Ashley Roussety still recalls the first time he heard the cast recording of the Tony Award winning musical Spring Awakening. It was a hot summer’s day and he was sitting beside a pool when a friend suggested Roussety listen to this new musical. For the full length of the cast recording, Roussety says he didn’t move.

“I was just transfixed. It was something I had never heard before,” said Roussety, who explained he was drawn to the pop/rock/indie/folky music and its poetic language.

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For the past ten years Ashley Roussety has wanted to perform in Spring Awakening, but never imagined it actually happening. But then, Roussety didn’t imagine himself performing professionally on the stage either.

Ashley Roussety was working in marketing. He’d grown up going to theatre with his family but never dreamed of being on the stage. Roussety had always sung, but didn’t start doing any theatre work until he was around twenty.

“Then I started getting bigger and better gigs,” he said.

He landed a role in StageArt’s production of HAIR. Roussety was still working in his marketing job, but had a desire to do more.

“So I thought, just throw caution to the wind and see what happens.”

He auditioned for various theatre courses and was accepted into WAAPA. Roussety described the experience as being everything he had imagined and more.

“You kind of have an idea in your head of what a place is going to be like and then when you get there you’re just completely blown away. It was amazing. It was three years I would never change. It was incredible.”

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After three years away studying at WAAPA, Ashley Roussety returns to StageArt in the role of Melchior in the Victorian professional premiere of Spring Awakening. This Tony award winning musical is set in Germany in 1891 and is a story of youth, rebellion and sexuality. Although it touches on some heavy topics, Roussety said these are beautifully done and it’s a very poignant story.

To prepare for Spring Awakening. Roussety spent time researching about the lives of the children being portrayed in this story and appreciate the times they were living in.

“These kids were so repressed.”

Despite the pop/rock style of the music and the storyline of teenage issues, Roussety feels Spring Awakening will appeal to a wider, cross generational audience.

“Obviously, it does have adult themes, but these are kids, at the end of the day, and they’re just wanting to be heard.”

Spring Awakening is playing at Chapel Off Chapel until June 10th.


Spring Awakening

19 May – 10 June

Times: 7:30pm Wed-Sun
Saturday & Sunday Matinee 1:30pm,
Sun 21 May 4pm


Friday & Saturday Nights
$79 A Reserve Adult, $74 A Reserve Concession,
$69 B Reserve Adult, $64 B Reserve Concession,
$49 C Reserve – Restricted Viewing

Thursdays, Saturday Matinee and Sundays
$69 A Reserve Adult, $64 A Reserve Concession,
$59 B Reserve Adult, $54 B Reserve Concession,
$49 C Reserve – Restricted Viewing


Duration: Act One 1hr 10mins Interval 20 mins Act Two 60mins

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Please Note: Spring Awakening includes strong coarse language, nudity, sex scene and adult content. All ages welcome but parental guidance recommended for patrons under 15 years of age.