Monthly Archives: July 2012

Review: BTC’s Spring Awakening

Spring Awakening is a musical that is best approached with some prior knowledge of the show’s history and content. Originally developed as an off-broadway show, this cotemporary adaptation of Frank Wedekind’s 1891 play presents a story of the rather violent sexual awakening of a group of teenagers who are growing up in a strict Christian society and authoritarian school system. The musical adaptation contains some intentionally confronting images and ideas, but does so amidst high energy rock music and with moments of cheeky fun. The show’s sense of satire is clearly directed at those elements of contemporary society that still resemble the 19th century Germany of which Wedekind’s play was so critical.

Blacktown Theatre Company’s production of Spring Awakening approaches the story with just the right degree of intimate abandonment. The production is, in many regards, just like the teenagers it depicts; energetic and lively, sometimes lacking subtlety, but full of the in-your-face attitude and confidence that makes it so much fun to watch.

The young actors that make up the core ensemble in this production approach their roles with a contagious enthusiasm, and possess a strong chemistry that supports the two leads and helps carry the audience through many of the more confronting scenes. The performance has some rough edges, but the collective charisma of the cast makes this less of an intrusion and more a part of the charm of the whole production.

Both Nicole Lotters and Julian Luke do a great job in the lead roles of Wendla and Melchior, but where the show really comes alive is in the big chorus numbers where the rest of the talented cast members get the chance to show their stuff. The night we saw this show there were some scenes in which the fast-paced dialogue was easy to miss, though there did appear to be some teething problems with the audio. During the musical numbers volume, however, energy and clarity were not issues and the overall experience was enjoyable.

Staged in the hall of a segregated boys/girls school, the set effectively captures the spirit of teenage angst and rebellion, mixing classic portraiture and art with posters and album covers of deviant musical icons such as David Bowie, Bob Dylan and the Ramones. Surrounded by raw and polished timber, the effect is of a timeless teenagers bedroom that is both intimate and strange, rustic and refined. However, these visual elements are mostly on the periphery, leaving the performance space itself quite bare and open to the effective use of a few chairs, other props and lighting effects to transition scenes throughout the show.

Blacktown Theatre Company’s Spring Awakening does a good job of capturing the sense of raw, hormone-driven emotion that is the heart of this show, and is true to the spirit of the story in both it’s staging and performance.

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Opening Tonight – Spring Awakening

Blacktown Theatre Company are proud to bring you our first production under our new banner, Spring Awakening.

Spring Awakening is a rock musical adaptation of the controversial 1892 German play of the same title by Frank Wedekind. It features music by Duncan Sheik and book and lyrics by Steven Sater.

Set in late-19th century Germany, it concerns teenagers who are discovering the inner and outer tumult of sexuality. The original play was banned in Germany for some time due to its frank portrayal of abortion, homosexuality, rape, child abuse and suicide.

In the musical, alternative rock is employed as part of the folk-infused rock score. Spring Awakening received eleven 2007 Tony Award nominations, winning eight, including Tonys for best musical, direction, book, score and featured actor. The show also won four Drama Desk Awards, while its London production won four Olivier Awards.

Online Bookings:

Phone Bookings : John Hanna 0432 477 777

Fri 6th – 8pm

Sat 7th – 8pm

Sun 8th – 2pm

Wed 11th – 8pm

Fri 13th – 8pm

Sat 14th – 8pm


The Boys:

Julian Luke – Melchior

John Apotsis – Moritz

Daniel Vavasour – Hanschen

Imraan Daniels – Ernst

Daniel Ojurovic – Otto

Jay Wilson – Georg

Josh Zattera – Ensemble

The Girls:

Nicole Lotters – Wendla

Laura Bradford – Ilse

Angela Hanna – Martha

Jenna Bell – Anna

Sharnee O’Donnell – Thea

Kate Simmons – Ensemble







Tamara Hunter is a graduate of UCLA’s School of Theatre, Film and Television, and a member of the Casting Society of America. She started in casting with a great internship with Mali Finn (Titanic, The Matrix) and continued with the incredible Randi Hiller (Thor, Pride & Glory) and the inspiring Sarah Finn. She currently works with Sarah at Sarah Finn Company in Los Angeles.

Some of her notable projects include Iron Man, Captain America, and Tron. Most recent projects include The Avengers, Oliver Stone’s upcoming film, Savages, and Martin McDonagh’s much anticipated film, Seven Psychopaths.

In addition to film work, Tamara also works with Over the Moon Productions, bringing first class musical theatre, such as sold-out productions of Rent and Spring Awakening to Los Angeles and New York.

Tamara is thrilled to be heading to Sydney to meet and work with some of Australia’s top up and coming talent.



Unlike any other American Casting Workshop held in Australia where actors are given a Q & A then a quick audition with a feedback score card, this master intensive will offer the applicants a rare insight into the L.A. Casting process. This is Tamara’s first trip to Australia and she is extremely excited about working with Australian actors and hopefully discovering new talent.
In this workshop, Tamara will cast each actor in a two hander scene of her choice, from their headshot and/or showreel.
The actors will prepare their scene before the workshop commences. Tamara will then focus on each actor individually, constructively critiquing and directing their performance.
She will also view and advise on the actor’s promotional resources such as their showreels and headshots.


Where: Screenwise Studios | 84 – 86 Mary Street Surry Hills NSW
When: Saturday 4 August 2012 OR Sunday 5 August 2012 (TBC)
Time: 9.00am – 5.00pm
Cost: $399

This workshop is intimate in numbers & for experienced actors only. Places are strictly limited

Please call Anne on info

Applicants please forward your CV and/ or showreel and headshot to the Screenwise office at info or apply online

Please note there are no refunds or transfers on course fees paid
©2012 Screenwise | 84-86 Mary Street Surry Hills NSW 2010

Kids on Broadway – Opens Next Weekend


It’s only one week until Opening Night of ‘Kids on Broadway’. Have you got your tickets yet?

Chatswood Musical Society | P.O. BOX 832 | Chatswood NSW 2057 | Australia