PHOTO CALL: Spring Awakening Returns to NYC in Public School Staging

News   PHOTO CALL: Spring Awakening Returns to NYC in Public School Staging
The Tony Award-winning musical Spring Awakening, the darkly soulful coming-of-age tale that ended its acclaimed Broadway run in 2009, returns to New York, this time in a Manhattan public school. The sold-out production runs through May 5 at the Beacon School.

The Beacon School, an arts and technology high school located just behind Lincoln Center, is among the first schools in the country to stage Spring Awakening.

Beacon Drama Art Theatre founder and program director Jo Ann Cimato, who also teaches Theatre Arts and Playwriting at the school, is shepherding students through the hit musical based on Frank Wedekind's 1892 play.

Beacon student Anela Layugan took these photos of the production.


The cast features Anna Aronson, Eliot Turner, JoMack Miranda, Nicole Davis, Zachary Kruskal, Isabel Schnall, Kaitlin Cullen-Verhauz, Kaya Simmons, Christopher Gambino, Guthrie Park, Brooke Shilling, Dan Dobro, Parade Stone, Justin Armstrong, Sonia Bloom, Noah Friedman, Julia G. Cohen, Cameron Finkle, Stephanie Herlihy, Enrique Ruiz, Ellen Swanson and Emma Young.

The musical, according to press notes, focuses "on a group of German students as they come of age, exploring their sexuality, morality, and desire to be heard amongst a world of unresponsive adults." Duncan Sheik composed the music, with Steven Sater writing the book and lyrics.

Read more about the Broadway production of Spring Awakening in the Playbill Vault.


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