Penn State Centre Stage to present 'Spring Awakening'

October 27, 2014

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Penn State Centre Stage will present Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater’s Tony Award-Winning musical, "Spring Awakening," Nov. 4 to 18 in the Pavilion Theatre. Directed by Cary Libkin, "Spring Awakening" is an electrifying fusion or morality, sexuality and rock 'n' roll music that explores the journey from adolescence to adulthood with poignancy and passion.

Note: This show includes profanity and mature subject matter that may be objectionable to some audience members.

Based on the controversial German play "Spring Awakening" (1891) by Frank Wedekind, the folk-infused rock musical tells the story of teenagers discovering the internal and external tumult of sexuality. Following its conception in the late 1990s and various workshops, concerts, rewrites and its Off-Broadway debut, the original Broadway production of "Spring Awakening" opened in 2006, winning eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Direction, Book, Score and Featured Actor. The production also garnered four Drama Desk Awards and its original cast album received a Grammy Award.

“I feel so fortunate to be directing the musical, 'Spring Awakening,' for Penn State Centre Stage” said Cary Libkin, head of Penn State’s bachelor of fine arts degree in musical theater and musical theater programs. “Based on the play of the same name written in 1891, both versions are controversial, provocative and immensely entertaining. Set in Penn State’s Pavilion Theatre, this intimate staging of 'Spring Awakening' will offer a unique reimagining of the Broadway hit.”

For additional show information, visit www.theatre.psu.edu. Tickets are available at Penn State Tickets Downtown, Eisenhower Box Office, Bryce Jordan Center or by calling 814-863-0255 or 800-ARTS-TIX. 

Penn State Centre Stage is the professional arm of the Penn State School of Theatre and serves as a training program for emerging theater professionals. One of Centre Stage's unique attributes is that it creates collaborations between established industry professionals and theater students from Penn State and other colleges and universities. Each Center State production is created from conception to completion at Penn State using skills mastered and taught by its acclaimed theater faculty. As a result, Penn State is one of the top ranked universities in the country for its theater training programs.

Last Updated October 28, 2014