly and intensely. Seeking a strong actor and singer with strong movement ability. Range: G2 – B4.

MORITZ – Male Melchior’s best friend and a troubled student. He desperately tries to please his father, but always seems to disappoint him. His haunting sexual dreams and academic failures eventually drive him to suicidal thoughts. Seeking an actor willing and able to explore the darkness of angst and depression and be able to physicalize extraordinarily strong feelings. Seeking a strong actor and singer with strong movement ability. Range: C3-A4.

WENDLA – Female Innocent. With every passing day, she grows more curious about the world around her and her changing body. Both vulnerable and a willing participant in her evolution. Explores her newly-found sexuality with Melchior. Seeking a strong actor and singer with strong movement ability. Range: E3 – E5 .

ADULT MAN – Male, 40-50 years old – Plays a variety of rigid adult roles. Characters include: HERR SONNENSTITCH, the boys’ teacher; HEADMASTER KNOCHENBRUCH; HERR NEUMANN, Ilse’s father; HERR RILOW, Hanschen’s father; HERR STIEFEL, Moritz’s father; FATHER KAULBACH; DOCTOR VON BRAUSEPULVER; HERR GABOR, Melchior’s father; and SCHMIDT. Range: D3 – F4.

ADULT WOMAN – Female, 40-50 years old – Plays a variety of rigid adult roles. Characters include: FRAU BERGMAN, Wendla’s mother; FRAULEIN KNUPPELDICK; FRAULEIN GROSSEBUSTENHALTER; FRAU GABOR, Melchior’s mother; and FRAU BESSELL, Martha’s mother. Range: D3 – A4.

ANNA – Female A schoolgirl and Martha’s best friend. Optimistic and a bit naïve, she has a difficult time understanding Martha’s trials. Seeking a strong actor and singer with strong movement ability. Range: E3 – C5.

ERNST – Male, A schoolmate of Melchior’s just starting to explore his homosexuality. Naïve, sweet and easily manipulated, which allows him to fall in love with the egotistical Hanschen. Seeking a strong actor and singer with strong movement ability. Optional Doubling as REINHOLD. Range: Ab2 – A4.

GEORG – Male A clumsy schoolmate of Melchior’s. He is overcome with his feelings for his piano teacher – ability to play piano is a plus. Seeking a strong actor and singer with strong movement ability. Optional Doubling as DIETER. Range: Ab2 – D5.

HANSCHEN – Male. A comically narcissistic schoolmate of Melchior’s. He is comfortable with his own sexuality and uses his looks and intelligence to captivate Ernst. Seeking a strong actor and singer with strong movement ability. Optional Doubling as RUPERT. Range: Ab2 – D5.

ILSE – Female, Martha’s sister, who was also abused and has run away from home to live in an artists’ colony. She reaches out to her old friend Moritz in the last moments of his life. Seeking a strong singer and actress with a unique voice – playing piano is a plus. Range: E3 – E5.

MARTHA – Female. A schoolgirl who faces constant physical abuse from her father. She harbors a secret crush towards Moritz. Seeking a strong alto with warm depth as an actress and singer. Range: E3 – E5.

OTTO – Male. A classmate of Melchior’s. He struggles with feelings he considers inappropriate. Seeking a strong actor and singer with strong movement ability. Optional Doubling as ULBRECHT. Range: Ab2 – D5.

THEA – Female. Wendla’s best friend. A schoolgirl who tries to stay innocent and pure. Seeking a strong actor and singer with strong movement ability.

Performance Dates:
September 14, 15, 21, 22, 28, 29 at 8PM
September 15, 16, 22, 23, 29 at 2PM

Footlighters of Berwyn is a membership based organization, all roles are open and non-paid.

Please email SpringFootlighters@gmail.com to reserve an Audition day/time, or with any questions you may have.

Production team led by Melody Dougherty, Chloé Sierka, Cindy Mack, & Danielle Lachall.

We hope to see you there!

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