7/24/09

Spring Awakening Cast Changes

Rumors have been flying and questions have been flooding in about future cast replacements. We are very happy to officially announce that most of our cast members will be staying with us in the second leg of the tour. We are also excited to announce the following cast replacements. As you know, we have conducted exhaustive national searches for the best and brightest talent out there and hope you will join us in welcoming our new cast members into the Spring Awakening family. They began rehearsals this week in DC. Drum roll please....

MORITZ --Taylor Trensch

Bio: Taylor is psyched to be a part of this extraordinary production and stellar cast. Regional credits include The Rocky Horror
Show (Frank 'N' Furter), Little Shop of Horrors (Seymour) and Rabbit Hole (Jason). He loves his Elon University family and his real family very much.

Taylor has begun to chronicle his journey on his blog: http://carouselofprogress.blogspot.com/

Taylor will officially begin performances in Milwaukee on October 6th. Blake Bashoff's last performance will be in Chicago on Aug 16th.

ERNST--Ben Fankhauser

Ben Fankhauser

Bio: Professional debut. Ben is thrilled to be joining the company! He is currently pursuing his B.F.A from Ithaca College. Many thanks to teachers, family, and friends for the undying love and support.

Ben's first official performance will be in Milwaukee on October 6th. Ben Moss' last performance will be in Chicago on Aug 16th.

ADULT MEN--John Wojda

John Wojda


Bio: Broadway: PRESENT LAUGHTER, MERCHANT OF VENICE, TWO SHAKESPEAREAN ACTORS, MACBETH, HOLIDAY. Off-Broadway: New Group (ensemble Obie for ECSTASY and recently in MOURNING BECOMES ELECTRA), NYSF/Public Theater, Theater For A New Audience, Primary Stages, WPA Theatre, Women’s Project, Classic Stage Company, Ensemble Studio Theater, SoHo Playhouse, WestBank Downstairs. Resident Theater: Dozens of leading roles including four seasons at Canada’s Stratford Festival. Television: LAW & ORDER, LAW & ORDER CRIMINAL INTENT, LAW & ORDER SVU, THIRD WATCH, THE HIGH LIFE, all NY-based soap operas. Film: Amir Naderi’s MANHATTAN BY NUMBERS and with Anthony Quinn in SEVEN SERVANTS and most recently in VISITING FRIENDS.

John's first official performance will be in Milwaukee on October 6th. Henry Stram's last performance will be in Chicago on Aug 16th.

THEA--Claire Sparks

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Bio: Claire is excited to be a member of the first national tour of Spring Awakening. Professional acting debut. She thanks her family and friends for all their continuous support.

Our original tour ensemble member has agreed to return and step into the role of Thea while Kimiko Glenn recovers from her foot injury. Claire can currently be seen as Thea in DC. Kimiko will return to the role of Thea in Milwaukee on October 6th.

ENSEMBLE U/S WENDLA, ILSE--Kayla Foster

Kayla Foster

Bio: Ecstatic to be joining the Spring Awakening cast! Currently studying Musical Theatre at Emerson College. Love to Nash, Hendricks, friends, and family. To Mom and Dad: Thank you for never needing a Plan B.

Kayla's first official performance will be in Milwaukee on October 6th. Julie Benko's last performance will be in Chicago on Aug 16th.

ENSEMBLE U/S MELCHOIR--Justin Scott Brown

Justin Scott Brown

Bio: Credits: Meet Me in St. Louis (Warren) at The MUNY, How to Succeed... (Finch), Passion (Giorgio) at CCM (2009 Graduate). Love to Mom, Dad, J&J!

Justin's first rehearsal will be in Milwaukee on Oct 5th (this date is an edit from when the blog was first posted). Perry Sherman's last performance will be in DC on Aug 2nd.

27 comments:

Alynn said...

Ben and Blake are leaving the same day? :( Sadd.

This is really exciting though. All these new faces!!

Sean said...

happy that i'll be seeing most in Chicago before they leave, but sad they're leaving!! especially Perry..

Anonymous said...

this is really sad! i hope andy and jake will be around in febuary b.c i love those guys!

Anonymous said...

wait so who all is stayingg??? is christy?

Richelle said...

