Creative Arts

Western Oregon University to present the Tony Award-winning sensation “Spring Awakening”

Spring AwakeningWestern Oregon University’s Department of Theater and Dance invites you to experience the rock musical, Spring Awakening, with music by Duncan Sheik and a book and lyrics by Steven Sater. Performances will be held Friday, Feb. 28, Saturday, March 1, and Wednesday, March 5 through Saturday, March 8 at 7:30 p.m. in Rice Auditorium. A midnight performance will be held on Friday, March 7.

Winner of eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Spring Awakening is a rock musical adaptation of Frank Wedekind’s 1891 expressionist play about the trials and tribulations, and the exhilaration of the teen years. It’s Germany, 1891. The beautiful young Wendla explores her body and asks her mother where babies come from. Elsewhere, the brilliant and fearless young Melchior defends his buddy Moritz—a boy so traumatized by puberty he can’t concentrate on anything. One afternoon in the woods, Wendla and Melchior discover a desire unlike anything they’ve ever felt. Spring Awakening explores the confusion and desperation that ensue when the onrushing tide of hormones meets the ignorance of children. Spring Awakening celebrates the unforgettable journey from youth to adulthood with a power, poignancy, and passion that you will never forget.

Directed by WOU professor Michael Phillips, with musical direction by emeritus faculty Solveig Holmquist and choreography by professor Darryl Thomas, the play will feature period costumes, modern dance and a driving rock score. The ensemble cast of thirteen will include Luke Armstong (Lebanon, Ore.) as Melchior and Amanda Norman (Tacoma, Wash.) as Wendla. Other cast members include Feliciano Tencos-Garcia (Cornelius, Ore.), Jeff Presser (Monmouth, Ore.), Laura Killip (Corvallis, Ore.), and Zach Warner (Gresham, Ore.), as well as many others.

This play contains adult language and brief nudity which are not appropriate for a younger audience. Tickets for Spring Awakening can be purchased at the Rice Auditorium box office by calling 503-838-8462. Box Office hours are Monday through Friday from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Interview contact:
Michael Phillips, Department of Theatre/Dance
503-319-3924 or

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