MST to Present Spring Awakening

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Marin Summer Theater will present the Marin county premiere of Spring Awakening in July of 2012.  The Winner of 8 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Spring Awakening celebrates the unforgettable journey from youth to adulthood with a power, poignancy, and passion that leaves audiences breathless.

Spring Awakening is a rock musical with music by Duncan Sheik and a book and lyrics by Steven Sater. Adapted from Frank Wedekind's 1891 expressionist play about the trials, tears, and exhilaration of the teen years, it has been hailed as the "Best Musical of the Year" by the New York Times, New York Post, Star Ledger, Journal News, New York Observer, and USA Today.

Spring Awakening is about young people dealing with grown-up issues,” said Patrick Nims, MST’s Artistic Director, “teens in transition from youth to adulthood face pressures that are the same today as they were in 1891 Germany.  This show speaks with the voice of youth about love, longing, frustration and the choices that they face.”

Spring Awakening joins The Importance of Being Earnest and Legally Blonde, The Musical to complete the 2012 MST summer season.  Nims said “We are very excited to present two Marin County premieres in one year.”  Legally Blonde, The Musical is also being presented in Marin for the first time.  “This is going to be an incredible summer and these three challenging shows will draw the best from our company.”

Marin Summer Theater (MST) will start its 2012 season with auditions on March 24 and 31, 2012.  Any student actors, singers, musicians, dancers and technicians between the ages of 13 and 23 are eligible to audition or apply for MST.

Because of the sensitive nature of Spring Awakening’s subject matter, only actors over 18 or those with specific parental permission may audition for Spring Awakening.  “There are great parts for all of our company members in Earnest and Legally Blonde,” says Nims, “but the Spring Awakening cast will be limited to our older company members only. This is a show for mature performers and audiences.”