FTT presents Tony Award-winning musical Spring Awakening, April 18-22

Author: Stacey Stewart

Spring Awakening artwork

The University of Notre Dame’s Department of Film, Television, and Theatre (FTT) announces the Tony Award-winning musical Spring Awakening, with book and lyrics by Steven Sater and music by Duncan Sheik, in the Patricia George Decio Theatre at the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center, April 18-22. Based on the 1891 play by German playwright Frank Wedekind, Sater and Sheik’s alt-rock musical won eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical, in 2007. 

 

Pulsing with adolescent angst and repressed sexuality, Spring Awakening presents an oppressive culture in which youthful ignorance is cultivated and enforced by parents and institutions alike. Denied any accurate information about sex, these adolescents are forced to figure it out on their own, with disastrous results.

 

“Ultimately it’s a show about adults failing young people,” says director Matt Hawkins, “and young people being saddled with the catastrophic consequences of that failure. Kids are rarely the problem. It’s adults who are the problem.”

 

Similar sentiments have been the subject of many recent headlines, as young people have taken the lead in the national movement to curb gun violence.

 

“When we chose Spring Awakening more than a year ago, we could not have known how timely - and urgent - this choice would be,” says Director of Theatre Kevin Dreyer. “Shortly after the school shooting in Florida, our students learned that some of the Parkland students were also involved in a production of Spring Awakening, and they were instantly motivated to reach out to them with a gesture of support.”

 

FTT is supporting the students' gesture of solidarity from one cast to another by donating a portion of the box office proceeds to the #neveragain fund for Parkland students. 

 

Two weeks prior to opening, FTT will welcome composer Duncan Sheik to campus, where he will visit rehearsal and work with the cast. On Thursday, April 5 at 5:00 pm, the department will host a public conversation with Sheik in the Patricia George Decio Theatre at the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center. The event is free but tickets are required.

 

In response to the many issues surrounding this production, the department will host a pre-show panel discussion on Thursday, April 19 at 6:00 pm. No tickets are required.

 

PERFORMANCES:

Wednesday, April 18 – Saturday, April 21 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, April 21 and Sunday, April 22 at 2:30 pm

 

TICKETS: 
Student $9, Faculty/Staff/Senior (65+) $15, General $20.  MATURE CONTENT.
Additional discounts available for groups of 10 or more.  Tickets may be purchased online at http://performingarts.nd.edu, by phone at 574-631-2800, or in person at the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center ticket office. Ticket office hours are Monday­-Friday, 12:00-6:00 pm.

RELATED EVENTS:

 

A Conversation with Duncan Sheik
Thursday, April 5 at 5:00 pm
Patricia George Decio Theatre, DeBartolo Performing Arts Center
Free and open to the public; tickets required. Tickets may be reserved online at http://performingarts.nd.edu, by phone at 574-631-2800, or in person at the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center ticket office.

 

Pre-Show Panel Discussion
Thursday, April 19 at 6:00 pm
Patricia George Decio Theatre, DeBartolo Performing Arts Center
Free and open to the public; no tickets required.

 

PARKING:  Free parking is available daily after 5:00 pm in the Stayer Center parking lot, just north of the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center.  Patrons may now receive free event parking at the Eddy Street Commons Parking Garage by bringing your event tickets and parking ticket to the DPAC Ticket Office to receive a pre-paid parking voucher.

 

An accessible lot for disabled patrons is available immediately adjacent to the center; a valid hangtag or license plate is required.  There is a ten-minute parking zone on the north drive of the center for ticket pick-up; during inclement weather you are welcome to drop off guests in this area and proceed to parking.

 

Notre Dame’s Department of Film, Television, and Theatre seeks to inspire intellectual inquiry and nurture creativity. We offer both a scholarly and a creative context for the general liberal arts student at Notre Dame as well as those students seeking intensive preparation for advanced study in these fields.  The hands-on nature of our curriculum, coupled with a very high degree of student-faculty interaction, provides students with a singular educational opportunity at a university known for its teaching excellence. The FTT performance season is a direct outgrowth of the department’s academic program and an integral component of our students’ artistic development.

 

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