Arts & Culture

In the Spotlight | 'Spring Awakening'

Underground Theatre's Holly Landry and James Boykin
Underground Theatre's Holly Landry and James Boykin

Presented by: Underground Theatre

Where: Mary C. O'Keefe Cultural Center, 1600 Government St., Ocean Springs

Show times/dates: 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. April 17

Director: Bryan Vonder Bruegge

Asst. director/Stage manager: Mary LaCour

Musical director: Sandy Starcher

Vocal director: Jacqueline Coale

Choreographer: Carolyn Martin

Lights: Rafe O'Neal

Sound: Joey Williams

Set: Chris and Cindy Ladner

Producer: Miyoshi McGravy

Costume: Melinda Moody Jones

Asst. stage manager: Becky Brooks

Starring: Holly Landry, James Boykin, Beau Soboul, Mollye Ladner, Taylor D. Switzer, Gary Conley, Jeb Vonder Bruegge, Autherius Lawson, Jason Syverson, Ashton Herodes, Abigail Stinson, Jade Withington, Alexis La Rosa, Dharma Gilley, Cliff Thompson and Carolyn Martin

History: The title of the original play by Frank Wedekind is "Spring's Awakening: A Children's Tragedy" and is based on actual events. Written in 1891, the original play, Spring's Awakening by Frank Wedekind, indicts adult authority figures for their willful neglect in keeping teenagers ignorant of the ways of the world. The play's frank and expressionistic portrayal of teenagers' struggles in the secretive and oppressive German society created a scandal and subsequent performances were banned when first published. The Tony-Award winning musical adaptation combines the unflinching story of teenagers taking the first steps toward adulthood with a contemporary alt-rock score that highlights the timelessness of the teenage condition.

Synopsis: Follow a group of late 19th century German students as they navigate teenage self-discovery and coming of age anxiety in a celebration of youth and rebellion. Spring Awakening explores the journey from adolescence to adulthood with poignancy and passion that is illuminating and unforgettable. The Tony Award-winning and landmark musical is an electrifying fusion of morality, sexuality and rock 'n' roll that is exhilarating like no other musical in years. Whether in late 19th century German or today, students struggle with the same issues of not being heard, self-discovery and coming of age anxiety in a powerful and remarkable Spring Awakening.

Tickets: $15 per person

Reservations/details: 818-2878 or Due to content and language, parental discretion is advised.