MUSKEGON — Pictured from left to right, Taylor Freed, Brandon Lemieux and Aaron Ponce are among the 12 Muskegon Community College students who will perform in Overbrook Theater’s upcoming production of the rock musical “Spring Awakening.”
Also in the show that will run Feb. 20-24 at MCC’s Overbrook Theater are students Tiffany Bartlett, Allison Boerema, Raymond Brock, Cole Halterman, Isaac Hunter, Spencer Kniat, Melanie Lamrock, Katrina Smith and Rachel Wade. Rounding out director Sheila Wahamaki’s cast is Muskegon community professional actor Paul Dickens-Jacobs.
With its book and lyrics by Steven Sater, and music by Duncan Sheik, “Spring Awakening” explores adolescent love, the trials of puberty, and friendships that young people build in the face of an uncomprehending world.
The original, 2006 Broadway production won eight Tony Awards.
“Spring Awakening” contains mature themes. A talk-back session with the actors will follow the Feb. 22 performance. It will be led by MCC counselor Seth York.
The musical is an adaptation of German playwright Frank Wedekind’s 1891 play of the same title. Wedekind’s original work has been banned and censored.
The MCC production features musical direction by Philip David DeYoung and choreography by Erin Robere.
Assisting in the show are MCC student director Stephanie Kennert, set designer Tom Harryman, lighting designer Jim Allen, costume designer Susan Eyler, sound technician Mike Council and hair designer Bill Abbott.
Performances will be 7:30 p.m. Feb. 20-23, and 3 p.m. Feb. 24.
Tickets go on sale Feb. 13 at the theater box office. They are $10 for the general public and $5 for MCC students. To reserve by phone, call (231) 777-0324.