Haunting and hard core: production explores teen angst

The boys of "Spring Awakening"
The boys of "Spring Awakening"
The girls of "Spring Awakening"
The girls of "Spring Awakening"
"Spring Awakening"
"Spring Awakening"
"Spring Awakening"
"Spring Awakening"
"Spring Awakening"
"Spring Awakening"

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - It made quite an impression when it debuted in New York, and now City Stage has brought one of the hottest musicals in recent years to Wilmington.

Spring Awakening is based on a German play written in the 1890s.  It won eight Tony awards in 2007, including Best Musical.  Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater wrote the music.

The show follows a group of late 19th century teenagers as they journey from adolescence into adulthood.

"[It's] that age where you don't really know what everything's about," said actress Morganna Bridgers.

And the adults in this production do not help them understand what's going on with their bodies.

"[There are] overpowering parents and teachers who won't tell kids what is really going on in life," said Bridgers.

That means they're left to discover some very adult things, such as abortion and homosexuality, on their own.

"It's a really raw show about a lot of really honest emotions," said director Carson Capps. "It's some heavy material, but we handle it very delicately. It's still really, really relevant to today's youth, and I think there's something in it that everybody can really relate to."

That something is more often than not the haunting and sometimes hard core music.

"It's got a huge following because the music is insane, and it's so good," said Capps.  "I saw the show in New York just before it opened, and you just knew when you were sitting there in the audience that it was part of something really, really special."

"The rock music set in the period, the idea of it is a little off-putting, but in practice there's nothing better than rock music to describe that teenage angst," said Bridgers.

Spring Awakening

  • March 2-4, 9-11
  • 8:00pm
  • City Stage at Level 5
  • Children under the age of 17 must be accompanied by an adult

For tickets, call (910) 264-2602 or click here.

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