Book & Lyrics by Steven Sater
Music by Duncan Sheik
Based on the play by Frank Wedekind

Directed by Dale Gutzman
Musical Direction by Anne Van Deusen

presented
July- August 2015


In 1891, a young dramatist named Frank Wedekind wrote a play which was instantly banned. SPRING AWAKENING explored the sexual discoveries of young teens in a stifling, repressive society. But the play was about much more than that. What terrified critics of the show was that it dealt with the damage parents, teachers, and religious and political systems can cause in Young People. It was about people who shape a distorted reality around themselves for protection and then enforce that reality onto others. This shocking play dared to suggest that sex can be a freeing, enlightening almost spiritual experience if treated honestly and openly. 

A century later, two talented young men, Steven Sater and Duncan Sheik, turned this classic drama into a mind-bending, heart-wrenching rock musical that took Broadway by storm. How could this transition be made? Because the pain endured by the young people in Wedekind's play are felt by the young of today. Because the sensitive, powerful musical speaks clearly in a voice too seldom heard of what it is like to be young and newly thrust into the world of puberty. Everything is mysterious and terrifying to a young teen. Every teen feels terribly alone and isolated. Every teen struggles daily with AWAKENINGS of all sorts. And our world is still filled with religious, sexual, gender, parental and political misunderstanding and repression. 

‘SPRING AWAKENING’ is a powerhouse of a musical, wild, funny, tragic, uplifting, touching and merciless in is exploration of the inner thoughts and feelings of youth. During the summer of 2015, Off The Wall Theatre, brought to you this dynamic show, as only Off The Wall can. Artistic Director Dale Gutzman, named Milwaukee Artist of the year for 2015, and Music Director Anne Van Deusen totally re-imagined the show and brought new power and intensity to the work, staged in Off The Wall's intimate yet constantly transformed performance space. With a cast of super-talented young performers and seasoned professionals gathered from all over the Midwest, ‘SPRING AWAKENING’ was another in a line of "Must See"Off The Wall shows. Spring Awakening was performed to sold out houses for all of it's performances!


 

The Cast

THE BOYS:
MELCHIOR
MORITZ
HANSCHEN
ERNST
GEORG
OTTO
THE GIRLS:
WENDLA
MARTHA
THEA
ANNA
ILSE
 
THE ADULTS:
Jocelyn Ridgely
Dale Gutzman

TECHNICAL DIRECTOR: David Roper 
ASST. DIRECTOR: Lawrence J. Lukasavage 
ASST. TO MR. GUTZMAN: Sandy Lewis 

A BITCH OF A SHOW!