Spring AwakeningSpring Awakening

Season 11-26 November 2016
Venue ANU Arts Centre

Book and Lyrics by Steven Sater
Music by Duncan Sheik
Based on the Original Play by Frank Wedekind
Orchestrations Duncan Sheik
Vocal Arrangements AnnMarie Milazzo
String Orchestrations Simon Hale

Original Broadway Production Produced by IRA PITTELMAN, TOM HULCE, JEFFREY RICHARDS, JERRY FRANKEL, ATLANTIC THEATER COMPANY, Jeffrey Sine, Freddy DeMann, Max Cooper, Mort Swinsky/Cindy and Jay Gutterman/Joe McGinnis/Judith Ann Abrams, ZenDog Productions/CarJac Productions, Aron Bergson Productions/Jennifer Manocherian/Ted Snowdon, Harold Thau/Terry Schnuck/Cold Spring Productions, Amanda Dubois/Elizabeth Eynon Wetherell, Jennifer Maloney/Tamara Tunie/Joe Cilibrasi/StyleFour Productions.

The World Premiere of “SPRING AWAKENING” was produced by the Atlantic Theater Company by special arrangement with Tom Hulce and Ira Pittelman.

Licensed exclusively by Music Theatre International (Australasia).

All performance materials supplied by Hal Leonard Australia

Performance dates

Friday 11 November 2016, 8pm
Saturday 12 November 2016, 8pm
Wednesday 16 November 2016, 8pm
Thursday 17 November 2016, 8pm
Friday 18 November 2016, 8pm
Saturday 19 November 2016, 8pm
Wednesday 23 November 2016, 8pm
Thursday 24 November 2016, 8pm
Friday 25 November 2016, 8pm
Saturday 26 November 2016, 2pm
Saturday 26 November 2016, 8pm


Directors Grant Pegg and Kelly Roberts
Musical director Matt Webster
Production Managers Jennie Norberry and Judy Satrapa
Stage Managers Michelle Adamson and Shibanni Dave
Stage crew Adrian Bury, Ash Syme, Evonne Johnston, Matt Longworth, Oliver Durbidge, Sam McNally
Set design and construction Chris Zuber
Costume Design and construction Jennie Norberry
Costume assistance Suzan Cooper, Fiona Leach, Lucy Jones, Tanya Taylor
Props Jessica Kirsopp and Jasmine Cook
Lighting Design Hamish McConchie
Lighting Operator Craig Muller
Sound Operator Nick Cossart
Marketing Judy Satrapa and Kate Tricks
Social media Kelda McManus and Lara Niven
Photography Michael Moore and Janelle McMenamin
Program design 2B Design
Poster design Kelda McManus
Front of House managers Jenny Tabur and Judy Satrapa


Melchior Callum Bodman
Moritz Pip Carroll
Hanschen Lachlan Agett
Ernst Jake Willis
Georg Daniel Steer
Otto Liam Downing
Wendla Kaitlin Nihill
Ilse Kashmira Mohamed Zagor
Martha Tegan Braithwaite
Thea Breanna Macey
Anna Nina Wood
Adult Women Kelda McManus
Adult Men David Cannell


Conductor/Piano Matt Webster
Violin Elisha Adams
Violin sub Catia Ritzio
Viola Elysia Fisher
Viola sub Jacqui Smith
Cello Amy Jarvoll
Bass Jason Henderson
Bass sub Scott Temby, Peter McDonald
Guitar Richard Manning
Drums Brandon Reed

Spring Awakening Company

About Spring Awakening

Winner of 8 TONY Awards, including Best Musical, Spring Awakening celebrates the unforgettable journey from youth to adulthood with a power, poignancy, and passion that you will never forget.

Adapted from Frank Wedekind's 1891 expressionist play about the trials, tears, and exhilaration of the teen years, it has been hailed as the "Best Musical of the Year" by the New York Times, New York Post, Star Ledger, Journal News, New York Observer, and USA Today.

Spring Awakening takes its inspiration from one of literature's most controversial masterpieces - a work so daring in its depiction of teenage self-discovery, it was banned from the stage and not performed in its complete form in English for nearly 100 years.

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 traumatised 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.