February 22, 2013

SPRING AWAKENING Rocks the Purnell

by Laci Corridor (MFA '14), photo by Louis Stein

This week, Carnegie Mellon University presents its first mainstage production of the spring semester, the aptly titled musical SPRING AWAKENING.

With book and lyrics by Steven Sater and music by Duncan Sheik, SPRING AWAKENING fuses the 19th century German expressionist ideas of Frank Wedekind with the modern angst and energy of the pop-music scene. The Tony award-winning musical follows a group of adolescent students as they struggle with sexual repression and double standards from teachers and parents, leading to confusion and pain.

For actors, working on SPRING AWAKENING has been an experience in professionalism and collaboration. Senior Emily Koch (BFA ’13), who plays Wendla, raves about her time working on the production. “Everyone has put their best effort and best work into this show,” she says, “and if you have the best work environment, you are able to give the audience a great night in the theatre.”

Directed by Tome’ Cousin, assistant professor of dance, with musical direction by Thomas Douglas, associate teaching professor of voice, SPRING AWAKENING will showcase the many talents of CMU’s senior actors. According to Koch, audiences can expect to see “an exciting yet tragic, new but relatable, edgy but sweet story” of adolescent naïveté and transformation.

A ground-breaking musical that explores the nature of morality and sexuality with hope, reason, and passion, SPRING AWAKENING premieres February 21 and runs until March 2 at the Philip Chosky Theater, Purnell Center for the Arts.

Tickets can be purchased online or by calling the box office at 412-268-2407.

SPRING AWAKENING contains adult themes and profanity.