Saturday, December 7

Florida Rep’s conservatory program presents Spring Awakening

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Florida Repertory Theatre’s Education Department presents Spring Awakening with music by Duncan Sheik and book and lyrics by Steven Sater.
The eight-time Tony Award-winning Best Musical is the next offering in the conservatory program, and runs Aug. 9 – 11 and Aug. 15 – 17 in the Historic Arcade Theatre.
Spring Awakening explores the journey from adolescence to adulthood with a poignancy and passion that is illuminating and unforgettable. The landmark musical is an electrifying fusion of morality, sexuality, and rock and roll that has been exhilarating audiences across the nation since it took Broadway by storm in 2006. The coming of age story for a group of teens is told through music that Entertainment Weekly called “the most gorgeous Broadway score this decade!”
“Spring Awakening is based on the play of the same name and is well over 100 years old,” said education director Kody C. Jones. “The reason that this piece has stayed so universally reverent, topical, and imperative is that it deals with the same taboo subjects that we are still challenged with in 2019. Using this show as a vehicle for artistic interpretation and self-enlightenment, the cast is able to channel these deep themes and struggles in every adolescent life and bring that poignancy to the stage in a way that resonates with both teens and adults.”
Set in Germany in 1891, Spring Awakening follows a group of teens as they begin to navigate the murky waters of adolescence, puberty and self-discovery. The teens fall in and out of love, rebel against the adults in their lives, and discover the joy and the pain adulthood brings. The musical deals very frankly with issues that face teens today, and does so with a one-of-a-kind score, fresh choreography, fully-developed characters, and a timeless story.
“It’s a vivid, intense piece of dramatic literature that addresses head on many of the challenges that young people faced then and now,” says Florida Rep artistic director Greg Longenhagen. “While the main characters that inhabit the world of the play are teenagers, the themes are quite adult in nature. In an effort to prepare audiences, we’ve included a parental advisory for explicit content label on the production. I am proud that Kody and our Education Department continue to raise the bar by exploring timely topics that concern our children’s safety, well-being, and happiness. As a father, I can’t think of anything more precious or important than our children.”
Tickets are $10 for students with a valid ID and $25//$20 for adults. Tickets are available online at www.FloridaRepEducation.org or by calling the box office at 239-332-4488 or toll free at 877-787-8053.

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