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National Auditions Announced For Spring Awakening

15 Oct , 2021  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

The Renaissance Theatre announces national virtual auditions for Spring Awakening the musical, which is to be performed live at Theatre 166.

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 are open to performers ages 18 or older, and those under the age of 18 wishing to audition will require parental permission.

All diversities are encouraged to submit as the Renaissance maintains a policy of equal opportunity casting. All Renaissance Theatre health and safety policies are strictly enforced and are subject to change at any time. Currently, all actors are required to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination or proof of negative COVID-19 test results every 72 hours during the rehearsal and performance process. 

Auditionees are asked to prepare 32 bars of a song in the style of the show. Please submit a resume, headshot, and audition video via email to [email protected]. Callback sides will be provided as needed by the casting director.

Parties interested in submitting an audition should do so via an unlisted YouTube or Vimeo video link. Send an email with the subject heading “[Your Name] – Spring Awakening Audition”. The deadline to submit your audition is November 17, 2021.

Auditionees should include the following in their email: Name, address, phone number, email address, height, vocal range, what role are you auditioning for, will you accept any role, potential rehearsal conflicts, and any additional information you deem the casting team needs to know.

Rehearsals begin December 27, 2021, with performances running  January 21-30, 2022. 

If you have any questions, please contact the casting team at  [email protected] 

Some roles are paid. Available roles include:

Wendla: 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. Vocal range top: E5 Vocal range bottom: E3

Melchior: 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. Vocal range top: B4. Vocal range bottom: G2

Martha: A schoolgirl who faces constant physical abuse from her father. She harbors a secret crush towards Moritz. Vocal range top: E5 Vocal range bottom: E3

Moritz: Melchior’s best friend, 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. Vocal range top: A4. Vocal range bottom: C3

Thea: Wendla’s best friend. A schoolgirl who tries to stay innocent and pure. Vocal range top: E5. Vocal range bottom: E3

Hanschen: A rather narcissistic schoolmate of Melchior’s. He is comfortable with his own sexuality and uses his looks and intelligence to captivate Ernst. Optional Doubling as RUPERT. Vocal range top: D5. Vocal range bottom: Ab2

Anna: A German schoolgirl and Martha’s best friend. Optimistic and a bit naive, she has a difficult time understanding Martha’s trials. Vocal range top: C5. Vocal range bottom: E3

Ernst: A schoolmate of Melchior’s. Naive and easily manipulated, which allows him to fall in love with Hanschen. Optional Doubling as REINHOLD. Vocal range top: A4. Vocal range bottom: Ab2

Ilse. 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. Vocal range top: E5. Vocal range bottom: E3

Georg: A clumsy schoolmate of Melchoir’s. He is overcome with his feelings for his piano teacher. Optional Doubling as DIETER. Vocal range top: D5. Vocal range bottom: Ab2

Otto: A classmate of Melchior’s. He struggles with feelings he considers inappropriate. Optional Doubling as ULBRECHT. Vocal range top: D5. Vocal range bottom: Ab2

Adult Woman: 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. Vocal range top: A4. Vocal range bottom: D3

Adult Man: 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 STEIFEL, Moritz’s father; FATHER KAULBACH; DOCTOR VON BRAUSEPULVER; HERR GABOR, Melchior’s father; and SCHMIDT. Vocal range top: F4. Vocal range bottom: D3

The Renaissance is a performing arts presenter and historic theater located at 138 Park Avenue West, Mansfield, Ohio. Looking for Things to Do in Mansfield? Visit the Ren’s website at to check out their other great events or contact [email protected] for events, tours, arts, culture and more. For behind-the-scenes videos and more visit the Renaissance Theatre’s YouTube Channel.

Source, Photo: Renaissance Performing Arts Association

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