November 07, 2014
Director: Professor Stepan Simek
Music Director/Conductor: Stephen Alexander
Choreographer: Guest Artist Jessica Wallenfels
Vocal Coach: Sue McBerry
Scene & Costume Designer: Guest Artist Megan Wilkerson
Lighting Designer: Staff Technical Director Matthew Robins
The rehearsals for Spring Awakening the Musical are now in full swing at the Theatre Department. The production, featuring sixteen student actors/singers/dancers and a collaboration with some of Oregon’s top guest artists, will open on November 7th at the Fir Acres Theatre.
Spring Awakening is an award-winning rock musical based on the original play by the Greman proto-expressioninst playwright, Frank Wedekind. It is a story of sexual awakening among a group of young children in a late nineteenth century provincial town in Germany. The children, oppressed by a rigid educational system,and lied to about sex by their parents, rage against the prevailing repression, explore their sexuality, and test the limits of freedom.
In the musical version of the play, the inner lives of the protagonists, their anger, their desires, and their confusion are expressed by rock, punk, and garage band inspired music and songs. The modern music is juxtaposed with the oppressive reality of nineteenth century life, and the musical seamlessly switches back and forth between the worlds of the excitement of a rock concert and the dullness of their everyday struggles.
The production is directed by Stepan Simek, Professor of Theatre and the Chair of the Theatre Department. Musical direction is by Stephen Alexander, a three-time winner of the Drammy Award for best musical direction; voice direction and coaching is by Susan McBerry, the musical theatre and voice instructor at the Music Department; Jessica Wallenfels, a three-time winner of a Drammy Award for outstanding Choreography is the choreographer; sets and costumes are designed by Megan Wilkerson, a nationally active professional designer, and the lighting is designed by Matthew Robins, the Technical Director at the Theatre Department
Performances are November 7, 8, 13, 14, & 15 at 7:30pm and November 9 & 16 at 2pm