Arcadia University Theater Presents “Spring Awakening,” Feb. 22-25

By Ryan Hiemenz | February 23, 2024
A scene from "Spring Awakening".
Photo by Daniel Kontz.

Arcadia University Theater Arts will perform “Spring Awakening,” based on the play by Frank Wedekind, from Thursday, Feb. 22, to Sunday, Feb. 25, in Spruance Art Center’s Little Theater. The production is directed by Robi Hager, a cast member in the original Broadway production, and features lyrics by Steven Sater and music by Duncan Sheik.

“It’s been such a pleasure working on Spring Awakening with such an incredible and talented group of young artists,” said Hager. “This show has been a part of my life for a long time and returning to it as a director this time has taught me how magical and important this story can be for every generation. Come see it, you don’t want to miss it!”

“Spring Awakening” is a coming-of-age musical set in 19th-century Germany. It tells the story of teenagers exploring the confusions of adolescent sexuality as well as the journey from youth into adulthood. Alternative rock and folk rock are utilized throughout the score. The original Broadway production of “Spring Awakening” won eight Tony Awards.

In the dramaturg’s note, Jonathan Shandell, DFA, co-director and associate professor of Theater Arts, writes, “Its message remains relevant to a society that is increasingly banning books from school libraries, restricting access to reproductive care, rolling back LGBTQ+ rights, and denying loving support for trans/questioning youth.”

Ticket Information
Tickets can be purchased in advance online here. All tickets include a “pay what you can” option.

A scene from "Spring Awakening".
Photo by Daniel Kontz.

About the Production

“Spring Awakening”
Based on the Play by Frank Wedekind
Book and Lyrics by Steven Sater, Music by Duncan Sheik

Directed by Robi Hager

Thursday, Feb. 22 at 8 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 23 at 8 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 24 at 2 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 24 at 8 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 25 at 2 p.m.
The Little Theater

A scene from "Spring Awakening".
Photo by Daniel Kontz.

Cast and Crew

Melchior – Aidan Corrie
Moritz – Raymond Hairston
Georg – Blake McGregor
Ernst – Micah Grundy
Hanschen – Christian Randazzo
Otto – Daniel Schorr
Swing – Ashton Appadu
Wendla – Rosa Nardo
Ilsa – Grace Carpenter
Marta – Meredith Fahringer
Thea – Becca Remelgado
Anna – Julia Sharkey
Swing – Veronica Nardo
Adult Women – Katey Wetmore
Adult Men – Casey French

Stage Manager – Peytann Tamasi 
Assistant Stage Manager – Isaiah Sassine
Assistant Stage Manager – Carly Shiffer 
Assistant Director – Michelle Teske 
Sound Board Operator – Klaudia Wrona
Sound Technician – Mia Montevirgen
Light Board Operator – Finn Irvin
Wardrobe – Gia Torres, Link Bertrand

Build Crew
Aidan Corrie
Aston Appadu
Rasheed Booker
Casey French
Mia Montevirgen
Becca Remelegado
Zay Sassine
Finn Irvin