Spring Awakening

book and lyrics by STEVEN SATER

music by DUNCAN SHEIK

based on the play by  FRANK WEDEKIND

directed by JP THIBODEAU

performed by the STUDENT SUMMER INTENSIVE PROGRAM

ABOUT THE PROGRAM

Since its creation, in the summer of 2014, the Student Summer Intensive Program has seen more than 300 students work through a summer of intense musical theatre training. This summer was no exception as students navigated both online and in-person rehearsals to create this show.  A musical theatre educational experience unlike any other offered in Alberta this show is guaranteed to delight showcase the community leaders of tomorrow.

ABOUT THE SHOW

The winner of eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical, told by Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater through what Entertainment Weekly called, "the most gorgeous Broadway score this decade," Spring Awakening explores the journey from adolescence to adulthood with a poignancy and passion that is illuminating and unforgettable. The landmark musical is an electrifying fusion of morality, sexuality and rock and roll that is exhilarating audiences across the nation like no other musical in years.

It is Germany, 1891, a world where the grown-ups hold all the cards. The beautiful young Wendla explores the mysteries of her body and wonders aloud where babies come from... until Mama tells her to shut it and put on a proper dress. Elsewhere, the brilliant and fearless young Melchior interrupts a mind-numbing Latin drill to defend his buddy, Moritz – a boy so traumatized by puberty that he can't concentrate on anything... not that the Headmaster cares. He strikes them both and tells them to turn in their lesson. One afternoon, in a private place in the woods, Melchior and Wendla meet by accident and soon find within themselves a desire, unlike anything they've ever felt. As they fumble their way into one another's arms, Moritz flounders and soon fails out of school. When even his one adult friend, Melchior's mother, ignores his plea for help, he is left so distraught that he can't hear the promise of life offered by his outcast friend, Ilse. Naturally, the Headmasters waste no time in pinning the "crime" of Moritz's suicide on Melchior to expel him. And soon, Mama learns that her little Wendla is pregnant. Now the young lovers must struggle against all odds to build a world together for their child.

 

This celebration of rebellion provides the perfect opportunity to feature performers of all types, as well as the creative flexibility with the use of costumes, set pieces and lighting. Featuring a pop-rock score, this is an ideal show for talented vocalists with strong acting abilities. Join this group of late nineteenth-century German students on their passage as they navigate teenage self-discovery and coming of age anxiety in a powerful celebration of youth and rebellion in the daring, remarkable Spring Awakening.

DATES:

August 28 to September 5

Tuesdays to Saturdays 7pm

Saturdays & Sundays 2pm

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PRESENTED:

Online Streaming

RUNNING TIME:

Two act musical, approx. 2 hour

TICKET PRICES:

$27 child, $32 adult

RECOMMENDED FOR:

ages 12+ with content warning

RELAXED PERFORMANCES:

TBD

WHAT TO EXPECT:

pop-rock influence music, in-depth conversations, dense language. student performers

 

THEMES & TALKING POINTS:

adult themes, sexual content, suicide, homosexuality, love, discovery, coming of age, teenage emotional discovery

SHOW HIGHLIGHTS from Spring Awakening

Watch the Tony Award performance from the 2016 Broadway musical revival by Deaf West Theatre.

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