17
Sep
12

Meet Michael Castelblanco, the actor playing Georg in Spring Awakening at Dominion Stage.

MichaelC 239x300 Meet Michael Castelblanco, the actor playing Georg in Spring Awakening at Dominion Stage.This is Michael’s first role on stage, and he’s excited for the opportunity to join the ranks of NOVA performers.

“I was encouraged by my boyfriend, Chase, to audition for this musical called Spring Awakening, which I’d never heard of before. So, I listened to his CD of the Broadway production and once I heard the music, I was hooked. Although very nervous, I made it through the audition process and was ecstatic to be offered a role. The cast and the production crew have been so encouraging and positive during the rehearsal process, and we have a great time together, despite the sometimes dark and heavy topics covered in the script. In a way, I think we’re all drawn to it because of those very topics.”

michaelC 199x300 Meet Michael Castelblanco, the actor playing Georg in Spring Awakening at Dominion Stage.

“Georg is not a main character and there’s not a lot of story behind him, so I’ve created my own story about him based on excerpts from dialogue by Melchior and Hanschen. Georg is a boy who follows rules, and he’s uncomfortable when the rules aren’t being followed. Although he secretly wishes he could break the rules, like Melchior, he is judgmental when the other children deviate from what’s accepted in their society and considers himself morally superior. Yet, when things don’t go according to plan, he’d ‘cry over spilt milk,’ as Hanschen says. Personally, I grew up in a household where we had rules for everything, spoken and unspoken, and my military service as an adult was more of the same. I can relate to that aspect of his character, and the desire to just break away and be unconventional even when you know you can’t. I want the audience to not just feel, but see the tension between rebellion and conformity in Georg’s character, even through the distraction of his obsession with his piano teacher, Fraulein Grossebustenhalter.”

“The role of Dieter, the ‘ring leader’ of the boys at the reformatory school is a great way for me to –as I call it- ‘put on my Marine face,’ and act bullish and aggressive, nearly the opposite of the more reserved and uptight Georg.”

MichaelC1 239x300 Meet Michael Castelblanco, the actor playing Georg in Spring Awakening at Dominion Stage.



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