‘Spring Awakening’ opens Wednesday
Keene State College Theatre and Dance and Music departments will present a production of a rock musical, “Spring Awakening,” at the Redfern Arts Center Nov. 13 to 16.
The show, a current and edgy rock musical that deals with young people’s sexuality, was the winner of eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical. With music by Duncan Sheik and lyrics by Steven Sater, the show was inspired by the 1891 play of the same name by Frank Wedekind.
The production is directed by Ron Spangler, an assistant professor of theater at Keene State.
The play takes a critical look at the sexually-oppressive culture of 19th century Germany and, due to the controversial subject matter (puberty, sexuality, rape, child abuse, homosexuality, suicide, abortion), it consequently was often banned or censored well into the mid-20th century.
The musical speaks of the problem of sexual knowledge and experience being withheld from adolescents by adults, with the resultant action ending in tragedy for all involved.
Sadly enough, the play still rings true today because young people still share the same life experiences they did in the late 19th century. That’s why Spangler decided to set the play in the original time period using period costumes and scenery.
Local students performing are Abbie Brown of Dublin and Taylor Jorgensen of Wilton.
Performance times are 7:30 p.m. for all shows. Tickets are $16 for the general public, $13 for senior citizens, and $6 for KSC students, and can be reserved by calling 358-2168 or online at www.keene.edu/racbp.