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Spring Awakening

  • The set of Spring Awakening, designed by John Leslie '19.
    The set of Spring Awakening, designed by John Leslie '19.
  • The set of Spring Awakening, designed by John Leslie '19.
    The set of Spring Awakening, designed by John Leslie '19.
  • The set of Spring Awakening, designed by John Leslie '19.
    The set of Spring Awakening, designed by John Leslie '19.
  • Men's costume racks backstage.
    Men's costume racks backstage.
  • Women's costume racks backstage.
    Women's costume racks backstage.
  • Mrs. Gabor's tea set.
    Mrs. Gabor's tea set.
  • Victoria Gill '21 and Iz Clemens '19 as Wendla Bergmann and her mother.
    Victoria Gill '21 and Iz Clemens '19 as Wendla Bergmann and her mother.
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  • Iz Clemens '19, as Martha, collapsed on the ground.
    Iz Clemens '19, as Martha, collapsed on the ground.
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  • Kelly Young '20 and Victoria Gill '21 as Thea and Wendla.
    Kelly Young '20 and Victoria Gill '21 as Thea and Wendla.
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  • Victoria Gill '21 and Nate Krimmel '18 as Wendla Bergmann and Melchior Gabor, in the forest.
    Victoria Gill '21 and Nate Krimmel '18 as Wendla Bergmann and Melchior Gabor, in the forest.
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  • Olivia Libowitz '18, Regina Bothwell '20, and Nate Krimmel '18 as Moritz Stiefel, Mrs. Gabor, and her son Melchior.
    Olivia Libowitz '18, Regina Bothwell '20, and Nate Krimmel '18 as Moritz Stiefel, Mrs. Gabor, and her son Melchior.
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  • Roswell Wells '18 as Hansy, professing his desire for Desdemona.
    Roswell Wells '18 as Hansy, professing his desire for Desdemona.
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  • The boys, hanging out after class.
    The boys, hanging out after class.
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  • Victoria Gill '21, as Wendla Bergmann, horrified.
    Victoria Gill '21, as Wendla Bergmann, horrified.
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  • Margaret Giblin '21, as Ilse, speaking to Moritz.
    Margaret Giblin '21, as Ilse, speaking to Moritz.
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  • Olivia Libowitz '18, as Moritz, about to commit suicide.
    Olivia Libowitz '18, as Moritz, about to commit suicide.
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  • School teachers about to punish Melchior for the distribution of his informational pamphlets.
    School teachers about to punish Melchior for the distribution of his informational pamphlets.
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  • Moritz's funeral.
    Moritz's funeral.
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  • The boys at Moritz's funeral.
    The boys at Moritz's funeral.
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  • Regina Bothwell '20 and Danny Palmatary '21 as Mrs. and Mr. Gabor, arguing about their son's actions.
    Regina Bothwell '20 and Danny Palmatary '21 as Mrs. and Mr. Gabor, arguing about their son's actions.
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  • Victoria Gill '21, as Wendla Bergmann, is comforted by Kelly Young '20, as her sister Ina.
    Victoria Gill '21, as Wendla Bergmann, is comforted by Kelly Young '20, as her sister Ina.
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  • Nate Krimmel '18, as Melchior, at the reformatory school.
    Nate Krimmel '18, as Melchior, at the reformatory school.
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  • Nate Krimmel '18, as Melchior, before Wendla's grave.
    Nate Krimmel '18, as Melchior, before Wendla's grave.
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  • Olivia Libowitz '18, as the ghost of Moritz, talking to Melchior.
    Olivia Libowitz '18, as the ghost of Moritz, talking to Melchior.
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  • Margaret Giblin '21, as the Masked Man, speaking to Melchior.
    Margaret Giblin '21, as the Masked Man, speaking to Melchior.
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  • Olivia Libowitz '18, as Moritz, contemplating his death and consequent ghostly existence.
    Olivia Libowitz '18, as Moritz, contemplating his death and consequent ghostly existence.
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  • The cast and director, Rosie Alger '18, of Spring Awakening.
    The cast and director, Rosie Alger '18, of Spring Awakening.
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  • The cast and crew of Spring Awakening are greeted by their friends and family following the first performance.
    The cast and crew of Spring Awakening are greeted by their friends and family following the first performance.
November 10, 2017
Rosie Alger’s Senior Directing Thesis, written by Franz Wedekind, translated by Jonathan Franzen

            Rosie Alger’s senior Directing Thesis, Spring Awakening by Franz Wedekind, translated by Jonathan Franzen, opened in Tawes Theatre and ran for two days. Spring Awakening follows children living in a repressive German town as they enter puberty. Wendla, Melchior, and Moritz navigate this new emotional, sexual, and psychological field without guidance. Focused largely on sexual violence and mental illness in children, Spring Awakening is both an exploratory and cautionary tale about the consequences of irresponsibly silent adults. 

