Eusog’s Spring Awakens

March 9, 2016 | By | Reply More

Open call for EdFringe Spring Awakening

Edinburgh University Savoy Opera Group has announced its Edinburgh fringe 2016 production as the rock musical Spring Awakening.

The company has put out an open call for performers – not just students – to take on the show’s 13 roles, with auditions taking place 24-26 March 2016 at the Pleasance.

Spring Awakening Logo

Eusog stages three productions a year, a Savoy opera in March, the Edinburgh fringe production and an Autumn show. In 2015 it had strong productions of The Gondoliers, Little Shop of Horrors and The Addams Family.

Spring Awakening is based on the German play of the same name, written by Frank Wedekind in 1891. The play faced controversy from the outset for its criticism of the sexual and cultural oppression of 19th century Europe. It has been banned as recently as the 1960’s for its unashamed portrayal of desire, homosexuality, rape, abuse, abortion and suicide.

The rock musical is set in late 19th century Germany. Debuting on Broadway in 2006, the show won 8 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, and the original soundtrack received a Grammy Award.

The play has 13 characters, seven male and six female, and will be played in American accents. All male performers will need to be able to go into falsetto.

Auditionees will be asked to sing a two minute song (unaccompanied) and perform one of a selection of monologues. Eusog’s comprehensive audition pack contains details of suggested songs, the monologues, descriptions of all the characters and requirements for the auditions.

The production will be directed by Emily Aboud with MD William Briant and choreographer Esmée Cook. It will be produced by Grace Dickson.

Listings and links

The audition pack is available as a download from Eusog’s website at: http://www.eusog.org/fringe

Anyone interested in auditioning should email the producer Grace Dickson at eusogproducer@gmail.com with their day/time preference and the company will do their best to find a 5 minute slot that suits,

Auditions will take place at
The Pleasance, 60 Pleasance, EH8 9TL
The initial audition will be five minutes.

Dates:
Thursday 24 March: 5-10pm
Friday 25 March: 5-10pm
Saturday 26 March 11am-11pm

Callback Dates:
Callback will be for the whole day.
Sunday 27th March 12 noon-8.30pm

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