Theatre season concludes with musical Spring Awakening

Posted on: March 21, 2018

Bradley and Kamtman in Spring Awakening

Eli Bradley (’18) and Michael Kamtman star in the Wake Forest Theatre production of Spring Awakening, opening on the Tedford Stage on April 6. The pose for a promotional photo in the library on Tuesday, March 20, 2018.

The Wake Forest University Theatre will close its season with the Tony, Drama Desk, and Grammy award-winning rock musical Spring Awakening by Steven Sater and Duncan Sheik, which will be directed by the Professor of Theatre Sharon Andrews.

Can suppression of natural and innocent adolescent sexuality end in tragedy? Frank Wedekind’s late 19th century play Spring’s Awakening: A Children’s Tragedy renders a heart wrenching yes!  Can sexual urges and forced ignorance blaze their way through rock music? Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater’s 21st century musical adaptation of Wedekind’s play delivers a heart pounding yes! But, inside this deeply moving rock musical can also be found wonderful humor and profound beauty.

Scenic Designer is Dahlia Al-Habieli, Teacher-Scholar Postgraduate Fellow in Theatre.  Lighting Designer is Associate Professor of Theatre, Rob Eastman-Mullins.  Costumes are designed by Tyler Wilson, Supervisor of the Costume Shop.  WFU Alumni Natalie Cordone is the Vocal Coach and Alexandra Beller is the Choreographer.  Current students Madeleine Ashe is stage managing, and Cheyenne Zuck is sound engineering.  Clay Hamilton is Co-Music Director along with David Hagy.  The cast consists of students Abby Bowman, Eli Bradley, Caleb Cabiness, Matt Crawford, Whitaker Gannon, Alejo Goenaga, Anna Hibbert, Will Hornbeck, Justin Kelly, Caroline LeDuc, Sierra Leslie, Ria Matheson, Alex Nedvidek, Thomas Poston, and Tori Spong.  Leah Roy, Associate Teaching Professor of Theatre, and Michael Kamtman, Assistant Teaching Professor of Theatre, round out the cast.  Senior Stephanie Moore is the Assistant Director, and Dramaturg is J.K. Curry, Associate Professor of Theatre.

Cabiness and Hibbert in Spring Awakening

Caleb Cabiness and Anna Hibbert star in the Wake Forest Theatre production of Spring Awakening, opening on the Tedford Stage on April 6. The pose for a promotional photo on campus on Tuesday, March 20, 2018.

Following the performance on Saturday, April 7, one of the creators of the production – composer Duncan Sheik – will lead a discussion with the audience about issues raised in the musical.  Sheik is a multi-award winning American singer-songwriter and composer. He won the 2008 Grammy Award for Best Musical Show Album Spring Awakening and 2007 Tony Awards for Best Orchestration and Best Original Score for Spring Awakening. His hit single “Barely Breathing” was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance. In 2002, he composed the music for the New York Shakespeare Festival production of Twelfth Night.

A staged reading of Frank Wedekind’s Spring’s Awakening: A Children’s Tragedy will be held on Saturday, April 14 at 2:00 PM in the Ring Theatre of the Scales Fine Arts Center.  The reading will be free and open to the public.

Performances are April 6-7 & 12-14 at 7:30 PM and April 8 & 15 at 2:00 PM on the Tedford Stage of the Scales Fine Arts Center.  Tickets are $15 adults, $12 senior citizens, and $7 students (price includes sales tax).  For tickets or information, call the Theatre Box Office at (336) 758-5295 or purchase online at  The Box Office is open Tuesday-Friday from 1-5 PM and one hour prior to curtain on performance days.