Squee!!! Soooooo excuted now. A little disappointed that I couldn't see Ben and Blake again, but happy some of my other fave people are staying. Break a leg to all the new cast members!

Anonymous said...

I'm like half crying!

Jew-jew-Julie? Sherman the Werman? BEN MOSS AND BLAKE BASHOFF?!

Dude, not cool. Not cool. *cries*

But Claire's coming back :-D

hannah said...

ben fankhauser has one of the best voices i've ever heard. so happy he is joining the cast!

hannah said...

....although perry sherman leaving breaks my heart....

Beth said...

Oh!!! We'll miss you all, I'll miss you Blake!! So glad I got to see you perform!!!!!

Victoria said...

i'm sad to see all of them go. blake, ben, jule, perry, et al. but i have confidence these people will do great. people were skeptical when they recast kyle, and jake's doing awesome. i wish the new class the best of luck in the show and send my best wishes to the soon to be SA alumnae and hope they do good in the future

Alex said...

I'm so glad I got to see Ben and Blake one last time. I bet Chicago will be really emotional for everyone (including me and I won't even be there!) Finally we found out about the mysterious Perry replacement. I was dying to know who it was!

I wish the new replacements all the broken limbs on their performances and know they will do great! =D

Mark said...

with all the comments, blogs, threads, facebook status updates and tweets i've read just on the status of the cast members for SA..... it proves just how powerful this show really has become and that the players in it have magnified its awesome message to the world.

Thank you to the cast and crew for bringing the message on tour.

To the original cast - BRAVO! more power to you in all your endeavors!

To the new cast - Congratulations on your new adventure! You've joined a phenomenal set of artists, and a historical piece in performance art! Live it.....

alycemurphy said...

I'm so glad I got to see the original tour cast, and I hope I'll have the opportunity to see the new cast. I doubt it, but I will try my hardest!
Best of luck to all of you! You're joining an incredible thing.

ATUgirl said...

Although it's sad that there a number of talented members leaving, I think its great that more talent is coming in. With new stops and new people, the tour will hopefully have a long run with new talent coming and going.

Mia said...

Oh. My. God. Sorry, first reaction.

Anonymous said...

who is going to fill in the characters while there are large amounts of time between the original cast leaving and the new cast coming in?

Anonymous said...

nervermind.

Irene from Guam said...

I'm so sad that i'm tearing up.
Ben, Blake and Perry?!? :'( it's breaking my heart to hear you're leaving.
and Henry Stram did such a great job as the Adult Man, his performance was outstanding. And i'm sad too see julie go too.
I'm so glad I got to see the show with all of you in it, though.
But at the same time I'm excited to see the new cast members because I know that Jake and Krista are absolutely fantastic. I have no doubt in my mind that these replacements will be amazing too.

Anonymous said...

PERRY! <3
BLAKE!!! <3 <3
BEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! <3 <3 <3
:(

Anonymous said...

Can there be multiple Profiles of the Month for August?
We still need Perry, Ben and Julie.
we especially need a POM for Perry because he's the first one to leave. :'(
im gonna cry.
What will happen to Extended Run?

elizabeth j said...

no more perry
:(

Lina said...

Happy to see all the new faces, but still gonna miss the originals. All the best for Ben, Blake, Julie, Perry and Henry!

Anonymous said...

So glad I got to see the original cast, and will get to see it with the replacements as well. I am also really glad a good number of the cast are staying for a bit longer. Saw it at the beginning of the tour, and would love to see how they've taken on/settled into their roles as time progressed.

I second the question to what will happen to Extended Run? (though I suppose the natural answer is that it will come to an end)


Good luck to them all.

Anonymous said...

I dont know if they know this, but everyone who was in the original cast of SA changed my life. Thank you.

Anonymous said...

I have to agree with that. It is unbelievably and undeniably true. And because I feel like they aren't mentioned as much, that definitely includes Angela Reed and Henry Stram too.

Pun (blog admin) said...

Yes, unfortunately, Extended Run will have to end with Perry leaving. Final installment will air Aug 5th.

Anonymous said...

I wish the whole tour cast can stay forver!!!!!! Im going to miss them! Bye Blake, Kimiko, Henry, and Ben!

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