‘Spring Awakening’ at ASU
The eight-time Tony Award-winning musical, “Spring Awakening,”
with music by Duncan Sheik and book by Steven Sater, will be presented March 29 and 30 at
Appalachian State University.
It is the High Country premiere of the pop rock musical that stormed Broadway in 2007. It’s being produced by the Appalachian Musical Theatre Ensemble, the campus organization that previously staged successful productions of “Rent,” “Godspell” and “The Rocky Horror Show.”
Performances will begin at 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday in the Blue Ridge Ballroom of Plemmons Student Union on the Appalachian campus.
The winner of eight Tony awards, including Best Musical, “Spring Awakening” is a rock musical adaptation of Frank Wedekind’s 1891 expressionist play about the trials, tribulations and exhilaration of the teenage years. In addition to capturing the top award in 2007, the show was also honored with Tony awards for Best Musical, Best Book, Best Original Score, Best Direction of a Musical, Best Choreography and Best Orchestrations, in addition to receiving the 2008 Grammy Award Best Musical Show Album.
It’s Germany, 1891. The beautiful young Wendla explores her body and asks her mother where babies come from. Elsewhere, the brilliant and fearless young Melchior defends his buddy Moritz, a boy so traumatized by puberty he can’t concentrate on anything. One afternoon in the woods, Wendla and Melchior discover a desire unlike anything they have ever felt. “Spring Awakening” explores the confusion and desperation that ensue when the onrushing tide of hormones meets the ignorance of children.
According to its producers, “The show celebrates the unforgettable journey from youth to adulthood with a power, poignancy and passion the audience will never forget.”
The all-student production is directed and choreographed by senior theater major and dance minor Kellie Letner. Music direction is by Dominique Atwater, with stage management by Madeline Hintz, both seniors. Freshman Darius Gregory is serving as dance captain and assistant choreographer, with seniors Will Allen and Luke Schaffer designing costumes and properties, respectively. Dramaturg for the production is Glenn Driskill.
“Spring Awakening is a coming of age story that pulls at the heartstrings of adolescence and of longing,” Letner said. “It is a story that transcends time to remind us all what it was like to be young.”
The cast features Will Allen and Blair Howerton in the leading roles of Melchior and Wendla, with Jared Coble and Nicole Barone playing the pivotal roles of Moritz and Ilse. Other cast members include Marc Arrambide, Michelle Buchi, Savannah Core, Angela Gazillo, Darius Gregory, Rachel Leishman, AJ McCurry, Jaraad Samad and Luke Schaffer.
“Spring Awakening” is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International. All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.
Tickets are $8 for students and $10 for the general public if purchased in advance. Tickets are being sold at the Plemmons Student Union Information Desk Monday through Friday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For ticket information, call (828) 262-3030. Tickets also will be sold at the door beginning one hour prior to each performance at a cost of $10.
Because this production contains mature subject matter and partial nudity, tickets will be sold only to audience members 18 years of age and older, with photo identification required for admission.