PHOTO CALL: La Mirada's Spring Awakening Celebrates Opening Night
By Matthew Blank
La Mirada Theatre's production of the Tony-winning musical Spring Awakening began previews March 21 prior to an official opening the following evening at the La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts in California. Performances continue through March 30.
Directed by Brian Kite, the cast comprises Nick Adorno as Hanschen, Jennifer Foster as Anna, Coby Getzug as Moritz, Christopher Higgins as Ernst, Micaela Martinez as Wendla, Austin MacPhee as Melchior, Alex Mendoza as Georg, Bruce Merkle as Otto, Alyssa Simmons as Ilse, Cailan Rose as Thea, Salisha Thomas as Martha, Linda Kerns as Adult Female and Michael Rothhaar as Adult Male.
Spring Awakening, which has book and lyrics by Steven Sater and music by Duncan Sheik, is based on the play by Frank Wedekind. The production features musical direction by John Glaudini and choreography by Dana Solimando. The theatre has put 199 audience seats on the stage.
"It’s Germany, 1891," according to La Mirada notes. "The beautiful young Wendla explores her body and asks her mother where babies come from. Elsewhere, the brilliant and fearless young Melchior defends his buddy Moritz — a boy so traumatized by puberty he can’t concentrate on anything. One afternoon in the woods, Wendla and Melchior discover a desire unlike anything they’ve ever felt. Spring Awakening explores the confusion and desperation that ensue when the onrushing tide of hormones meets the ignorance of children and celebrates the unforgettable journey from youth to adulthood with a power, poignancy, and passion that you will never forget." According to the theatre, the production "contains adult content including language, sexual situations and brief nudity."
The design team includes scenic designer Rich Rose, lighting designer Steven Young, sound designer Josh Bessom and prop designer Terry Hanrahan.
Tickets range from $20-$60 and can be purchased at La Mirada Theatre's website, lamiradatheatre.com or by calling the La Mirada Theatre Box Office at (562) 944-9801 or (714) 994-6310. Student, senior and group discounts are available. The theatre is located at 14900 La Mirada Boulevard in La Mirada.
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