SPRING AWAKENING runs July 29th-August 1st & August 5th-August 8th at Cincinnati Actor’s Studio & Academy
Join CASA on this journey as we explore the importance of taking teenagers seriously in a world that demands so much from them.
Cincinnati, OH – July 19, 2021
What is at risk when we fail to communicate?
The award-winning musical “Spring Awakening” is a rock musical with music by Duncan Sheik and a book and lyrics by Steven Sater. It is based on the 1891 German play Spring Awakening by Frank Wedekind, whose work, which often criticizes bourgeois attitudes (particularly towards sex), is considered to anticipate expressionism and was influential in the development of theatre of the absurd. Wedekind was also a life-long guitar player and surely would have been a rock star today. Hence, the 21st-century musical blends the 19th-century play with an alternative rock score.
Ticket and Production Details
Performances will be on Thursday, July 29th – Sunday, August 1st, & Thursday, August 5th – Sunday, August 8th all at 7:30 pm. All performances will be at Essex Studios (2511 Essex Place, Studio 282B, Cincinnati, OH 45206.
Tickets are $15 for students/seniors and $20 for adults and can be purchased online https://casastudio.booktix.com or at the door.
SPRING AWAKENING has a warning for mature content. Masks are REQUIRED for the audience OR proof of vaccination at the box office. The cast is fully vaccinated and will be performing without masks.
*Presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International*
- Director/Choreographer: Gina Cerimele-Mechley
- Assistant Director: Meg Roulier
- Stage Manager: Jess Cooper
- Assistant Choreographer: Cecilia Gries
- Music Director: Joseph Ivan
- Vocal Coach: Kate Stuard
- Mask Coach: Cheryl Couch
- Assistant to Mask Coach: Aidan McCracken
- Scenic Artist: Sara Detwiler
- Social Media: Sara Detwiler
- Dramaturg: Sarah Dykhuizen
- Costumer: Julie Simmons
- LIVE Videographer: Lorelai Goodwin
- Videographer Coach: Evan Holzman
- Sound Design/Board Op: Mickey Masterson
- All Adult Women: Alaska Stoughton
- All Adult Men: Justin Huddilston
- Anna: Frankie Montazemi
- Ernst: Alex Simpson
- Georg: Ethan Baker
- Hanschen: Worley Stidham
- Ilse: Maddi O’Connell
- Martha: Chloe Price
- Melchior: Alex Pletikapich
- Moritz: Nick Swope
- Otto: Jason Coffenberry
- Thea: Claire Adams
- Wendla: Cassandra Reeves
- Ensemble: Dani Underdown, Bryn Studer, Connor Williamson, Elliet Malatesta, Kayamarie Roll, Sabrina Mack, James Pinkley, Sean Britton, Grace Davis
SCHOOLS BEING REPRESENTED IN THE CAST AND CREW: NKU, TAYLOR HS, SCAD, MIAMI UNIVERSITY, BALDWIN WALLACE, OHIO UNIVERSITY, MARYMOUNT MANHATTAN UNIVERSITY, BALL STATE UNIVERSITY, SIENNA COLLEGE, CCM ACTING-UNIVERSITY OF CINCINNATI, GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY, TURPIN HS, COLUMBIA COLLEGE CHICAGO, LOVELAND HS
“Set in late 19th-century Germany, the musical and the play tell the story of teenagers discovering the inner and outer tumult of adolescent sexuality, and the brutality and hypocrisy of the adults in their world, both of which are unfortunately timeless themes. Frank Wedekind takes the position that an entire society is destroying the children it claims to love. In the end, the only thing that really matters to teenagers is that they are taken seriously. The key to that is communication: healthy communication between teens and adults, and listening to the past and to “those you’ve known and lost” all the while looking ahead to the future. Failure in communication is always the catalyst for the tragedy in the story. These messages of the play often get overlooked in the musical due to the spectacles of ecstasy and obscenity. CASA explores returning to the ghostly roots of the play, and the heart of comedy, tragedy, and vulnerability it expresses.
As usual, CASA has set the production up with the audience as a part of the action, as we want you to enter the story, not the theatre. As always, we hope to create dialogue to create change. A portion of the proceeds from this run will be donated to Lighthouse Youth and Family Services.” — Gina Cerimele-Mechley, director