Director Paul Mow has announced the cast and production team of the Lake Michigan College Performing Arts Department’s spring musical production of Spring Awakening, happening March 24 – 26, 2017, on the Hanson Theatre stage.
According to Paul, rehearsals have been underway since early January in preparation for the three-performance run of this winner of eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical, told by Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater. The cast and production team include:
Melchior – Jake Zapor, New Buffalo
Moritz – Josh Blair-Boger, Niles
Georg – Jason Cope, Bellevue
Hänschen – Nathan Neidlinger, Stevensville
Otto – Leo Carmody, Stevensville
Ernst – Tait Martinez, Saint Joseph
Wendla – Lauren Kunkel, Saint Joseph
Ilse – Leah Tirado, Chicago, IL
Martha – Meredith George, Benton Harbor
Thea – Lauren Tibbitts, Saint Joseph
Anna – Rebecca DePumpo, Stevensville
Male adults – Paul Stortz, Saint Joseph
Female adults – Meagan Francis, Saint Joseph
Paul Mow, Stage Director
Sam Johnson, Assistant Director
Liz Coulston, Choreographer
Joshua Goines, Music Director
Andy Sawyer, Set Designer
Matt Clark, Technical Designer
Teresa Polasek, Costume Designer
About the musical
Spring Awakening explores the journey from adolescence to adulthood with a poignancy and passion that is illuminating and unforgettable. The landmark musical is an electrifying fusion of morality, sexuality, and rock and roll that is exhilarating audiences across the nation like no other musical in years.
Originally set in Germany, 1891, in a world where the grown-ups hold all the cards. The beautiful young Wendla explores the mysteries of her body and wonders aloud where babies come from… until Mama tells her to shut it and put on a proper dress. Elsewhere, the brilliant and fearless young Melchior interrupts a mind-numbing Latin drill to defend his buddy, Moritz – a boy so traumatized by puberty that he can’t concentrate on anything… not that the Headmaster cares. He strikes them both and tells them to turn in their lesson.
One afternoon, in a private place in the woods, Melchior and Wendla meet by accident and soon find within themselves a desire unlike anything they’ve ever felt. As they fumble their way into one another’s arms, Moritz flounders and soon fails out of school. When even his one adult friend, Melchior’s mother, ignores his plea for help, he is left so distraught that he can’t hear the promise of life offered by his outcast friend, Ilse. Naturally, the Headmasters waste no time in pinning the “crime” of Moritz’s suicide on Melchior to expel him. And soon, Mama learns that her little Wendla is pregnant. Now the young lovers must struggle against all odds to build a world together for their child.
This celebration of rebellion provides the perfect opportunity to feature performers of all types, as well as the creative flexibility with the use of costumes, set pieces and lighting. Featuring a pop rock score, this is an ideal show for talented vocalists with strong acting abilities.
Tickets are on sale now through The Mendel Center Box Office at 269-927-1221 and online at www.TheMendelCenter.com. Tickets are $15, $10 for Mainstage season members, students, seniors, veterans, and active military members.