Pomona College Theatre presents contemporary rock musical

Spring Awakening, a contemporary rock musical inspired by Franz Wedekind’s 1891 German play of the same name and portraying teenage self-discovery, will be performed at Pomona College on Thursday, November 20 and Friday, November 21 at 8 p.m.; Saturday, November 22 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.; and Sunday, November 23 at 2 p.m. in Seaver Theatre, 300 E. Bonita Ave.

The original play is often considered one of dramatic literature’s most controversial masterpieces, a work so daring in its depiction of teenage self-discovery that it was banned from the stage and not performed in its complete form in English for nearly 100 years.

These same incendiary qualities are very much in evidence in the musical, which was adapted by Steven Sater, with music by Duncan Sheik. Spring Awakening opened on Broadway at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre in 2006, winning eight Tonys, four Drama Desk Awards and four Olivier Awards.

Director Giovanni Ortega is a visiting professor of theatre who has been working professionally around the country for over 10 years. Composer and musical director Kristen Lee Rosenfeld recently returned from the national tour of Spring Awakening.

Tickets are $10 general admission and $5 for students, faculty, staff and seniors. Tickets will be available at the Seaver Theatre box office or online at pomona.edu/theatre. Box office hours are Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and one hour prior to curtain. Please notify the box office if wheelchair seating is needed.

For information, call (909) 607-4375 or email seaverboxoffice@pomona.edu.

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