Auditions for Matilda & Spring Awakening!
March 27, 2021 | By Kimmi Neuschulz
Audition for LUX Performing Arts upcoming productions of Matilda and Spring Awakening!
LUX Performing Arts is a training program for young talent specializing in Broadway, Acting & Film, and Songwriting. Along with our classes, we are expanding our program to include two musicals this summer. If you are interested in shadowing a director, music director, stage manager, or technical theatre position, please email email@example.com
ALL ROLES ARE OPEN to kids, teens, college students, and beyond.
April 24th-25th LIVE at the Nimbus Arts Center. You can also sign up to submit a video if you would prefer a virtual audition. You can audition for BOTH shows, but you will most likely only be cast in one due to conflicting rehearsals.
Please read the information below before signing up.
Rehearsals & Performances:
(All rehearsals and performances will happen IN PERSON with strict covid protocols in place. All rehearsal and performance venues are subject to change due to covid.)
Spring Awakening Rehearsals:
All rehearsals are at:
June 21st-July 17th Mon-Fri 5:00pm-7:00pm, plus one rehearsal per weekend (probably Sundays)
Performances July 18th (2 performances)
All performances are at: WHITE EAGLE HALL
All rehearsals are at:
June 21st-August 7th Mon-Fri 5:00pm-8:00pm, plus one rehearsal per weekend (probably Sundays)
Performances August 8th & 15th (2 performances each Sunday) with one brush-up rehearsal between August 9th-14th (TBD)
All performances are at: WHITE EAGLE HALL
All participants in Matilda and Spring Awakening have a required $500 minimum fundraising goal. We will be providing resources to complete this goal.
All participants are responsible to pay the remaining balance to reach the $500 fundraising goal by 6/18.
You can audition with our live pianist, a track on your phone (with a provided bluetooth speaker), or a capella. Whatever makes you feel the most comfortable. We are looking for STRONG SINGING ACTORS. Please share your character’s story with us and sing something you love! If you don’t have the exact song requirement below, we would rather you sing your best audition piece and show us who you are! We can always ask for more if needed.
For Matilda the Musical, please prepare a musical theatre selection that is 32 bars or about 1 minute long. If you are auditioning for a speaking role, please print and read the sides. If your role is not listed, you can pick any role to read.
For Spring Awakening, please prepare a pop/rock selection or pop/rock musical theatre selection that is 32 bars or about 1 minute long. Please print and prepare the sides. If your role is not listed, you can pick any role to read. You can also share a monologue of choice instead of reading sides.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for any questions about what to prepare.
Spring Awakening Advisory:
Please be advised, Spring Awakening is rated R for language and adult themes. We will be dealing with this material in a sensitive and educational way. The show is beautiful and raw and important for young adults.
Spring Awakening Character Breakdown:
TEEN/ YOUNG ADULTS:
Wendla Bergman (Pop Soprano) Age: 16+ A sweet, but naive young girl who is trapped in her family’s unwillingness to teach her about the adult world, but with every passing day, she grows bolder and more curious about her body. Both vulnerable and a willing participant in her evolution.
Ilse Neumann (Pop Soprano/Belter) Age: 15+ Beautiful and mature looking. A misguided young girl who runs away from an abusive home to live in an artists’ colony. Kind and resilient while also broken and stuck in a cycle of abuse. There is a strong emotional connection between Ilse and Moritz; perhaps in another life they could have been happy together.
Martha Bessell (Alto/Belter) Age: 15+ One of Wendla’s friends who is abused by her father, and she keeps the worst of the abuse to herself. She has a crush on Moritz, and is chastised by the other girls for it. Best friend of Anna and protective of her.
Anna (Mezzo-Soprano) Age: 15+ A kind school girl and Martha’s best friend. She is more aware of injustice than the other girls and recognizes that what happens to Wendla is wrong. Has a secret crush on Martha.
Thea (Alto) Age: 15+ A confrontational school girl and Wendla’s best friend. Outwardly believes the adults but secretly questions the blind faith demanded of her. Does not want to rock the boat. Mistrusts Hanschen.
Ensemble Girls (Various Voice Parts) Age: 15+ Fierce ensemble of singers.
Melchior Gabor (Bari-Tenor) Age: 16+ A headstrong, smart and charismatic schoolboy. He knows much more than the others because of what he reads in books and is able to see the corruption in society. His radical points of view about most things are correct but misunderstood. He falls in love with Wendla.
Moritz Stiefel (Tenor) Age: 15+ Melchior’s intense and nervous best friend. He has an overwhelming confusion relating to sexual feelings, which seems comedic at first, but quickly develops into a serious issue for him. The system has failed him. Highly sensitive and aware of his inability to fit into the system. Feels like a failure. One of the childhood four: Wendla, Melchior, Moritz and Ilse.
