By Myles Goldman
There’s been an awakening in the Post Theatre Company as LIU Post students prepare to perform Frank Wedekind’s “Spring Awakening,” directed by Stephen Davis, a professor at Saint Lawrence College.
Although the adapted version of “Spring Awakening” by Duncan Sheik includes mainly rock music, the LIU Post version “will be a more expressionistic, whimsical acoustic version of the show. It is ours,” Davis said. “The elements the show explores will be greatly devised by the cast, making most of the work completely original. This entire process has been a team effort. Every voice is heard, and every idea is explored. It’s a very exciting way to create a piece.”
“‘Spring Awakening” is a story of relationships between parents and children, and how society affects the growth of youth,” Ervin Gonzalez, a senior musical theatre major at LIU Post, said. The musical explores the concepts of sexual awakening, rebellion and self-discovery as teenagers come of age in a repressive society.
“We all get along very well,” Christina Kroell, senior musical theatre and film major, said. “The production team created a very open and honest space for us to work in.”
“Spring Awakening” will run Nov. 10-12 and 16-19 in the Little Theatre Mainstage. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. with 3 p.m. Sunday matinees. Tickets are $15 for general admission, $12 for seniors and $10 for students, and can be purchased at the Little Theatre box office on the LIU Post campus, 720 Northern Blvd. in Brookville, or online at www.tix55.com/ptc700.
This article was originally published in the Pioneer, LIU Post’s award-winning student newspaper, www.liupostpioneer.com. The article is republished by Blank Slate Media with the permission of the Pioneer.