Audition Information

Audition Information

Welcome to Theatre at Behrend. We are looking for creative, dedicated and hard-working students who are interested in performance or behind the scenes work in a small theatre program. No experience is necessary.

In addition to taking introductory courses in theatre, acting and set construction, you have the opportunity to participate in our fall and spring productions for course credit. Whether you have a passion for performing, are looking for an opportunity to meet new friends, or gain valuable lifelong skills in communication and collaboration, Theatre@Behrend has something for you. If you are interested in performing, see audition information below. If you are interested in backstage work or designing (lighting, costumes, set design and construction, sound, etc.), please email the director, Emily Cassano.


Upcoming Auditions for Spring 2015

"Spring Awakening"

Auditions for the Spring 2015 musical, Spring Awakening, will be held in the Studio Theatre on Monday, December 8 at 6:00 PM and Wednesday, December 10 at 4:30 PM. The show is being directed by Behrend Theatre faculty member Emily Cassano.

The Studio Theatre is located on campus adjacent to Turnbull Hall and across from the Glenhill Farmhouse. ALL Behrend students, faculty, and staff are welcome to audition!

Spring Awakening, the winner of eight TONY Awards, including Best Musical, is "the most gorgeous Broadway score this decade" (Entertainment Weekly). The show explores the journey from adolescence to adulthood with poignancy and passion that is illuminating and unforgettable.  

"Spring Awakening is a rock musical with music by Duncan Sheik and a book and lyrics by Steven Sater. It is based on the German play Spring Awakening (1891) by Frank Wedekind. Set in late-19th century Germany, the musical tells the story of teenagers discovering the inner and outer tumult of sexuality. In the musical, alternative rock is employed as part of the folk-infused rock score." –Wikipedia

For auditions, please prepare a song of your choice (at least 16 bars) with accompaniment (sheet music or a CD with no lyrics).  Auditions will also consist of reading scenes from the script, which will be provided at the auditions. See character descriptions for all roles below.

Performance Dates: March 19-21 and 26-28.  All performances at 7:30 p.m.

Please bring any and all conflicts with you to auditions - you will be asked to fill out a scheduling form at that time.  A rehearsal schedule will be created around these conflicts.  Rehearsals will begin when classes start in January.  

If you are unable to attend the audition times above, please email the director, Emily Cassano, with your availability (i.e. Tuesday after 7:30 p.m., Wednesday before 8:00 p.m.) and she will get back to you with a time-slot.

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Characters (All ages are suggestions, not requirements):

ADULT MAN Plays a variety of rigid adult roles. 
Male, 40-50 yrs old 

ADULT WOMAN Plays a variety of rigid adult roles.        
Female, 40-50 yrs old 

ANNA A German schoolgirl and Martha's best friend. Optimistic and a bit naive, she has a difficult time understanding Martha's trials.
Female, 15-20 yrs old 

ERNST A schoolmate of Melchior's. Naive and easily manipulated, which allows him to fall in love with Hanschen. 
Male, 15-20 yrs old 

GEORG A clumsy schoolmate of Melchoir's. He is overcome with his feelings for his piano teacher.        Male, 15-20 yrs old 

HANSCHEN A rather narcissistic schoolmate of Melchior's. He is comfortable with his own sexuality and uses his looks and intelligence to captivate Ernst. 
Male, 15-20 yrs old 

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 in the last moments of his life.  
Female, 15-20 yrs old 

MARTHA A schoolgirl who faces constant physical abuse from her father. She harbors a secret crush towards Moritz.
Female, 15-20 yrs old 

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.   
Male, 15-20 yrs old 

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.  
Male, 15-20 yrs old 

OTTO A classmate of Melchior's. He struggles with feelings he considers inappropriate. Optional Doubling as ULBRECHT.        
Male, 15-20 yrs old 

THEA Wendla's best friend. A schoolgirl who tries to stay innocent and pure.       
Female, 15-20 yrs old 

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.        
Female, 15-20 yrs old