Hänschen Rilow (Tenor) Age: 15+ A cunning and attractive schoolboy, who manipulates the other students, especially Ernst, whom he seduces. Like Melchior, he also appears to be very intelligent, but uses his knowledge in favor of the system.
Ernst Röbel (Bari-Tenor) Age: 15+ A sweet and naive classmate. He is Hänschen’s love interest.
Georg Zirschnitz (Tenor) Age: 15+ A hormonal schoolboy who lusts after his older, busty piano teacher.
Otto Lämmermeier (Bari-Tenor) Age: 15+ Another schoolboy who has a disturbing dream about his mother.
Ensemble (Various Voice Parts) Age: 16+ Fierce ensemble of singers
Woman 1 (Mezzo-Soprano) Age: 18+ Plays a variety of rigid adult roles. Characters include: FRAU BERGMAN, Wendla's mother; FRAULEIN KNUPPELDICK; FRAULEIN GROSSEBUSTENHALTER; FRAU GABOR, Melchior's mother; and FRAU BESSELL, Martha's mother.
Man 1 (Bari-Tenor) Age: 18+ Plays a variety of rigid adult roles. Characters include: HERR SONNENSTITCH, the boys' teacher; HEADMASTER KNOCHENBRUCH; HERR NEUMANN, Ilse's father; HERR RILOW, Hanschen's father; HERR STEIFEL, Moritz's father; FATHER KAULBACH; DOCTOR VON BRAUSEPULVER; HERR GABOR, Melchior's father; and SCHMIDT.
MATILDA Character Breakdown:
Matilda Wormwood (vocal range: A3-D5) 8-11 YEARS OLD An imaginative girl who is clever and wise far beyond her years. She has a thirst for learning that cannot be quenched. She should be as small as possible. Enigmatic, serious, intense. Sincere and adorable. VERY STRONG acting ability, clear voice with perfect pitch and clarity. She carries the entire show.
Michael Wormwood (vocal range: C4-E5) 10-16 YEARS OLD Matilda's older brother who is favored by their parents, although he is not very bright. Needs good deadpan comedy and the ability to find a character during a lot of stage time with few words.
Lavender 8-12 YEARS OLD Matilda's classmate and friend. Strong singing and acting. Loud and kooky - likes to have fun - big personality.
Bruce 8-12 YEARS OLD Matilda's classmate. He is subject to extreme punishment by Miss Trunchbull. Comic.
School Ensemble 8-12 YEARS OLD: Matilda’s classmates, all unique and quirky in their own way. Amanda, Nigel, Eric, Alice, Hortensia, Tommy
Teen Ensemble 13-16 YEARS OLD: Kids in Matilda’s school, but not in her class. Need strong singers, dancers, and actors to be in this very active ensemble.
ADULT ROLES (18+):
Miss Agatha Trunchbull (vocal range: A2-G4) The tyrannical headmistress at Matilda's school who despises children. Former athlete. Extremely good enunciation and vocal dexterity. This character is traditionally played by a male, but can be played by male or female in our production. STRONG comedy and character actor preferred. Ideally one of our tallest performers would play this role
Miss Honey (vocal range: F3-D5) Matilda's kindhearted teacher. She is tired of living in fear under Miss Trunchbull. A mild person who never yells and is adored by every small child under her care. She should have a curious warmth and fragility.
Mr. Wormwood (vocal range: D3-A4) Matilda's uncaring father. A slimy, greedy used-car salesman. Strong comedic acting needed. A weasley or ratty essence and voice.
Mrs. Wormwood (vocal range A3-F5) Matilda's self-absorbed, negligent mother and an amateur ballroom dancer. Strong singer & dancer & comedic actress.
Mrs. Phelps Warm and nurturing local librarian who encourages Matilda’s love of reading. She loves Matilda's dramatic storytelling and encourages it. She's playful and fun. Usually played by a non-Caucasian actress with Jamaican or African accent, but open to all actors.
The Escapologist (vocal range: C3-E4) A male character in a story Matilda tells to Mrs. Phelps who comes to life in their imagination.
The Acrobat (vocal range: D4-A4) A female character in a story Matilda tells to Mrs. Phelps who comes to life in their imagination.
Rudolpho (vocal range D#3-A4) Mrs. Wormwood’s over-the-top ballroom dance partner and instructors. Strong dancer.
Doctor (vocal range C3-A4) - Mrs. Wormwood’s Doctor when she goes into Labor with Matilda.