              Alger saw the Deaf West – a company featuring actors that are hard of hearing or deaf – Broadway production of the Spring Awakening musical before reading the play. “It was one of the most beautiful theatre experiences,“ Alger said, “This show incorporated sign language, and it was this … very layered production about where people fail to reach each other.” After reading Wedekind’s Spring Awakening, she discovered, “The play deals with those same issues of sexual violence and mental health in a more raw, intense way, which I thought was important.” Alger debated several plays for her thesis, but decided on Spring Awakening “because it doesn’t give you all the answers, and … there’s no really obvious good guy or bad guy. …. I really wanted to have a conversation about where … this [violent] behavior come[s] from.”

              Alger said the process of bringing the show to life “was really fun. It’s such a heavy show, I tried to make the process as fun as I could.” She was ultimately pleased with the production, and said, “it went really, really well. … I’m so proud of everyone … To me, it was just so evident how much everyone deeply cared about the story and deeply cared about the characters, and that was really cool to see.”

              Audience-member Emma Hoey ’19 said, “Spring Awakening was a powerful and eye-opening experience. I was really happy with Rosie’s decision to stage this play because the text is enduringly relevant in the way it speaks to issues such as sexual repression. I love to see my peers making art that matters.”

 

Cast List

Wendla Bergmann – Victoria Gill ’21

Melchior Gabor – Nate Krimmel ’18

Moritz Stiefel – Olivia Libowtiz ’18

Ilse, Masked Man – Margaret Giblin ’21

Thea, Otto, Ina Muller, Prof. Shmalz – Kelly Young ’20

Martha, Mrs. Bergman, Prof. Starver – Iz Clemens ’19  

Ernst, Mr. Gabor, Prof. Fitztongue – Daniel Palmatary ’21

Hansy, Diethelm, Prof. Blodgett – Roswell Wells ’18

George Zirschnitz, Ziegenmelker, Dr. Procrustes – Spencer Russell ’19  

Robert, Reinhold, Prof. Killaflye – Adam Aschcraft ’20

Lammermeier, Helmuth, Probst – Barbara McGuigan ’19

Headmaster Hart-Payne, Gaston – Jackie Glenn ’19

Ms. Stiefel, Rupert, Dr. Seltzer – Will Rotsch ’21  

Mrs. Gabor, Prof. Brockenbohn – Regina Bothwell ’20

Rev. Bleekhead, Fetch, Locksmith – Samina Soin-Voshell ’20

 

Creative Team

Director – Rosie Alger ’18

Dramaturg – Cassy Sottile ’20

Scenic Designer – John Leslie ’19

Costume Designer – Lilly King ’18

Light Designer – Brian Klose ’17

Sound Designer – Heidi Butler ’18

Props Masters – Jackie Dulaff ’20, Katie Peacock ’19  

 

Managers and Crew

Stage Manager – Rachel Williams ’19

Assistant Stage Manager – Rachel Treglia ’19

Light Board Operator – Patrick Salerno ’21

Sound Board Operator – Mark Christie ’18

Backstage Crew – Lexy Ricketts ’20

 

Production Staff

Technical Director – Larry Stahl ’81

Production Manager – Prof. Laura Eckelman

Scene Shop Assistants – Sarah Graff ’17, Anna Gjertsen ’18, Megan Iacona ’18

Costume Shop Manager – Lilly King ’18

Prop Shop Manager – Jackie Dulaff ’20

Lighting and Sound Shop Manager – Kaitlyn Peacock ’19

Website and Social Media Manager – Mark Christie ’18

Graphic Designer – Dylan Grimes ’19

House Managers – Jackie Glenn ’19, Caitlyn Creasy ’20


Last modified on Feb. 7th at 2:46pm by Mary Sprague.