AT CASA NOW:
All Adult Women: Alaska Stoughton
All Adult Men: Justin Huddilston
Anna: Frankie Montazemi
Ernst: Alex Simpson
Georg: Ethan Baker
Hanschen: Worley Stidham
Ilse: Maddi O'Connell
Martha: Chloe Price
Melchior: Alex Pletikapich
Moritz: Nick Swope
Otto: Jason Coffenberry
Thea: Claire Adams
Wendla: Cassandra Reeves
Masks are REQUIRED for the audience OR proof of vaccination at the box office.
The cast is fully vaccinated and will be performing without masks.
Director/Choreographer: Gina Cerimele-Mechley
Assistant Director: Meg Roulier
Stage Manager: Jess Cooper
Assistant Choreographer: Cecilia Gries
Music Director: Joseph Ivan
Vocal Coach: Kate Stuard
Mask Coach: Cheryl Couch
Assistant to Mask Coach: Aidan McCracken
Scenic Artist: Sara Detwiler
Social Media: Sara Detwiler
Dramaturg: Sarah Dykhuizen
Costumer: Julie Simmons
LIVE Videographer: Lorelai Goodwin
Videographer Coach: Evan Holzman
Sound Design/Board Op: Mickey Masterson
The award-winning musical "Spring Awakening" is a rock musical with music by Duncan Sheik and a book and lyrics by Steven Sater. It is based on the 1891 German play Spring Awakening by Frank Wedekind, whose work, which often criticizes bourgeois attitudes (particularly towards sex), is considered to anticipate expressionism and was influential in the development of theatre of the absurd. Wedekind was also a life-long guitar player and surely would have been a rock star today. Hence, the 21st-century musical blends the 19th-century play with an alternative rock score.
Set in late 19th-century Germany, the musical and the play tell the story of teenagers discovering the inner and outer tumult of adolescent sexuality, and the brutality and hypocrisy of the adults in their world, both of which are unfortunately timeless themes. Frank Wedekind takes the position that an entire society is destroying the children it claims to love. In the end, the only thing that really matters to teenagers is that they are taken seriously. The key to that is communication: healthy communication between teens and adults, and listening to the past and to “those you’ve known and lost” all the while looking ahead to the future. Failure in communication is always the catalyst for the tragedy in the story. These messages of the play often get overlooked in the musical due to the spectacles of ecstasy and obscenity. CASA explores returning to the ghostly roots of the play, and the heart of comedy, tragedy, and vulnerability it expresses.
As usual, CASA has set the production up with the audience as a part of the action, as we want you to enter the story, not the theatre. As always, we hope to create dialogue to create change. A portion of the proceeds from this run will be donated to Lighthouse Youth and Family Services.
SCHOOLS BEING REPRESENTED IN THE CAST AND CREW:
MARYMOUNT MANHATTAN UNIVERSITY
BALL STATE UNIVERSITY
UNIVERSITY OF CINCINNATI
COLUMBIA COLLEGE CHICAGO