Penn State Altoona presents 'Spring Awakening'

Penn State Altoona will present the rock musical "Spring Awakening" on April 4 to 7, in the Wolf Kuhn Theatre of the Misciagna Family Center for Performing Arts. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Thursday to Saturday with a 2 p.m. matinee on Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are $5 for students and $7 general admission.

"Spring Awakening," winner of eight Tony Awards including Best Musical, is inspired by Frank Wedekind's controversial 1891 play "Spring’s Awakening – A Tragedy of Childhood," which caused a scandal in 19th-century Germany and took 50 years to be translated into English. This poignant story follows a group of teenagers as they navigate the confusing and often troubled waters of their budding sexuality. An acclaimed score by Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater turns this timeless story into a powerfully modern coming-of-age rock musical.

Directed by Bryce Britton, musically directed by Bonnie Cutsforth-Huber, and choreographed by KT Huckabee, this show features a powerful ensemble of 15 performers and a rich seven-piece orchestra conducted by Brett Keith. Costumes are designed by Julie Piotti, sets by Carlos Ruiz, lights by Brittany Thaler and sound by Gregory Ray.

This production is entered as a Participating Entry with the Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival (KC/ACTF), which recognizes excellence in college and university theater throughout the nation. Penn State Altoona’s theater program is highly decorated in achievements from KC/ACTF. Several student actors and crew on Spring Awakening have been awarded Certificates of Merit and have been nominated to compete for national acting scholarships. Several of the college’s past productions have been presented at KC/ACTF's regional festival.

Tickets for "Spring Awakening" may be purchased at the box office from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday to Thursday, and before and during all performances. For more information, call 814-949-5452.

Last Updated April 02, 2013