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Westfield State presents “Spring Awakening”

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The Music Department and the Theatre Arts program at Westfield State University will perform several showings of “Spring Awakening.” The performances will be held on April 19-22 at 8 p.m. and April 22 and 23 at 2 p.m. in the Ely Studio Theatre.

“Spring Awakening” is a rock musical first performed on Broadway in 2006, with lyrics and book by Steven Sater and music by Duncan Sheik. It is based on an 1891 play of the same name by German playwright Frank Wedekind. The play focuses on a group of young adults in late nineteenth-century Germany as they discover more adult aspects of their lives. The main character, Melchior, challenges the strict and narrow-minded attitudes of the town and educates his friends about relationships and sexuality, with some startling consequences.

“Despite being set in Germany in the late 19th century, ‘Spring Awakening’ has a powerful contemporary rock and roll score, that reminds us that teen angst exists across lines that separate different cultures or time periods,” says Theatre Professor Eric Parness, faculty sponsor of the “Spring Awakening” production.

The production features 13 student actors and two student stage managers. Students are also heavily involved in costume, prop, and set design, as well as sound and light board work.

The Ely Studio Theatre is located on the second level of the Ely Campus Center. Tickets are $8 for students, $10 for senior citizens and faculty/staff, and $14 for the general public. Tickets are on sale at www.westfield.ma.edu/tickets.

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