UW-Green Bay Theatre and Dance and UW-Green Bay Music will present Spring Awakening, a musical based on the play by Frank Wedekind, at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 20-22 and 3 p.m. Nov. 22 at the University Theatre in Theatre Hall on campus, 2420 Nicolet Drive.
Winner of eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Spring Awakening is a pop-rock musical adaptation of playwright Wedekind’s 1891 expressionist play about teenage rebellion and sexual discovery. Wedekind’s words and themes still resonate in their depiction of passion and the transition to adulthood. With little change to Wedekind’s controversial script, the new original score strikes a balance between the 19th century setting and an edgy modern attitude. Spring Awakening is rated R for strong language and adult content. It is recommended for mature audiences.
Directed by UW-Green Bay Associate Prof. John Mariano, with musical direction from Assistant Prof. Courtney Sherman and choreography by lecturer Denise Carlson-Gardner, Spring Awakening is a collaboration of UW-Green Bay Theatre and Dance and UW-Green Bay Music.
“In the contemporary musical, the twist they put on this old play that really made it interesting,” Mariano said, “is that whenever the characters sing, they kind of step out of that late 19th century world and into a very contemporary, concert-like world.”
Added Sherman: “It’s essentially going back and forth between a really powerful piece of theatre, a play, and being at an awesome rock concert. So you get the best of both worlds rolled together in one performance experience. And I think that’s fantastic, and it will be really, really thrilling for audiences.”
Spring Awakening features the work of two student designers — Drew Arnold, Lighting Designer; and Jeff Chesebro, Sound.
Tickets for Spring Awakening are $27 in advance and $30 at the door for adults, $22 in advance and $25 at the door for students (with ID) and seniors, and $15 for UW-Green Bay students. Order online or by calling (920) 465-2400 or (800) 328-tkts.
Watch a video preview of the UW-Green Bay Theatre and Dance and UW-Green Bay Music production of Spring Awakening.
Spring Awakening directorial/production team: John Mariano (Director); Courtney Sherman (Musical Director); Denise Carlson-Gardner (Choreographer); Jeffrey Paul Entwistle (Scenic Designer); Kaoime E. Malloy (Costume Designer); Drew Arnold (Lighting Designer); Jeff Chesebro (Sound Designer); R. Michael Ingraham (Technical Director); David Cook (Assistant Technical Director); Jena Tolksdorf (Stage Manager).
Spring Awakening cast: Erin Sunisa (Wendla); Cherran Dea Rasmovicz (Martha); Amy Vannieuwenhoven (Thea); Andrea Kuhlow (Anna); Stephanie Frank (Ilse); Sydney Haessly (Ensemble); Katie Junak (Ensemble); Adam Rosenow (Melchior); Evan R. Ash (Moritz); Cody Von Ruden (Hanschen); Colin LeMoine (Ernst/Reinhold); Joey Prestley (Georg); Nick Schommer (Otto/Ulbrecht); Cody Galligan (Ensemble/Dieter); Scott Klapperich (Ensemble/Rupert); Morgen Aria Clarey (The Adult Women); Andrew Delaurelle (The Adult Men).
Spring Awakening band: Courtney Sherman (Conductor); Emily Sculliuffo (Keyboard); Kyle Sweeney (Keyboard); Matt Hayes (Guitar); Bryana Payne (Guitar); Collin Catalano (Bass); Bobby Magers (Drums and percussion).
Spring Awakening crew: Assistant Stage Managers: Angie Danowski, Abby Stuckey; Vocal Music Assistant: Nick Schommer; Master Electrician: Jake Gerlikovski; Sound Assistants: Dana Mehlhorn, Zeb Brooks; Scene Shop Supervisor: David Cook; Costume Shop Supervisor: Nicole Maritch; Properties Master: Kate Akerboom; Properties Assistant: Emily Ahrens; Make-up Artist: Kaoime E. Malloy; Wardrobe Supervisor: Elizabeth Galba; Spot Caller: Bri Wolfe; Spot Operators: Hannah Blecha, Renata Gindt; Wardrobe Head: Liz Galba; Wardrobe Crew: Emily Hanson, Katie Kluever, Ashley Wisneski; Costume Technicians: Liz Barlement, Stephanie Frank, Nicole Lett, Libby Reineke, Erin Sunisa; Paint Crew: Evan Ash, Ron Brown, Alysia Campbell, Jeff Chesebro, Alison Danison, Ian Danison, Janae Due, Jake Gerlikovski, Milayna Haushalter, Kaitlin Honkanen, Erin Kluth, Rachel Lococo, Erin Pagenkopf, Caleb Poole, Elizabeth Seidl, Abby Stuckey, Ntxhee Yee Thao, Skyler Toyne, Phoenix VanLaanen, Ashley Wisneski, Bri Wolfe, Kiersten Zangl; Electricians: Drew Arnold, Evan Ash, Hannah Blecha, Jeff Chesebro, Zeb Burks, Jake Gerlikovski, Renata Gindt, Michael J. Hingles, Rebecca Kellner, Dana Mehlhorn, Bri Wolfe; Carpenters: Shannon Alba, Katie Akerboom, Drew Arnold, Evan Ash, Elizabeth Barlament, Katherine Bauer, Zeb Burks, Jeff Chesebro, Kayleigh Faber, Jacob Gerlikovski, Azure Hall, Clare Halstead, Emily Hanson, Milayn Haushalter, Kaitlin Honkanen, Katie Junak, Rebecca Kellner, Erin Kluth, Jenevieve Lee, Dana Mehlhorn, Caleb Poole, Christopher Poole, Joseph Priestly, Cherran Dea Rasmovicz, Jody Schiess, Elizabeth Seidl, Talor Sohr, Abby Stuckey, Ntxhee Yee Thao, Jena Tolksdorf, Brooke Tupa, Katherine Wendlandt, Robin Zabler, Kiersten Zang.