Theatre students bring 1906 play to Johnson stage

Photo courtesy of the Spring Awakening production Facebook pagePhoto courtesy of the Spring Awakening production Facebook page

After last week’s comedy “Things my Mother Taught Me”, Winthrop was treated to another performance with Frank Wedekind’s original drama “Spring Awakening” inspired the musical.

Spring Awakening chronicles puberty, sexuality, child abuse, abortion and homosexuality in several teenage lives. The cast consists of 13 students portraying 23 characters with only 9 crew members on stage.

James Chrismon, director of this performance, calls this show a coming of age story for teenagers and how they maneuver in their world.

“It’s about teenagers learning how to maneuver all the sexual awakenings and the whole process of growing up and learning that mom and dad hasn’t taught them everything they need to know” Chrismon said.

He chose to direct this play because of his past experience with the musical version of the play.

“I directed the musical version of this play several years ago and always wanted to direct the play the musical is based on. I thinks it’s a timely play, lot of the issues discussed back then are still relevant now,” Chrismon said.

Neifert Cornejo-Ordonez, musical theater major who portrays George/Herr Stiefel/ Gaston, said that he is most proud of the unity of the cast on this show.

“The collaboration between everyone, we’re all on the stage all at the same time so we have to all work together and not break our focus,” Cornejo-Ordonez said. “In between the scenes, we have to help each other with the costumes in the show, so that is always something I am most proud of.”

Showtimes are 8 p.m. on October 7, 8 p.m. on October 8 and 2 p.m. on October 9 in Johnson Theatre. Make sure to come out and support the theatre department. Tickets are $8 with your Winthrop ID.

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