Community January 9, 2017
Alpha Psi Omega Honor Societies
from both colleges present the show
Spring Awakening is on stage Jan. 19-22 at Jacksonville University. Photos by Nikki Falcao
Jacksonville, Fla. — “Spring Awakening,” the groundbreaking 2006 rock musical about a group of teenagers in 1891 Germany grappling with authority, standards, nature and themselves will take the stage this winter at Jacksonville University’s Swisher Theater from January 19-22 in a first-time collaboration between JU and Flagler College’s Alpha Psi Omega Honor Societies.
Featuring music and lyrics by Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater, and based on Frank Wedekind’s controversial 1891 play of the same name, “Spring Awakening” is a daring, electric celebration of youth and rebellion, and follows the German students Wendla, Moritz, Melchior and their friends as they explore the journey between adolescence and adulthood, innocence and knowing, and the dynamic between authority and the powerless through what Entertainment Weekly called “the most gorgeous Broadway score this decade.”
Co-produced by JU APO president Zachary Polendo and Flagler College APO president Rebecca Woods, “Srping Awakening” boasts a cast of 25 young actors from both schools and four majors: theatre, musical theate, music and dance. Flagler College Theatre Senior Brian Matthews appears as Melchior, JU Music Theatre Sophomore Emily Pate stars as Wendla, and JU Theatre Junior Brandon Paris plays Moritz.
Also featured are Sissy Hofaker (Flagler College Theatre Sophomore, Ilse), Austin Satinsky (Flagler College Theatre Senior, Georg), Savannah Elam (JU Music Theatre Junior, Martha), Jamil Abdur-Rahman (JU Music Theatre Senior, Otto), Sade Crosby (JU Music Theatre Junior, Anna), Matt Robertson (JU Music Theatre Senior, Hanschen), Zoe Rosas (JU Music Theatre Sophormore, Thea), Zachary Polendo (JU Music Theatre Senior, Ernst), Esther Olivo (JU Music Theatre Sophomore, Melitta), Dustin Delgross (Flagler Theatre Sophomore, Adult Men), Katie Suddard (Flagler Theatre Senior, Adult Women), Adam Keller, (JU Theatre Senior, Adult Men), Samantha Wicklund (JU Music Theatre Senior, Adult Women). The Ensemble is comprised of Charly Ann Roper (JU Music Freshman), Sarah Stepp (JU Theatre Freshman), Michaela Wright (JU Music Theatre Senior), Andrea Cristina Vilarino (JU Music Theatre Sophomore), Alycia Roselli (JU Dance Senior), Savanna Leigh (JU Dance Junior), Alana Fautley (JU Dance Junior), Jackson Kettell (JU Dance Senior), Kathryn Pitre (JU Dance Junior), Brooke Austin (JU Dance Junior).
“Spring Awakening” is directed by former Flagler College adjunct instructor Joe Kemper (who also directed Flagler College’s award-winning production of “The Maids” this past fall) and Music Directed by JU Associate Professor of Voice, Opera and Music Theatre Kimberly Beasley. Technical Direction is by JU Technical Director Brandon Lettow. Choreography is by JU Music Theatre Senior Victoria Miller, who will appear next as Mona in JU’s spring musical “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas.” Assistant Director is JU Sophomore Music Theatre major Kelly Wolfe, and Stage Manager is JU Junior Emilee Estep. Lighting Design is by JU Theatre Senior Charly Adams and Assistant Stage Managers are JU’s Austin Kelm and Flagler College’s Katie Suddard.
The winner 8 Tony Awards, “Spring Awakening” premiered on Broadway in 2006, and featured then—unknowns Lea Michele, Jonathan Groff and Skylar Astin (as Wendla, Melchior and Georg, respectively). It ran for 859 performances and won Tonys for Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical, Best Original Score, Best Direction, and Best Featured Actor, among others. In 2015, it enjoyed a short-lived but critically-lauded revival co-produced by Deaf West Theatre and featuring a cast of both hearing and non-hearing actors.
“Spring Awakening” will be performed at 8 p.m. Jan. 19-22 and 3 p.m. Jan. 22 in Swisher Theater, Jacksonville University, 2800 University Boulevard North, in Jacksonville. General Admission tickets are $15 for adults; $10 for students/military/senior; and $5 children under 12. Tickets are available at JUtickets.com.
“Spring Awakening” contains adult language, adult themes, sexuality, violence, brief nudity and is not suitable for younger audience members.