MVT’s ‘Spring Awakening’ seeks teens 16 and older
“Spring Awakening,” an award-winning Broadway musical with a potent sexual undertone and a pulsating rock score, is seeking a cast of 17 with focus on teenaged male and female singers-dancers. The Hawaii premiere will be under the auspices of Manoa Valley Theatre, beginning March 8.
Auditions will be held at 7 p.m. Nov. 28 and 29 at MVT; this is a rare opportunity for fresh faces and voices and dancers to make a splash in this rock musical adaptation by Duncan Shiek and Steven Sater based on an 1891 German play by Frank Wedekind.
It was a wunderkind musical in New York in 2008, complete with a dose of controversy and a recurring theme of teen angst and tumult, since show examines the pulse of youths growing up and discovering sexuality along with the normally verboten elements of masturbation, homosexuality, abortion, rate, suicide and child abuse.
The original Broadway production, which won a Tony Award for Best Musical in 2008, featured brief and graphic nudity in scenes that close Act 1 and open Act 2; the MVT announcement of auditions states “there is some partial nudity in the script for both men and women.”
Furthermore, the show has a minimum age requirement for participation; no teen under age 16 will be considered, and those who are 16 and 17 must abide by a parental consent form signed by parents, and available on the MVT website.
Six teenaged men and five teenaged women are sought, along with a male adult, a female adult, two female singers-dancers and two male singers-dancers. The “teens” may be young adults 16 through 21, because the roles are of school children.
Those trying out bring two prepared songs: one 16 to 32-bar uptempo tune showcasing the belting tone of the show, plus a contrasting 16-ar ballad. Adult auditioners need to prepare a 16-bar segment of a pop-rock tone.
Readings from the script, or a short prepared monologue, will be expected, along with the vocals; the show’s musical director will provide accompaniment, so a capella and/or karaoke singing will now be allowed. Bring sheet music in your key; perusing the script before the auditions might be beneficial.
Paul Mitri will guest-direct, with music conducted by Kenji Higashihama and choreography by Cindy Hartigan.
Besides the Tony Award, “Spring Awakening” snagged these other key awards: the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Musical, 2007; Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding New Broadway Musical, 2007; New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Musical, 2007; Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Musical; (off-Broadway), 2007; and the Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Musical (London), in 2010
Rehearsals begin Jan. 9, for the March 8 through April 8 run of 25 performances. Curtain will be at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays, 3 and 8 p.m. Saturdays and 4 p.m. Sundays.