Uptown Players announces auditions for the musical Spring Awakening, which runs January 31 – February 3, 2019 at the Moody Performance Hall. The production is under the direction of Jeremy Dumont, with Musical Direction by Isaac Leaverton.
Spring Awakening features a book and lyrics by Steven Sater and music by Duncan Sheik. With an electrifying score that swings from folk to rock, Spring Awakening follows the unforgettable journey of a group of students in late 19th century Germany as they move from adolescence into adulthood. Facing both the devastation and the wonder of sexuality and self-discovery, the characters navigate through their coming-of-age despite parents and authority figures who are intent on withholding information and suppressing thought and expression. This landmark musical is an electrifying fusion of morality, sexuality and rock and roll.
The following roles are open to both equity and non-equity actors. There are four LOA/LORT principal equity contracts available for this production. Please be advised that most of the characters in Spring Awakening are teenagers. Auditionees must be 17 years or older at the time of the audition and should consider their ability to convincingly depict a stage age of 16-18. The show contains adult language and deals frankly and directly with important subjects such as sexuality, abortion, mental illness, suicide and grief.
ANNA: A German schoolgirl and Martha's best friend. Has a difficult time understanding Martha's trials. A3 - C5.
ILSE: Martha's sister, who shares her dark secret and has run away from home to live in an artists' colony. Moritz's last hope. G3 - E5.
MARTHA: A schoolgirl with a life-changing secret. G3 - E5.
THEA: Wendla's best friend. A schoolgirl who tries to stay innocent and pure. A3 - E5.
WENDLA: Innocent, but with every passing day, she grows more curious about the world around her. Both vulnerable and a willing participant in her evolution. Partial brief nudity may be required. G3 - E5.
ERNST: A schoolmate of Melchior's. Naive, easily manipulated. Unsure. C3 - A4 Baritenor.
GEORG: A schoolmate of Melchior's who is overcome with his feelings for his piano teacher. D3 - D5 Tenor Georg needs to be able to sing up to a D5 in falsetto. The bulk of his range is between. Ab2 - A4.
HANSCHEN: A schoolmate of Melchior's who is comfortable with his own sexuality and uses his looks and intelligence to manipulate another student. C3 - A4 Baritenor.
MELCHIOR: A smart, headstrong boy who refuses to bow down to society's rules. Charismatic. An atheist. Struggles with his intense feelings for Wendla. Partial brief nudity may be required. G2 - G4
MORITZ: A tormented and troubled student who desperately tries to please his father, but always seems to disappoint him. Has haunting dreams. Melchior's best friend. B2 - A4 Tenor.
OTTO: A classmate of Melchior's who struggles with feelings he considers inappropriate. C3 - B4 Baritenor.
ADULT MAN: Multiple roles, including HERR STIEFL (Mortiz's father), HERR GABOR (Melchior's Father), and HERR SONNENSTITCH (the boy's teacher). (This is mainly an acting role but some singing is required)
ADULT WOMAN: Multiple roles, including FANNY (Melchior's mother), FRAU BERGMAN (Wendla's mother), and the teacher. (This is mainly an acting role but some singing is required).
Vocal auditions will be held by appointment on Saturday, October 20 from 10am to 5pm at the Kalita Humphreys Theater, 3636 Turtle Creek Boulevard (@ Blackburn), Dallas TX 75219. An accompanist will be provided. Please prepare 16 bars of two contrasting contemporary Broadway musical selections in the style of Spring Awakening. You must bring sheet music in the correct key. A headshot and resume are required at auditions. For an audition appointment, fill out the online request HERE
A movement callback will be held on Sunday evening, October 21 between 7pm and 10pm. You will be taught a combination that reflects the style of movement required for the show. Full callbacks will take place on Monday, October 22 from 7pm to 10pm.
Rehearsals will begin the week of January 7, 2019 and will take place mostly at the Kalita Humphreys Theater, leading up to performance week. The production runs January 31 - February 3, 2019 at the Moody Performance Hall. For additional information, visit www.uptownplayers.org