Thursday, February 6, 2020

PBTS seeking local talent for next show

Players By The Sea is only one month away from casting their next musical, “Spring Awakening”. On February 8th and 9th, the theatre will welcome local talent to audition for the award-winning musical that takes the Mainstage from April 24 - May 16. Auditions will be held at Players by the Sea Theatre at 106 6th Street North.

Director Bradley Akers, who was last seen at Players directing The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime, shared his thoughts on how to have a successful audition: “I WANT TO CAST YOU!  So, be yourself.  Be authentic.  Be bold. Be brave.”

Auditions for Girls and Boys will take place on Saturday, February 8th.  Registration will run from 11 - 11:55 a.m. with auditions beginning promptly at 12 noon.  Auditions for Adult Man and Adult Woman will take place on Sunday, February 9th starting at 6 p.m.  Registration will run from 5:30 - 5:55 p.m.  Some actors from Saturday may be asked to read with those auditioning for the adult roles.

Actors auditioning for Girls and Boys are asked to prepare 16 – 32 bars of a musical theatre song in the style of any of the music found in Spring Awakening.  They should bring sheet music to the audition. An accompanist will be provided. No acapella auditions or recorded accompaniment will be permitted. They should dress for a dance audition and be prepared for cold readings from the script.

Actors auditioning for Adult roles do not need to be prepared to sing or dance.  They will only be asked to read from the script.  All actors should also bring a headshot, resume, and list of conflicts from February 8th through May 16.  The rehearsal schedule will be created based on cast-member conflicts.  Due to mature subject matter, only actors 16 and older will be considered for casting.

“The audition process is not only designed to align the casting dynamic of the show, but it’s also a way for us to interview each other and make sure it’s a right fit.  I’m looking for honesty, bravery, resilience, and safety in your choices (in your vocals, your movement, and your interpretations),” said Akers.

Please visit for more information about available roles.

About the Show – The winner of eight Tony Awards (including Best Musical), ‟Spring Awakening” explores the journey through adolescence with poignancy and passion.  It examines morality and sexual politics while unapologetically plumbing the depths of the hormonal teenage psyche in a way that feels both fresh and all too familiar.  This landmark musical is an electrifying fusion of sex, rock & roll, and 1890s Germany.  For more information on how to buy tickets, visit or call the Box Office at (904) 249-0289.

About Players by the Sea - For over fifty-three years, Players by the Sea has brought quality creative and classic theatre to the Jacksonville community.  Players mission is to enrich the community through excellence in theatre. The nonprofit community theatre welcomes all creative artists to participate in making the magic of theatre come to life, whether on stage, through advocacy or assisting backstage.

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