Fort Salem Theater announces auditions for Spring Awakening on Monday, December 5, 2022 and Tuesday, December 6, 2022 between 6-9PM. Callbacks will be by invitation only on Wednesday, December 7. All roles listed are open to actors of all ethnicities and gender identities.

**Additional appointments have been added for Fort Salem Theater’s auditions for Spring Awakening on Monday, December 5, 2022 and Tuesday, December 6, 2022 between 6-9PM. Callbacks will be by invitation only on Wednesday, December 7. All roles listed are open to actors of all ethnicities and gender identities.**

To schedule your audition appointment, click here.

Performers are asked to prepare approximately 1 minute of any Broadway or pop uptempo song that best showcases your voice. An accompanist will be provided, and performers are asked to bring sheet music in the appropriate key. Singing from the show is welcome, but not required. Cold readings from the script and a dance call will be offered at callbacks. Those unable to attend in-person auditions should submit a video to Kyle@FortSalem.com no later than Thursday, December 1. 

Rehearsals will begin February 2023 and will typically be held Sundays from 6PM-10PM, Monday-Thursday from 7PM-10PM and occasional Saturday mornings, pending the availability of the cast and the needs of the show. However, the actual schedule will be determined by the cast and director’s availability. A full calendar will be provided by the first rehearsal. Each actor will receive a minimum of two complimentary tickets. Actors who participate in 2023 productions will also received a free 12-month invitation to opening weekends for all MainStage productions. At this time, housing, travel & performance stipends are not available. 

About the show:

Based on Frank Wedekind’s groundbreaking and controversial play, Steven Sater and Duncan Sheik’s brilliant rock score and searingly emotional book take the story of sexual awakening, youth revolt, and self-discovery into a new century. It’s 1891, and grown-ups hold all the cards. Headstrong Melchior and naive Wendla stumble into each others’ arms, passionate and curious, while anxious Moritz struggles to live up to the stringent expectations of society. With only each other for guidance, this group of young men and women travel the fraught and rocky path of adolescence, discovering their bodies, their minds, and themselves along the way. An electric, vibrant celebration of youth and rebellion, Spring Awakening fuses issues of morality, sexuality, and rock and roll into a story that packs a powerful emotional punch. Mature content warning.

Directed & Choreographed by: Brian Clemente
Music Directed by: Now hiring – inquire within!
Stage Managed by: Now hiring – inquire within!
Audition dates: Monday, December 5, 2022 and Tuesday, December 6, 2022 between 6-9PM. Callbacks: Wednesday, December 7, 2022.
Production dates: March 17-26, 2023
First rehearsal: TBD February 2023

CHARACTER BREAKDOWN

Melchior
A headstrong, smart and charismatic schoolboy. He knows much more than the others because of what he reads in books and is able to see the corruption in society. His “radical” points of view about most things are correct but misunderstood. He falls in love with Wendla.
Male Presenting, Stage age: 16 to 20, Bari-Tenor

Wendla
A sweet, but naive young girl who is trapped in her family’s unwillingness to teach her about the adult world, but with every passing day, she grows bolder and more curious about her body. Both vulnerable, and a willing participant in her evolution.
Female Presenting, Stage age: 16-20, Pop Soprano

Moritz
Melchior’s intense and nervous best friend. He has an overwhelming confusion relating to sexual feelings, which seems comedic at first, but quickly develops into a serious issue for him. The system has failed him. Highly sensitive and aware of his inability to fit into the system. Feels like a failure. 
Male Presenting, Stage age: 16-20, Tenor

Martha
A schoolgirl who faces constant abuse from her father, and tries to keep it all to herelf. She harbors a secret crush towards Moritz, and is made fun of for it.
Female Presenting, Stage age: 16-20, Alto/Belt

Ilse
A misguided young girl who runs away from an abusive home to live in an artists’ colony. Kind and resilient while also broken and stuck in a cycle of abuse. There is a strong emotional connection between Ilse and Moritz.
Female Presenting, Stage age: 16-20, Pop Soprano/Belt

Hanschen
A cunning and attractive schoolboy, who manipulates the other students, especially Ernst, whom he seduces. Like Melchior, he also appears to be very intelligent, but uses his knowledge in favor of the system.
Male Presenting, Stage age: 16-20, Tenor

Ernst
A schoolmate of Melchior’s. Naive and sweet, which allows him to fall in love with Hanschen.
Male Presenting, Stage age: 16-20, Bari-Tenor

Thea
Wendla;s best friend. A schoolgirl who tries to stay innocent and pure.
Female Presenting, Stage age: 16-20, Alto

Anna
Martha’s best friend. Optimistic and a bit naive, she has a difficult time understanding Martha’s trials.
Female Presenting, Stage age: 16-20, Mezzo Soprano

Georg
A clumsy schoolmate of Melchoir’s. He is overcome with his feelings for his piano teacher.
Male Presenting, Stage age: 16-20, Bari-Tenor

Otto
A classmate of Melchior’s. He struggles with feelings he considers inappropriate.
Male Presenting, Stage age: 16-20, Bari-Tenor

Adult Woman
Plays a variety of adult roles including:
FRAU BERGMAN, Wendla’s mother;
FRAULEIN KNUPPELDICK; an associate of the Headmaster
FRAULEIN GROSSEBUSTENHALTER; Georg’s Piano Teacher
FRAU GABOR, Melchior’s mother;
FRAU BESSELL, Marta’s mother.
Female Presenting, Stage age: 40 to 50, Mezzo Soprano

Adult Man
Plays a variety of adult roles including:
HERR SONNENSTITCH, the boys’; teacher;
HEADMASTER KNOCHENBRUCH; the Headmaster
HERR NEUMANN, Ilse’s father;
HERR RILOW, Hanschen’s father;
HERR STEIFEL, Moritz’s father;
HERR GABOR, Melchior’s father;
Male Presenting, Stage age: 40-50, Bari-Tenor

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