TACOMA, Wash. – “What are you looking for?” “If only I knew.” “Then what's the use of looking?”
This exchange between Ilse and Moritz, two young people in the rock musical Spring Awakening: The Musical, gently captures the longing and the angst that drives this powerful, modern play. As a coming-of-age story, Spring Awakening is uncompromising in portraying what it is to be alive and young, faced with the censure of adult silence.
This spring regional audiences can experience the 2006 Broadway hit that collected eight Tony Awards and gripped audiences across the country. Spring Awakening: The Musical will be on stage at University of Puget Sound from March 1–10.
The play, directed by Sara Freeman ’95, will be performed in Norton Clapp Theatre at 7:30 p.m. on Fri.–Sat., March 1–2 and Thurs.–Sat. March 7–9. There also will be a matinee at 2 p.m., Sunday, March 10. Featuring mature themes, strong language, and sexual content, the performance is most suitable for those who are high school age and above. Ticket information is below.
“It’s a very charged play and it’s deeply beautiful on many levels,” said director and Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts Sara Freeman. “It’s beautiful physically, musically, and emotionally. There are times you laugh, but overall it is a tragedy.” Written by Steven Sater, with music by pop artist Duncan Sheik, Spring Awakening is an adaptation of German dramatist Frank Wedekind’s 1891 expressionist play of the same name.
Set in the 19th century, Spring Awakening explores adolescence in a society dedicated to suppressing sexual matters. It ponders the cost of ignorance and denial—then and now. Holding little back, it deals with sensitive issues such as sex education, child abuse, homosexuality, and the hierarchies of privilege.
“Young people feel about this musical the way young people felt about Rent, or Les Miserables, or Hair—that this is the musical of my generation,” Freeman said.
The production features a cast of Puget Sound students from all four years of the academic program. Choreography is by Stephanie Kriege Pederson '02, scene design by Meg Anderson '13, costumes by Mishka Navarre, light design by Kurt Walls, and sound design by Lawrence Huffines. Dawn Padula is the musical director, and Gerard Morris is the conductor.
Spring Awakening is presented by the Department of Theatre Arts and the School of Music at University of Puget Sound.
FOR TICKETS: Admission is $12.50 for the general public; $8.50 for seniors (55+), military personnel, students, and Puget Sound students, faculty, and staff. For tickets contact Wheelock Information Center, order by credit card by phoning 253.879.6013, or order online at http://ups.universitytickets.com.
Press photos of the production are available by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org
Photos on page: Top right: Spring Awakening showing at the Novello Theatre in London, March 2009. Above left: Director Sara Freeman; Above right: Frank Wedekind, author of Spring Awakening; Above
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