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NEARLY NAKED THEATRE in association with PHOENIX THEATRE
will be holding auditions for the First Regional Production of

SPRING AWAKENING
book & lyrics by Steven Slater
music by Duncan Sheik
based on the play by Frank Wedekind

directed by Damon Dering & Robert Kolby Harper
music direction by Mark 4Man
choreography by Robert Kolby Harper

AN UNFORGETTABLE JOURNEY FROM YOUTH TO ADULTHOOD... 19TH CENTURY CHILDREN-- 21ST CENTURY MUSIC!
Winner of 8 Tony Awards including Best Musical, Spring Awakening celebrates the transition all teenagers make from child to adult with a power, poignancy and passion that you will never forget. Adapted from Frank Wedekind's 1891 expressionist play about the trials, tears, pain and exhilaration of the teen years, it has been hailed as the Best Musical of the Year by the New York Times, New York Post, Star Ledger, Journal News, New York Observer and USA TODAY. In Germany in 1891, a town whose adults are so gripped with fear and repression that they tell their young men and women nothing of the changes that will come upon them in puberty, struggles as these changes overtake their teens with the powerful force of the changing seasons. Some of them break under the pressures and some of them resist the conformity of their parents, but all of them find that there is no escaping growing up, no matter how much their parents try to keep them from it. With music by Duncan Sheik, this modern rock score strikes a magnificent chord in the truth that teenagers are teenagers, no matter what century.

Recommended for mature audiences; containing adult themes & language, sexual situations and nudity.

NEEDED
7 YOUNG MEN and 6 YOUNG WOMEN between the (ACTUAL) ages 16–24*
Strong actor/singers with good movement/dance ability. 1 ADULT MALE and 1 ADULT FEMALE age 45+

*PLEASE DO NOT AUDITION IF YOU ARE NOT WITHIN THIS AGE RANGE.
ALL YOUNG CHARACTERS MUST "PLAY" BETWEEN THE AGES OF 14-17
Auditioners under the age of 18 must bring parental consent form to auditions.
Email us for the form.


Actors of ALL ETHNICITIES are encouraged to audition. CHARACTERS:
ADULT MEN
(1 ADULT ACTOR AGE 45+): Multiple roles, including HERR STIEFL (Mortiz's father), HERR GABOR (Melchior's Father), and HERR SONNENSTITCH (the boy's teacher)

ADULT WOMEN (1 ADULT ACTRESS AGE 45+): Multiple roles, including FANNY (Melchior's mother), FRAU BERGMAN (Wendla's mother), and the teacher.

ANNA (young female, mezzo A3-C5): A German schoolgirl and Martha's best friend. Has a difficult time understanding Martha's trials.

ERNST (young male, baritenor C3-A4): A schoolmate of Melchior's. Naive, easily manipulated. Unsure.

GEORG (young male, tenor D3-D5): A schoolmate of Melchoir's who is overcome with his feelings for his piano teacher. Georg needs to be able to sing up to D5 in falsetto. The bulk of his range is between Ab2-A4.

HANSCHEN (young male, baritenor C3-A4): A schoolmate of Melchior's who is comfortable with his own sexuality and uses his looks and intelligence to manipulate another student.

ILSE (young female, alto/mezzo G3-E5): Martha's sister, who shares her dark secret and has run away from home to live in an artists' colony. Moritz's last hope.

MARTHA (young female, alto/mezzo G3-E5): A schoolgirl with a life-changing secret.

MELCHIOR (young male 18+, tenor G2-G4): A smart, headstrong boy who refuses to bow down to society's rules. An atheist. Struggles with his intense feelings for Wendla. THIS ROLE REQUIRES NUDITY, MUST BE AT LEAST 18 BY JUNE 1ST, 2012.

MORITZ (young male, tenor+ B2-A4): A troubled student who desperately tries to please his father, but always seems to disappoint him. Has haunting dreams. Melchior's best friend.

OTTO (young male, baritenor C3-B4): A classmate of Melchior's who struggles with feelings he considers inappropriate.

THEA (young female, mezzo/soprano A3-E5): Wendla's best friend. A schoolgirl who tries to stay innocent and pure.

WENDLA (young female 18+, mezzo/soprano G3-E5): Innocent, but with every passing day, she grows more curious about the world around her. Both vulnerable and a willing participant in her evolution. THIS ROLE REQUIRES NUDITY, MUST BE AT LEAST 18 BY JUNE 1ST, 2012.

All acting is volunteer only, however actors will receive a modest stipend to help compensate for gas expenses. STIPEND RAGE: $250-$375

AUDITIONS
will be held on Sunday, January 15th (slots between 12pm - 10pm)
and Monday, January 16th (slots between 2pm - 10pm) at
Phoenix Theatre (Mainstage Rehearsal Hall), 100 E. McDowell Rd on
the Phoenix Theatre/Phoenix Art Museum campus on Central & McDowell.

PREPARE
TWO SONG CUTTINGS totaling NO MORE THAN 3 MINUTES (you will be timed). (One preferably in an upbeat pop style, or rock-theatre genre) and ONE MONOLOGUE, NO LONGER THAN 1 MINUTE & 30 SECONDS. Please bring SHEET MUSIC in your key; AN ACCOMPANIST WILL BE PROVIDED. You may also bring CD accompaniment, but DO NOT BRING ipods, laptops or any devices requiring special set-up time. YOUR AUDITION IS LIMITED TO 4 1/2 MINUTES. It is NOT recommended that you prepare any songs from SPRING AWAKENING.

CALLBACKS
will be held on MONDAY, JAN. 23rd, at 5:30pm. --BE PREPARED TO STAY LATE--
Callbacks will consist of songs from the score, cold reads from the script and a movement/dance audition. Dress for movement or bring a change of clothes.

REHEARSALS BEGIN
the week of May 6th. Four to five nights a week, 6pm to 10:30pm.

PERFORMANCE DATES for SPRING AWAKENING are June 15th – July 1st, Wed-Sat at 8:00pm and Sundays at 6:00pm or 2:00pm alternating. ALL ACTORS MUST BE AVAILABLE FOR A POSSIBLE EXTENSION TO JULY 8TH.

APPOINTMENTS
are made by emailing us at castingcouch@nearlynakedtheatre.org. Please include your FULL NAME and PHONE NUMBER in the body of the email, as well as WHICH NIGHT you would prefer to audition and the GENERAL TIME that is best for you. We will call or email you back with confirmation and specific time slot. We prefer actors to submit electronic headshots & resumes with their appointment request. But please NO FILES OVER 500 KB (that's HALF-A-MEGABYTE!). Resumes are not required, but a HEADSHOT, or ANY PICTURE OF YOURSELF is REQUIRED. Even a laser copy!




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