Teens Take on the Multiple Tony Award-winning, Coming-of-Age Musical at the Stella Adler Theatre in Hollywood.
A teen-helmed production of the Tony Award-winning rock musical, Spring Awakening, is set to open at the Stella Adler Theatre in Hollywood on May 11, 2019. Directed by 14-year-old wunderkind George Baron, (whose directorial debut for the stage was his jukebox-styled Broadway musical revue I Confess at the Whitefire Theatre), the cast also features up-and-coming young talents performing in the adolescent roles with musical direction by Estani Frizzell. The musical is based on Frank Wedekind’s 1891 controversial play about teenagers trying to find their way in the world amid the angst of sexual discovery. Featuring music by Duncan Sheik and book and lyrics by Steven Sater, the original Broadway production received eight Tony Awards including Best Musical and was hailed by the New York Drama Critics Circle, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle as the Best Musical of the Year.
A theatre-lover from an early age, director George Baron tackles one of the most electrifying musicals that typifies the challenges of teenage rebellion, identity and morality. His decision to stage Spring Awakening grew from his appreciation for the music, but also the message underpinning the story about young people breaking free from authority and finding their individual voice. In this vein, Baron has embraced the youth-driven play by mounting a professional production with a cast similar in age as their characters. For Baron, directing teenagers playing themselves lends the musical an unmatched authenticity that he hopes strikes a chord with audiences and sends a powerful message for young artists eager to cut their teeth and grow from the experience.
“The message [in Spring Awakening] is so important in our ever-changing world. It’s also relevant as to what teenagers go through. Since 2017, I wanted to be in this as an actor but my focus shifted. There aren’t many opportunities for young people to direct or produce a musical. My goal is that I want the audiences to feel all the feels. It’s interesting to see what everyone connects to.”
Presenter / Producer: KYDDalton Productions
Theater > Musicals
Event Phone: 818-631-0232
Stella Adler Theatre
6773 Hollywood Blvd.
Hollywood CA 90028
LA - Hollywood / Westside
Performance Dates: 5/11/2019 - 5/18/2019
Saturdays @ 2 p.m. & 8 p.m.
Sunday @ 2 p.m.
Friday @ 8 p.m.
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