Carrollwood Players Theatre announces open auditions for
Spring Awakening, The Play
by Frank Wedekind
A CWP Black Box Production
Directed by Chris McDermott
Spring Awakening, the play that inspired the modern Broadway musical, is one of the most groundbreaking – and most banned – plays in the history of modern theatre. This production, uncensored and unapologetic, follows the stories of a group of school children who are just reaching sexual maturity.
Aptly subtitled “a children’s tragedy,” this pioneering story unmasks the often shocking harm a sexually repressive society can have on its own children. Examining topics ranging from puberty to rape to abortion – and everything in between – the play remains as powerful and relevant today as when it premiered in 1906. A rare full staging of an important, often controversial work that should be experienced by every serious theatre goer.
Presented with the support of the Arts Council of Hillsborough County and the Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners.
Sunday, March 8th, 2020 – 7 p.m.
Monday, March 9th 2020 – 7 p.m.
Auditions are at Carrollwood Players Theatre
4333 Gunn Highway, Tampa, FL, 33618
May 15th – 24th, 2020
Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm, Sundays at 3 pm
Must be available for all tech week rehearsals and all performances.
Please bring a complete list of all potential date conflicts with you to auditions.
No experience necessary.
This is an unpaid opportunity.
All roles are available.
Head shots and resumes are encouraged but not required.
Auditions will consist of two parts:
One 1-2 minute memorized monologue that is age-appropriate for the show.
Auditioners will be given a side or sides with five (5) minutes to prepare for each either with an audition partner or as a monologue.
WENDLA BERGMAN (F) – A strong-willed and kind-hearted, but naive young girl. On a constant search for knowledge that she is being denied. Explores her newly-found sexuality with Melchior.
MELCHOIR GABOR (M) – A smart, headstrong boy who knows much more than the others because of what he reads in books and is able to see the corruption in society. Struggles with his intense feelings for Wendla.
MORITIZ STIEFEL (M) – A troubled student desperately trying to please everyone, but always seems to disappoint them. Struggles with sexual urges he does not understand
ILSE (F) – A misguided young girl who is kind and resilient while also broken and stuck in a cycle of abuse. There is a strong emotional connection between Ilse and Moritz
HANS (M) – A schoolmate of Melchior’s, charismatic and controlling. Intelligent, but refuses to question the status quo
ERNST (M) – A schoolmate of Melchior’s, the class clown. Best friend to Hans, who manipulates him constantly.
THEA (F) – A schoolmate of Wendla’s that wants to stop believing whatever she is told through blind faith, but also doesn’t want to accept the truth when faced with it.
MARTHA (F) – A schoolmate of Wendla’s that hides behind a rough exterior. She doesn’t know how the world can be such a beautiful and yet brutal place.
INA (F) – Wendla’s older sister, caring, protective and well-intentioned. She tries to answer all of the questions that Wendla has, but doesn’t have many of the answers.
All characters in the script are 14-18 years old. However, because of the demands of the script’s content, no actors under the age of 18 will be considered.
There are three scenes in the script that have special requirements:
WENDLA and MELCHOIR
One scene with choreographed violence
One scene with choreographed intimate contact (touching and kissing) and partial nudity (underwear).
Open Call – All genders, ages (18 years old and above), and ethnicities are welcome.
If you have any questions concerning the special script requirements, please contact the Director, Chris McDermott at email@example.com
For all other questions please contact the Producer, David Fraga at firstname.lastname@example.org