Take a look behind the scenes of the Sitzprobe for Spring Awakening and hear from some of the cast and creative team about the first time they're joined by the full band in the rehearsal room.
Almeida Artistic Director Rupert Goold (Ink, Albion) directs the first London revival of Steven Sater and Duncan Sheik's (American Psycho: A New Musical, Almeida Theatre and Broadway) acclaimed musical, based on the ground-breaking and once-banned 19th century play by Frank Wedekind.
Asha Banks: Today we are here for the Sitzprobe of Spring Awakening.
Maia Tamrakar: So today we’re doing a Sitzprobe which is when we get together with the lovely band, I think there’s seven of them. And we sing all the songs in the show.
Stuart Thompson: In rehearsals, we’ve just been with the piano and now we get the kind of full effect. This is one of my favourite bits. Because it just feels like it’s all starting to come together.
Joe Bunker: It’s the most exciting part of any process and particularly with this score because of these fantastic orchestral arrangements by Simon Hale. And we’re got a couple of new songs that haven’t been heard before. So, it’s really thrilling.
Mark Lockyer: You’ve got to see this! They’re brilliant – absolutely brilliant!
Tony Gayle: You work so hard in the rehearsal room and when you put elements together, it’s exciting for everyone working on it. And it validates everything we’ve been doing in rehearsal rooms.
Bella Maclean: I would describe it as an explosion of what the characters are thinking. So, from the scene, it just explodes into these huge ideas and thoughts. It’s just an amazing way of expressing what everyone’s going through, each character. It’s really beautiful.