Theater auditions: ‘Spring Awakening’ at Breakthrough

Here’s an audition notice for the musical Spring Awakening at Breakthrough Theatre:

The Breakthrough Theatre of Winter Park will hold auditions for the regional premier of the musical Spring Awakening, with music by Duncan Sheik and a book and lyrics by Steven Sater.

Claiming 8 Tony Awards in 2007 including Best Musical, Best Book, and Best Score, Spring Awakening explores teenage angst to its core, and tackles the challenges young people face on their road to adulthood. The show is set to a hauntingly powerful pop/rock score by Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater.

The show will be directed by Wade Hair, with musical direction by Don Hopkinson, and Erynn Hair will be assistant director.

Audition Times:
Friday, June 3, 7-9 p.m. (additional date, added after this was posted)
Saturday, June 4, 1-3 p.m. (music). 4-6 p.m. (dance)
Sunday, June 5, 4:30-7 p.m. (music), 7-9 p.m. (dance)

No appointments taken.

Each person auditioning must prepare 16 bars of both a ballad and an upbeat song. You MAY do songs from the show. A piano accompanist will be provided. No a capella!

*Some people will be asked to stay for a dance audition, so wear comfortable shoes and clothing. Some people will also be asked to read from the script.

All actors (except the 2 adult roles) must LOOK LIKE high school students, and you must be at least 16 to audition.

Due to the mature nature of the show, anyone under 18 will need written permission from a parent before getting cast.

The show will run July 28-Aug 22 (4 weekends).

Rehearsal dates and times will be provided at the audition, but will be held on weeknights AND weekends.

Characters:

The Children:

  • Melchior, headstrong, handsome, and charismatic. He knows much more than the others because of what he reads in books.
  • Moritz, Melchior’s insecure best friend whose dreams of women haunt him to the point that he is too afraid to fall asleep.
  • Wendla, a childhood friend of the boys; she falls for Melchior.
  • Ilse, another childhood friend who runs away from a sexually abusive home to become a Bohemian; (symbolically) Moritz’s last offer of hope.
  • Hanschen, a very humorous, almost arrogant classmate of the boys. An effortless perfectionist who easily seduces Ernst.
  • Georg, another classmate who lusts after his older, busty piano teacher.
  • Martha, one of Wendla’s friends who is abused sexually by her father.
  • Ernst, a naive classmate of the boys who falls deeply for Hanschen’s seduction.
  • Otto, another classmate who dreamt of his mother, as Melchior humorously reveals to Moritz in an effort to help him relax.
  • Thea, one of Wendla’s friends, a girl who tries to brush her feelings of sexual desire under the carpet to please adults.
  • Anna, one of Wendla’s friends, who cannot wrap her head around Martha’s trials.

The Adults (all roles played by one male and one female):

  • Fanny Gabor, Melchior’s mother. Very open to the idea of her son understanding his body and desires and tries to provide counsel to her son’s friend Moritz
  • Herr Gabor, Melchior’s father. He allows Fanny to dictate the way their son lives his life, but ultimately is the one to send him away.
  • Herr Stiefel, Moritz’s father. He has high standards for his son and is furious when Moritz fails.
  • The Teachers, who favour Melchior in the beginning and who dislike Moritz. They see him as a bad egg who will contaminate the others.
  • Fraulein Grossenbustenhalter, Georg’s piano teacher who he dreams of.
  • Frau Bergmann, Wendla’s mother. She doesn’t want her daughter to grow up and tries to keep her young and innocent by refusing to give her lessons about her changing body.
  • Hanschen’s father (Herr Rilow), who appears briefly during “My Junk.”

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