Book and Lyrics by Steven Sater
Music by Duncan Sheik
Based on the play by Frank Wedekind

Spring Awakening | Book Musical, Pop / Rock | Rated R

  • About the Show

    Winner of 8 Tony Awards, including Best Musical,SPRING AWAKENING is a rock musical adaptation of Frank Wedekind's 1891 expressionist play about the trials and tribulations, and the exhilaration of the teen years.

    It’s Germany, 1891. The beautiful young Wendla explores her body and asks her mother where babies come from. Elsewhere, the brilliant and fearless young Melchior defends his buddy Moritz -- a boy so traumatized by puberty he can’t concentrate on anything. One afternoon in the woods, Wendla and Melchior discover a desire unlike anything they’ve ever felt. SPRING AWAKENING explores the confusion and desperation that ensue when the onrushing tide of hormones meets the ignorance of children. SPRING AWAKENING celebrates the unforgettable journey from youth to adulthood with a power, poignancy, and passion that you will never forget.

    Synopsis

    It's Germany, 1891. A world where the grown-ups hold all the cards. The beautiful young Wendla explores the mysteries of her body, and wonders aloud where babies come from, till Mama tells her to shut it, and put on a proper dress.

    Elsewhere, the brilliant and fearless young Melchior interrupts a mind-numbing Latin drill to defend his buddy Moritz – a boy so traumatized by puberty he can’t concentrate on anything. Not that the Headmaster cares. He strikes them both and tells them to turn in their lesson.

    One afternoon – in a private place in the woods – Melchior and Wendla meet by accident, and soon find within themselves a desire unlike anything they’ve ever felt.

    As they fumble their way into one another's arms, Moritz flounders and soon fails out of school. When even his one adult friend, Melchior's mother, ignores his plea for help, he is left so distraught he can’t hear the promise of life offered by his outcast friend Ilse.

    Naturally, the Headmasters waste no time in pinning the "crime" of Moritz's suicide on Melchior and expel him. And soon Mama learns her little Wendla is pregnant. Now the young lovers must struggle against all odds to build a world together for their child.

    Performance Group

    High School. University, Amateur, Professional

    Casting Information

    ADULT MEN Multiple roles, including HERR STIEFL (Mortiz's father), HERR GABOR (Melchior's Father), and
    HERR SONNENSTITCH (the boy's teacher)
    ADULT WOMEN Multiple roles, including FANNY (Melchior's mother), FRAU BERGMAN (Wendla's mother), and the teacher
    ANNA A German schoolgirl and Martha's best friend. Has a difficult time understanding Martha's trials.
    A3 - C5

    ERNST A schoolmate of Melchior's. Naive, easily manipulated. Unsure.
    C3 - A4
    Baritenor
    GEORG A schoolmate of Melchoir's who is overcome with his feelings for his piano teacher.
    D3 - D5
    Tenor

    Georg needs to be able to sing up to an D5 in falsetto. The bulk of his range is between Ab2 - A4.

    HANSCHEN A schoolmate of Melchior's who is comfortable with his own sexuality and uses his looks and intelligence to manipulate another student.
    C3 - A4
    Baritenor

    ILSE Martha's sister, who shares her dark secret and has run away from home to live in an artists' colony. Moritz's last hope.
    G3 - E5

    MARTHA A schoolgirl with a life-changing secret.
    G3 - E5

    MELCHIOR A smart, headstrong boy who refuses to bow down to society's rules. An atheist. Struggles with his intense feelings for Wendla.
    G2 - G4

    MORITZ A troubled student who desperately tries to please his father, but always seems to disappoint him. Has haunting dreams. Melchior's best friend.
    B2 - A4
    Tenor

    OTTO A classmate of Melchior's who struggles with feelings he considers inappropriate.
    C3 - B4
    Baritenor

    THEA Wendla's best friend. A schoolgirl who tries to stay innocent and pure.
    A3 - E5

    WENDLA Innocent, but with every passing day, she grows more curious about the world around her. Both vulnerable and a willing participant in her evolution.
    G3 - E5

    Production Material

    • 20 x Libretto/Vocal Books
    • 2 x Piano Conductor's Scores
    • 1 x Harmonium
    • 1 x Drums
    • 2 x Piano
    • 1 x Guitar
    • 1 x Violin
    • 1 x Viola
    • 1 x Cello
    • 1 x Bass

Partners & Associates

  • cipc
  • bsa
  • samro