'Spring Awakening' Jack Hinz Designs


Spring Awakening

Every Thu., Fri., and Sat. from June 7-29
7:30 p.m.
Every Sun. from June 9-30
2 p.m.
June 10
7:30 p.m.

Spring Awakening was an immediate hit with critics and audiences when it debuted in 2006, and continues to be frequently staged even amid the teen-oriented musicals produced in its wake. The work stands apart from other Broadway treatments of teen angst thanks to its rock-infused score by Duncan Sheik and coming-of-age book by Steven Sater (reworking a German play from 1891) with moving depictions of love, loss, and heartache. Set in a German town in the late 19th century, Spring Awakening follows a group of alienated youths struggling to cope with arising passions that none fully comprehend. With the subject of sexuality all but verboten, the teens rely on rumored half-truths and information gleaned from furtively read books. Proving even more complex than physical intimacy, however, are the emotional consequences faced by the musical’s two central figures, Wendla and Melcher, impassioned young lovers with little social support or parental guidance. Such relatable dilemmas transcend the period setting and spark a touching universality, facets certain to be showcased in this Chameleon staging under the ever-inventive oversight of Minnesota Fringe’s artistic director, Jay Gilman.