'Spring Awakening' won eight Tony Awards on Broadway, including Best Musical in 2006. Now you have a chance to see The Underground Theatre's local production at the Mary C. O'Keefe Cultural Center of Arts in Ocean Springs.
It's set in 1891 Germany, the year the original non-musical version of the play was written. The play explores the difficult journey from adolescence to adulthood.
It has been called an electrifying fusion of morality, sexuality, and rock and roll in a world where children have to navigate through teenage self discovery and coming of age anxiety on their own.
Holly Landry plays Wendla.
"I like how relatable it is. Everybody goes through problems in their lives and this show could help them through, just knowing that other people go through the same things they do," said Landry.
Wendla's love interest in the show is Melchior, played by James Boykin.
"Melchior and Wendla are good friends who develop a relationship because they are teens struggling with emotions and feelings; and urges that teenagers go through. And they're confused about the mysteries of life."
Beau Soboul, who plays the neurotic misfit, Moritz, says the story covers a myriad of difficult and controversial issues, such as abortion, abuse, and the pressures of society. His love interest in SA is Ilsa, played by Mollye Ladner.
The young actors who are playing 19th century German students say they use music to express their anxieties and rebellion in much the same way teens do today.
Soboul added, "It's a reality check juxtaposed with rock, and it allows them to express themselves in a way they wouldn't be able to in real life."
Bryan Vonder Bruegge is the cast director, and Sandy Starcher is musical director.
'Spring Awakening' is this weekend only at the Mary C. in Ocean Springs. Performances are April 15 and 16 at 8 p.m. and April 17 at 3 p.m. The show is recommended for mature audiences only.
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