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'Spring Awakening' Storms the Guignol Theatre Stage

Published: Apr 23, 2013

 

 

Tony-nominated actor Jonathan Groff talks about UK Theatre's production of "Spring Awakening."

Video courtesy of UK Department of Theatre. A transcript of this video can be found here.

 

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 23, 2013) — The University of Kentucky's Department of Theatre is presenting the Tony award-winning Spring Awakening: A New Musical. This rock musical is a provocative exploration of the journey from adolescence to adulthood. Spring Awakening storms the Guignol Theatre stage for four more performances April 25-28.

 

Based on the play by Frank Wedekind, the book and lyrics for Spring Awakening were written by Steven Sater and music was by Duncan Sheik. The musical is a set in 19th century Germany and chronicles the explorations of teenagers while singing "a love song to sex, drugs, and rock and roll."

 

Be advised this production contains mature themes, strong language and sexual content.

 

UK Theatre's production of Spring Awakening is directed and choreographed by faculty members Lyndy Franklin Smith and Jeromy Smith. The cast includes: Michael Sheehy as Melchior; Rachel Snyder as Wendla; Peter LaPrade as Moritz; Lindsey Austin as Ilse; Maggie Howell as Martha; Madison McGhee as Thea; Abby Sheridan as Anna; Samuel Themer as Hanschen and Rupert; Beau McGhee as Ernst and Reinhold; Elliot Lane as Georg and Dieter; Brenden Stipes as Otto and Ulbrecht; Jessica French as the play's adult female characters; and Brian Sprague as the play's adult male characters. The ensemble includes: Taylor Cavins, Hannah Hatter, Whitney McWhorter, Joshua Randal Price, Layton Sharp and Jamarcus Shelton. 

 

Tickets for the last four performances of Spring Awakening can be purchased for $15 general admission and $10 for students. To reserve tickets, call the ticket office at (859) 257-4929 or visit online at scfatickets.com.

 

To see a video with cast members talking about their experience working on Spring Awakening and meeting and working with Jonathan Groff, the Tony-nominated actor who originated the lead role of Melchior, click play below.

 

Video by Jenny Wells/UK Public Relations and Marketing. A transcript of this video can be found here.

 

 

The UK Department of Theatre at UK College of Fine Arts has played an active role in the performance scene in Central Kentucky for more than 100 years. Students in the program get hands-on training and one-on-one mentorship from a renowned professional theatre faculty. The liberal arts focus of the bachelor's degree program is coupled with ongoing career counseling to ensure a successful transition from campus to professional life.

 

 

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Whitney Hale, (859) 257-8716whitney.hale@uky.edu

 

 

 

 

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