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Auditions for Musical Spring Awakening

Auditions for Musical Spring Awakening at Butte College
August 23 & 24, 2016

Do you love to rock out? Then come audition for Butte College's fall musical, "Spring Awakening." Auditions will be held Tuesday, August 23, and Tuesday, August 24, 6 – 9 p.m. at the Butte College main campus, 3536 Butte Campus Drive, ARTS Building, Black Box Theatre.

Butte College is seeking a diverse cast of mostly younger performers (late teens–early 20s), with at least two roles for more mature actors (30s or older). As part of the audition, you will be asked to perform a Broadway rock or pop song. If you don't have a song, the production team will teach you one. Bring your dance clothes so that you can learn some rockin' choreography. You'll also be asked to read from the script. The show contains mature themes.

"Spring Awakening" debuted on Broadway in December of 2006, playing until January 2009, and was recently revived on Broadway by Deaf West Theatre in 2015. The musical is based on the banned German play of the same title, written in 1891 by Frank Wedekind. From the publishers, Music Theatre International: "The winner of eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical, told by Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater through what Entertainment Weekly called, 'the most gorgeous Broadway score this decade,' Spring Awakening explores the journey from adolescence to adulthood with a poignancy and passion that is illuminating and unforgettable. The landmark musical is an electrifying fusion of morality, sexuality and rock and roll that is exhilarating audiences across the nation like no other musical in years."

Rehearsals will start August 25 and a rehearsal schedule will be available at auditions. Fall performances take place November 16–20. Cast members must register for Butte College Drama classes associated with the production. Musical direction will be provided by Tamara Allspaugh and the choreographer will be Melinda Buzan. The new Theatre Director is Jesse Merz who is also a Theatre Arts instructor.

"We are thrilled to have a new Theatre Director. Jesse earned a Master’s Degree in Dramatic Arts from the University of California, Davis and a Master of Arts in Teaching from George Fox University. In addition, he has a B.F.A. in Acting from New York University. For almost two decades, Jesse has taught acting in a conservatory summer theatre program, Columbia Gorge School of Theatre (where he is also the founding artistic director). He will be an asset to Butte College’s performing arts,” said Donna Weaver, Dean of Student Learning at Butte College. “He also has extensive professional experience working with a variety of theatre companies in a variety of capacities: acting, directing, playwriting and producing. In his career as an actor, he has worked off-Broadway, in regional theatre, summer stock, feature films—and performed in 120 cities in 34 states on national tours. He has directed more than 70 plays, musicals, new works and films projects and produced more than 200 shows. Jesse is very knowledgeable and a talented artist who loves theatre and working with students."

For more information, contact the director, Jesse Merz, at or call 895-2975.

Butte College | 3536 Butte Campus Drive, Oroville CA 95965 | General Information (530) 895-2511

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