Ohio Northern to present ‘Spring Awakening’


“Spring Awakening”: 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, Freed Center, Ohio Northern University, 525 S. Main St., Ada. Tickets $20 for adults, $10 for seniors, $5 for students at freedcenter.com or 419-772-1900. With ONU Department of Theatre Arts.

ADA — Ohio Northern University’s Department of Theatre Arts will present the musical “Spring Awakening” at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 18, 19 and 25 and 2 p.m. Oct. 20 and 26 at the Freed Center, 525 S. Main St., Ada.

Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for seniors and $5 for students at freedcenter.com or by calling the box office at 419-772-1900.

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Winner of eight Tony Awards including Best Musical, Spring Awakening is an electrifying rock adaptation of the classic play. Daring and inventive, it is an exhilarating journey of teenage self-discovery and a celebration of youth and rebellion. Spring Awakening is based on the 1891 play by Frank Wedekind with book and lyrics by Steven Sater and music by Duncan Sheik.

Emily Estep, a junior musical theatre major from Fresno, Calif., leads the cast of 16 ONU students as Wendla, with Rachel Rice as Anna, Maggie Rucki as Martha, Bridget Mahoney as Thea, Gabrielle Mouch as Ilse, Brendan Long as Melchior and Ryan Book as Moritz.

Guest director Emily Young says, “The production has made relevant and tender the issues that teenagers go through across time and across geographical boundaries.” In addition to Young, guest artist Samantha Kaufman has provided direction for intimacy and fight scenes. Guest artists include Shane Cinal, scenic design; ONU alumni Brian Retterer, BFA ’08, sound design; and Hallie Heffernan, BFA ’19, choreography.

Spring Awakening contains mature language and strong sexual themes and may not be appropriate for all ages.

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“Spring Awakening”: 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, Freed Center, Ohio Northern University, 525 S. Main St., Ada. Tickets $20 for adults, $10 for seniors, $5 for students at freedcenter.com or 419-772-1900. With ONU Department of Theatre Arts.

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