'Spring Awakening' presented in Canton Nov. 7-9
Monday, November 5, 2018 - 2:30 pm

St. Lawrence University actors pose during a dress rehearsal. Submitted photo from SLU by Jennifer Thomas.

CANTON -- The musical, “Spring Awakening,” will be performed on St. Lawrence University’s Gulick Theatre stage at 8 p.m., Wednesday through Friday, Nov. 7, 8 and 9.

Other performances are planned at 2 and 8 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 10, and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 11.

The event is free and open to the public, however tickets are required.

The show will also be presenting adult subject matter.

Based on the original play by Frank Wedekind, the book and lyrics were written by Steven Sater with music scored by Duncan Sheik.

Wedekind’s script was written in 1991, and “Spring Awakening” appeared on Broadway in 2006, winning nine Tony Awards including Best Musical.

Jennifer Thomas, associate professor of performance and communication arts and director of this semester’s MainStage Production, describes “Spring Awakening” as a “journey from adolescence to adulthood with a poignancy and passion that is illuminating and unforgettable.”

“The musical follows a group of late 19th century German students, as they navigate teenage self-discovery and coming of age anxiety in a powerful celebration of youth and rebellion,” Thomas said.

“Even a century later the book’s focus of morality and sexuality issues still rings true today.”

The cast includes Matthew Bitzer ’19 of Saratoga Springs; Anna Elston ’20 of Chatham, New Jersey; Kiersten Larrabee ’20 of Canton; Breana Griffin ’19 of Constable; Chandler Turpin ’19 of Ashburn, Virginia; Aminata Sillah ’22 of Bronx; Brenden Bready ’22 of Highland; Quinn Audsley ’19 of Corfu; Justin Boyce ’22 of Rochester, New Hampshire; Alex Cohen ’22 of Summit, New Jersey; Emily Brisson ’22 of Baldwinsville; Alex Hutcherson ’20 of Oakland, New Jersey; Brianna Larrabee ’22 of Canton; Mikayla McLean ’20 of Schenectady; Hamidou Sylla ’21 of Bronx; Nicole Hamilton ’19 of Castle Rock, Colorado; Suzanne Rickard ’22 of Sunapee, New Hampshire; Giovanni Amaro ’22 of Bronx; and, Devin Guilfoyle ’19 of Schenectady.

This year’s MainStage production received support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation’s grant to support public health at St. Lawrence.

The grant supports the University’s public health minor and looks to encourage students to explore health and healthcare issues through the arts and humanities.

Thomas selected this play specifically for the public health issues it addresses.

“The play aligns perfectly to public health issues around the globe; whether this is youth suicide, depression, consent, sexual identity, sexual orientation, and parental abuse, abortion and teen pregnancy. There are many issues in this show and explore the complicated narratives of youth in our society,” Thomas explained.

“I want to bring these moments to the surface and give the campus the chance to dig into hard conversations and practice talking about the public health issues that students face every day.”

Thomas said she wants to give students the opportunity “to challenge real world conversations and bring awareness instead of elements of shame to the discussion.”

She also looks to give sexual health a more meaningful place on campus and give St. Lawrence the chance to have “more fruitful conversations about tough topics.”

For more information or to reserve tickets, visit the Department of Performance and Communication Arts at www.stlawu.edu/pca or call 315-229-5166.