URI Theatre Department presents ‘Spring Awakening’

Teens grapple with sexuality, morality, rebellion in 19th Century Germany

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Left to right. Emily Carter from Scituate, Emma Walker, from Naples, Maine, Steven Carvalho from Pawtucket, and Ben Church from East Providence. Photo by Randy Osga

KINGSTON, R.I. – November 29, 2016 — The University of Rhode Island Theatre Department announces the opening of “Spring Awakening,” book and lyrics by Steven Sater, Music by Duncan Sheik, based on the play by Frank Wedekind.

The original Broadway production opened in 2006 at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre in New York and in subsequent years the production garnered eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical, four Drama Desk Awards and the New York Drama Critics Circle Award.

“Spring Awakening” is a celebration of youth and self-discovery that combines classic text and rock and roll. Following a group of 19th Century German teens as they grapple with sexuality, morality and rebellion with scandalous consequences in a world of unresponsive adults, “Spring Awakening” explodes the boundaries of musical theatre to reveal the touching and passionate journey of growing up. This production includes mature language and subject matter and is not recommended for children.

Performances of “Spring Awakening” will run Dec. 1 through 3 and Dec. 8 through 10 at 7:30 p.m. with additional performances Dec. 4 and 11 at 3 p.m. in the Robert E. Will Theatre in the URI Fine Arts Center, 105 Upper College Road on the Kingston Campus.

Tickets cost $20 for general admission and $18 for seniors, URI faculty, staff and students. To purchase tickets online, visit web.uri.edu/theatre, or call (401) 874-5843 beginning Nov. 16.

Professor Paula McGlasson, who recently directed “Legally Blonde” and “Chicago” directs the production. Musical direction is by Lila Kane, guest artist; choreography is by Dante Sciarra, guest artist; costume design is by Toni Spadafora-Sadler, guest artist; scenic design is by Kent Homchick, guest artist; lighting design is by Associate Professor Christian Wittwer; and sound design is by Michael Hyde, guest artist.

Actor, Character, Hometown
Emily Carter, Ilse, Scituate
Steven Carvalho, Melchior Gabor, Pawtucket
Jake Clarke, Company, Narragansett
Justin Culshaw, Otto Lammermeir, Hillsdale, N.J.
John Thomas Cunha, Hanschen, Middletown
Ben Church, Moritz Steifel, East Providence
Abby Dufresne, Company, North Kingstown
Valerie Ferris, Martha, Staten Island, N.Y.
Jake Farnum, Ernst, North Scituate
Ardemis Kassabian, Thea, Wakefield
Geoff Leatham, Adult Male, Clarkston, Mass.
Ariana Pacheco, Company, Johnston
Valerie Remillard, Adult Female, North Kingstown
Brooks A. Shatraw, Georg, North Smithfield
Allison Steele, Company, Milford, Conn.
Emily Turtle, Anna, Barrington
Emma Walker, Wendla, Naples, Maine
Andy Winters, Company, Understudy, Bayonne, N.J.