Stray Dog Theatre (SDT) is holding non-Equity auditions for SPRING AWAKENING to be produced in October 2017.  As always, Stray Dog Theatre honors diversity and non-traditional casting practices.

SDT’s 2017 production of EVIL DEAD: THE MUSICAL has been postponed until October 2018.


Book and Lyrics by Steven Sater / Music by Duncan Sheik / Adapted from Spring Awakening: A Children’s Tragedy  by Frank Wedekind

Spring Awakening explores the journey from adolescence to adulthood with poignancy and passion that is illuminating and unforgettable. This landmark musical is an electrifying fusion of morality, sexuality, and rock & roll that since its premiere has been exhilarating audiences like no other musical in years. A heart-rending story that follows a group of teenage friends as they travel the fraught and rocky path of adolescence and find themselves along the way.

Performances: Opens October 5, 2017 and closes October 21, 2017. Ten performances are Thursdays through Saturdays at 8pm. Additional performance Wednesday, October 18 at 8pm.
First rehearsal: August 27, 2017. Must rehearse through Labor Day weekend. Evenings and weekends.
Audition: See “TO SCHEDULE AN AUDITION” below.



WENDLA (Female, 18-30, Any Ethnicity, E3-E5) Innocent. With every passing day, she grows more curious about the world around her and her changing body. Both vulnerable and a willing participant in her evolution. Explores her newly-found sexuality with Melchior.

MELCHIOR (Male, 18-30, Any Ethnicity G2-B4) A smart, headstrong boy who refuses to bow down to society’s rules. An atheist and radical student. Struggles with his intense feelings for Wendla and his awakening sexual urges.

MORITZ (Male, 18-30, Any Ethnicity, A4-C3) Melchior’s best friend, a troubled student. He desperately tries to please his father, but always seems to disappoint him. His haunting sexual dreams and academic failures eventually drive him to suicidal thoughts.


ILSE (Female, 18-30, Any Ethnicity, E3-E5) Martha’s sister, who was also abused and has run away from home to live in an artists’ colony. She reaches out to her old friend Moritz in the last moments of his life.

MARTHA (Female, 18-30, Any Ethnicity, E3-E5) A schoolgirl who faces constant physical abuse from her father. She harbors a secret crush towards Moritz.

THEA (Female, 18-30, Any Ethnicity, E3-E5) Wendla’s best friend. A schoolgirl who tries to stay innocent and pure.

ANNA (Female, 18-30, Any Ethnicity, E3-C5) A German schoolgirl and Martha’s best friend. Optimistic and a bit naive, she has a difficult time understanding Martha’s trials.

HANSCHEN (Male, 18-30, Any Ethnicity, Ab2-D5) A rather narcissistic schoolmate of Melchior’s. He is comfortable with his own sexuality and uses his looks and intelligence to captivate Ernst.

ERNST (Male, 18-30, Any Ethnicity, Ab2-A4) A schoolmate of Melchior’s. Naive and easily manipulated, which allows him to fall in love with Hanschen.

GEORG (Male, 18-30, Any Ethnicity, Ab2-D5) A clumsy schoolmate of Melchoir’s. He is overcome with his feelings for his piano teacher.

OTTO (Male, 18-30, Any Ethnicity, Ab2-D5) A classmate of Melchior’s. He struggles with feelings he considers inappropriate.

ENSEMBLE (All, 18-30, Any Ethnicity, All vocal ranges) Schoolmates, children.

ADULT WOMAN (Female, 30-60, Any Ethnicity, D3-A4) 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.

ADULT MAN (Male, 30-60, Any Ethnicity, D3-F4) 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.


Email (No phone calls, please.)


  1. First and last name,
  2. Contact phone number,
  3. Desired appointment time,

Musical Appointment Dates/Times:

Saturday, July 8, 2017 | 6:00pm – 10:00pm (Audition Space opens at 5:30pm)
Sunday, July 9, 2017 | 6:00pm – 10:00pm (Audition space opens at 5:30pm)

CALLBACK: Saturday, July 15, 2017 | 6:00pm – 10:00pm.

PLEASE NOTE: If you are not available for the listed audition times but are interested in auditioning, please let us know. The casting directors will consider those with an appointment first but if a role goes unfilled we will let you know about additional auditions.

For Your Appointment

Location: Tower Grove Abbey, 2336 Tennessee Ave., Saint Louis, Missouri 63104 (Off-street parking at lot north of the Abbey.)

Arrive at scheduled audition 15 minutes early to complete necessary paperwork.

  1. Prepare two contrasting 32-bar cuts of Rock/Pop or Contemporary Musical Theatre and one ballad. Accompanist provided. Bring sheet music marked and in the appropriate key. The accompanist will stop playing after 32 bars. No recorded tracks, please. Perform your best piece first. If requested, the Casting Directors will ask for your second. You may also be asked to demonstrate belt and range.
  2. Provide one headshot & resume, even if you have been seen at SDT before.
  3. If requested by casting directors, actor may be invited to perform a cold-reading.
  4. Dance auditions may be requested by the casting directors after you have auditioned. This will occur at the CALLBACK on Saturday, July 15, 2017, 6:00pm – 10:00pm Please wear comfortable clothing in which you can freely move.

A HELPFUL AUDITION NOTE: To assist you in having the best audition possible, it is highly advised that you research the musical and character(s) for which you are auditioning.