Tuesday, 11 February, 2020
Auditions for this semester’s play production, Spring Awakening, by Frank Wedekind, will be held at 7 pm on Tuesday, Feb. 11 in the William and Helen Richards Theatre at Orange Hall.
Participation in play productions at SUNY Orange is open to all registered students (full- or part-time). Rehearsals are conducted in the evenings on Monday through Thursday, although you may not be required at all rehearsals, and you may be excused for cause. Be sure NOT to register for classes with conflicting time slots.
Two productions are given each year, presented in November and April. Everyone must audition by presenting a short memorized monologue (30-60 seconds). Casting will be competitive. All members of the company participate in all aspects of production, including backstage crews, scenery and costume construction, lighting, front of house, etc.
To participate, each student must:
1) Have a minimum GPA of 2.0 (first semester Freshmen excluded)
2) Currently take or previously have taken Theatre Workshop (THE 107)
3) Be available for rehearsal every Monday through Thursday evening from 7pm to 10pm
4) Attend all technical and dress rehearsals leading up to opening night
Spring Awakening is a seminal work in the history of theatre. It was written in 1891, but due to its explosive subject matter did not receive its first performance until November 20, 1906 when it carried the sub-title A Children's Tragedy. The play explores the conflict between adolescent sexual longings and conferred adult akwardness. Wedekind startled the German public with his critique of the sexually oppressive German culture and how it fueled adolescent distress.
Superficially, there is a great difference between Wedekind’s society and ours, but the play has a continuing vitality and relevance in its extraordinary understanding and depiction of the adolescent mind-innocence masquerading as worldliness; doubt camouflaged by conviction. When childhood realities meet adult anxieties, the results can be tragic.
For more information, please contact either Max Schaefer (Orange Hall 31) at (845) 341-4790, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org; or David Cohen (Orange Hall 114) at (914) 850-3226, or by email at email@example.com.