Street Theatre premieres rock musical Spring Awakening

Cast members Claire Kaputska and Caleb Marshall in Street Theatre’s Spring Awakening
photo: Christopher Bosen

Winner of eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Spring Awakening takes its inspiration from one of literature’s most controversial masterpieces—a work so daring in its depiction of teenage self-discovery, it was banned from the stage and not performed in its complete form in English for nearly 100 years.

Set in late-19th century Germany, the rock musical Spring Awakening explores the confusion and desperation that ensue when the onrushing tide of hormones meets the ignorance of children.

With an electrifying score by Duncan Sheik, alternative rock is employed as part of the folk-infused rock score. Haunting and provocative, Spring Awakening celebrates the unforgettable journey from youth to adulthood with power, poignancy, and passion.

Hailed as the ‘Best Musical of the Year’ by the New York Drama Critics Circle, the Drama Desk, the Outer Critics Circle and the Tony Awards, Spring Awakening emerged as the most talked about musical on Broadway.

“Broadway may never be the same. This brave new musical, haunting and electrifying by turns, restores the mystery and the thrill to that shattering transformation that stirs in all of our souls” — Charles Isherwood of The New York Times.

“The most explosive new musical since Rent!” — Michael Sommers of The Star-Ledger.

The show is rated ‘R’ for mature themes, sexual situations and strong language.

Spring Awakening is directed by Martha Wilkinson (artistic director at Chaffin’s Barn Dinner Theatre), with musical direction by Rollie Mains and choreography by Holly Shepherd.

The production’s cast includes: Claire Kaputska, Caleb Marshall, Ryan Garrett, Kacie Phillips, Piper Jones, Christian Redden and many more young talents from the Nashville area. Street Theatre Company is supported by the Metro Nashville Arts Commission and the Tennessee Arts Commission.

Spring Awakening runs May 10 through 26. Tickets are $18 for adults and $16 for students and seniors, and group rates are available. For specific show information and to purchase tickets, visit www.streettheatrecompany.org. Performances are at Street Theatre, 1933 Elm Hill Pike, just off Briley Parkway. For more information, call 615-554-7414.

Street Theatre Company is a non-profit arts organization dedicated to fostering professional, affordable and accessible theatre, music and arts education in Nashville. Founded in 2004, the organization produces high quality performances and educational workshops, and provides artistic opportunities for young people. For more information, visit www.streettheatrecompany.org. You may also e-mail cathy@streettheatrecompany.org

Tennessee Women’s Theatre’s Showcase now through Sunday, May 19

Schedule of shows and events:

• May 3, 7:30 pm — Theatre: The first workshop reading of a new play commissioned by TWTP. A documentary theatre work by local playwrights Christine Mather and Sara Sharpe, Voices of Nashville: Immigration and Community explores Nashville’s immigration experience from the point of view of new Americans. There will be a post-performance discussion.

• May 4, 7:30 pm — Theatre: Reading of a full-length play, Found Object, by Marilyn Barner Anselmi.

• May 5, 2:30 pm — One-woman show: Lauren Braddock Havey presents her play A Journey to the Son, with music written and performed by the playwright and hit songwriter Don Henry.

• May 10, 7:30 pm — Comedy/theatre: Waiting for Pierrot: Allison Latta and Noel Williams perform a commedia dell’arte work created by Anthony Courser, Latta and Williams.

• May 11, 7:30 pm — Dance night: Performances by Chinese Arts Alliance, Heritage Dance Project, Core Project Nashville, Salsa Fierce, Husted Dance, Valerie Hackworth, Holly Cannon-Hesse, Kinetic Kristen and Reasons Contemporary Dance Ensemble

• May 12, 2:30 pm — Poetry: The Seventh Annual Mother’s Day Poetry Show includes returning poets Amy E. Hall and Patricia Alice Albrecht, essayists Sylvia Page and Karen Trotter Elley, with first-time presenters Grandma Butterfly and Kathy Halbrooks. A free rose for every mother!

• May 16, 7:30 pm — One-woman show: Staying on the Right Side of Sanity, the Diary of a Dirt Road DNA written and performed by Belynda Cleare.

• May 17, 7:30 pm — Short films and plays: Tigers, a play by four-time presenter Robyn Brooks; Just Grate, a film by Wendy Keeling; Love and Loathing in Nashvegas, a play by Tiffany Grand; I Made This, a film by Colette Divine; Conversations with my Mother, a play by Myra J. Stephens; Life on the Moon, a play by Mandy Ray-Jones and Katie’s Story, a reading by Greta McClain

• May 18, 7:30 pm — One-woman show: View from the Pews, written and performed by Clara Harris.

• May 19, 2:30 pm — Singer/Songwriters: Katy Kinard, Ginger Sands, plus others to be announced.

• Visual Arts: Works by Linda Schlanger, Rebecca Davenport and Birgit Hein will be on display for the run of the festival.