"Spring Awakening," a rock musical, by Steven Sater and Duncan Sheik
- Friday, April 14, 2017 at 7:30pm
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MSU School of Film and Photography Presents Rock Musical “Spring Awakening”
BOZEMAN—The Montana State University School of Film and Photography will present the 2007 Tony Award–winning rock musical “Spring Awakening,” with music by Duncan Sheik and book and lyrics by Steven Sater, at MSU’s Black Box Theater, with performances continuing weekends through April 23.
Based on Frank Wedekind’s once-banned and still provocative German play “Spring Awakening” (1891), the musical is set in late 19th-century Germany and tells the timeless story of teenagers facing the challenges of adolescent love, rebellion, and sexuality. The original Broadway production won eight Tony Awards, four Drama Desk Awards, and a Grammy Award for the original cast album.
MSU’s production, directed by Cara Wilder, features a talented cast of student and community singer-actors, a live band under the musical direction of Stefan Stern, choreography by Shari Watson, and special effects created by MSU Film, Engineering, and Music Tech students, under the guidance of set designer and SFP professor Tom Watson, lighting designer Tom Delgado and sound engineer Jeremiah Slovarp.
“The process of putting this musical together has been a true university-wide collaboration,” said Wilder, assistant teaching professor in the School of Film and Photography. “We have technical effects created as a capstone project by engineering students, video effects by film students, music tech students developing an intricate sound design, and student musicians, actors, and designers in all areas of the production. We even have three local high school students involved with the show.”
Hailed by critics as “a vital leap forward for the American musical” (Time Out), “Spring Awakening” broke new ground for the genre, Wilder said. She points to a New York Times review that proclaimed it a “brave, new musical, haunting and electrifying by turns.”
“Even set at the turn of the century, it’s about timeless issues facing students today,” Wilder said. “Things like sexuality, abuse, suicide, first love, and parental expectations. The rock score infuses these themes with an electric current that’s imminently relatable and, ultimately, hopeful.”
“Spring Awakening” continues through April 23, with performances on Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday matinees at 3 pm, including Easter Sunday. The Black Box Theater is located on the corner of 11th Ave. and Grant St., with free parking available at adjacent lots. Tickets are $15 for general admission and $12 for students, available at Cactus Records and Gifts, both in-store and online (www.cactusrecords.net); First Interstate Bank in the MSU Strand Union Building; the MSU Visual Communications Building box office at 11th and Grant; or at the door on performance nights as available. Seating is not reserved. This production contains nudity and is recommend for ages 15+. For more information, please call (406) 580-0374.
$12 - $15
- Cara Wilder