Advanced Performance Academy
Young Adult Ensemble
Book & Lyrics by Steven Sater, Music by Duncan Sheik
Based on the play by Frank Wedekind
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday at 7:30pm
Sunday at 3pm
Spring Awakening is an exhilarating rock musical about the trials and tribulations of growing up. The Tony Award-winning brilliant rock score and searingly emotional book take the story of youth revolt and self-discovery into a new century. Headstrong Melchior and naive Wendla stumble into each other's arms, while anxious Moritz struggles to live up to the stringent expectations of society. With only each other for guidance, this group of young men and women travel together through the fraught and rocky path of adolescence to adulthood with poignancy and passion that is illuminating and unforgettable. This landmark musical will electrify you with the show's fusion of morality.
WARNING: Spring Awakening is Rated R. It contains mature/sexual language, themes and content not suitable for children, including human sexuality, abortion, and suicide. Parents and their high school aged children who have open conversations regarding these subjects will find this show gives opportunity for meaningful dialogue, and are recommended to attend.
As part of CCT’s Advanced Performance Academy, the intention of this production is to give young professional-bound actors an opportunity to apply their training to a professional-level production which tackles difficult subject matter through a highly artistic medium.
2 Act Musical with an Intermission, 120 Minutes
Performed at the Park St Theatre
Tickets on sale now!
A Q&A with Spring Awakening Director, Greg Hellems
CCT: As a director and teacher of young college-bound and professional-bound actors, what drew you to Spring Awakening?
GREG: As a director, I love theatre because it reflects back to us our own lives in a way that touches our subconscious and opens our eyes to our own experience, only more beautifully and more expressively. So then, what could be better than working on a piece about the troubled lives of adolescents - with adolescents. As an educator, what I find exciting about Spring Awakening is it's mode of storytelling. I love getting to work on an ensemble piece, because it allows us to combine production and training in a way that's beneficial to the actors.
CCT: What are the benefits and challenges of working on a piece of this nature with students?
GREG: Both benefits and challenges seem to come in the same package. To me Spring Awakening allows for so many levels of learning- both personal and professional. We know there will be difficult moments and challenges in the work and some important conversations along the way, and we're prepared to engage this work in a way that's edifying and uplifting.
CCT: Spring Awakening addresses taboo subjects including religion, abortion, sexual identity, masturbation, teen pregnancy, and suicide. How are these sensitive subjects approached in the production process?
GREG: Directing Spring Awakening for me, means being clear about how to approach the action of the play with respect for the actor's feelings and opinions. It may be hard to believe, but most high school students are not ignorant of any of these taboos and in fact have their own opinions and thoughts about each. In this process, I have counted on this and encourage everyone to share those opinions in rehearsal and their work. My job is to guide the cast to create the illusion of reality on stage. My goal is bring the cast through the process in a way that addresses any anxiety or awkwardness, so they can feel confident in the work expressed. I always believe that open and honest dialogue is the best policy.
CCT: Can CCT’s audience expect an edited or censored version of the production?
GREG: The show will not be edited or censored, but we are thoughtfully and carefully addressing some moments of staging that involve intimacy and delicate subjects.
CCT: What do you hope the teen and young adult audience will take away from attending the production?
GREG: My hope is that young audience members experience a revelation about the power of theatre, especially a musical that addresses their life so compellingly. Because Spring Awakening is a rock-based musical, it speaks very strongly to younger audience members who appreciate the energy and style of the writing
CCT: What do you hope the adults and parents in the audience will take away from attending the production?
GREG: I hope the older audience takes away two things. First, a sense of nostalgia and understanding that comes from remembering what it was like to confront their own adolescence. Second, to see the role they play in their relationships to the next generation, and maybe reflect a little on how they have participated.