ABERDEEN, S.D. – NSU Theater
presents the exciting
and provocative Tony Award-winning musical “Spring Awakening,” written by Steven Slater and Duncan Sheik.
Performances will be 7:30 p.m. April 10-13 on the Johnson Fine Arts Center black box stage.
This powerful pop-rock musical adaptation of Frank Wedekind's 1891 play explores the unforgettable excitement, desolation and perplexity of adolescence. In a small German town, Wendla is about to become an aunt for the second time and still doesn’t know where babies come from. The brilliant Melchior defends his friend Moritz, a boy so confused and traumatized by puberty he cannot function. One afternoon in a hayloft, Wendla and Melchior discover a desire unlike anything they’ve ever felt.
NSU Theater’s production features Katie Wegleitner (Lake City) as Wendla, Paul Hoselton (Fargo, N.D.) as Melchior and Eli Corbett (Deadwood) as Moritz. The other boys will be Ben Villa (Rapid City) as George, Brandon Sieck (Onida) as Hanschen, Max Chamberlain (Huron) as Ernst and Nathaniel Bruce Wilson (Kimball) as Otto. The other girls will be Emily Davis (Aberdeen) as Martha, Larissa Buchholz (Tripp) as Ilse, Kaitlin Buchholz (Tripp) as Thea and Natalie Allcock (Britton) as Anna. All the adult men and women are played by two actors: Heather Kelsey (South St. Paul, Minn.) and Kevin Nilson (Webster).
The production is directed and staged by NSU Director of Theater Daniel Yurgaitis, with vocal and music direction provided by Mary Marion, assisted by NSU music faculty members Michael Skyles and Robert Vodnoy. Graduate student Kate Jedeluk (Chicago, Ill.) is orchestra personnel manager.
NSU student and Assistant Director Seth M. Honerman (Sioux Falls) is assisting NSU scenic design professor Joshua John Frachiseur in creating the set. NSU Technical Director Tina Hanagan is designing the lighting and sound and NSU adjunct faculty member Nicole Frachiseur is designing the costumes. Student Kirk Bender (Aberdeen) is stage manager, assisted by student Kate Jarland (Jamestown, N.D.).
Tickets go on sale for the general public on Monday, April 1, in the NSU Wolf Shoppe. Hours are 8 a.m.-4:45 p.m. Monday-Friday. Tickets are $14 for adults, and $12 for senior citizens and non-NSU students. Cash and checks only; no exchanges or refunds. Group rates are available. Tickets increase $2 at the door.
For more information, call 605-626-2563.
The production contains adult content, including language and sexual situations, and is not recommended for those under 16.
NSU Theater’s 2012-13 sponsors are the American News, Dacotah Bank and Ramada Inn.