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Spring Awakening

Corning Community College Muse of Fire Theatre presents Spring Awakening, the ground-breaking rock musical by Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater, based on Frank Wedekind’s explosive 19th century play, April 18-21, 2018, in the Science Amphitheatre (1 Academic Dr., Corning, N.Y.). Performances are 7:00 p.m. with a special benefit performance for Interfaith Campus Ministry on Saturday, April 21, at 2:00 p.m. Tickets for all evening performances are $12.00 General Admission and $8.00 for all students and seniors 65+. Saturday matinee benefit tickets are $15.00. Reservations and information are available at 607-962-9448.

Spring Awakening highlights the lives of strictly regimented children of 19th century Europe whose youthful passions are stirring. They are becoming curious about their bodies and unfamiliar sexual feelings. Yet, neither their parents nor their teachers will educate them. Religious institutions deny those feelings or demonize them. The moralistic punishment-based society shuts its eyes and turns its face away from the questions and the yearning of its children, its future. One particularly bright student, Melchior Gabor, has researched the human body and human sexuality on his own. He shares the information with his best friend, Moritz, who is struggling academically and has earned the open disdain and contempt of his teachers.

Melchior falls in love with Wendla Bergman, a naïve young girl. Within a society that shies from both truth and compassion for the young, the children forge their own uncharted paths through the confusing thickets of their awakening minds and bodies.

Spring Awakening, which opened on Broadway in 2006, has a haunting, eclectic musical score. The lyrics are inspired by existential philosophy, Greek and Roman mythology, French and German poetry, blues, grunge and pop influences. The musical numbers flip the audience from the past to the present and back again, illustrating that, in many crucial respects, the alienation of youth and the tone deafness of adult society remain constants in the story of Western civilization so far.

The Corning Community College cast includes students Joseph Reif as Melchior, Isabelle Merritt as Wendla, Dominick Horton-Miller as Moritz, Meghan Mitchell as Ilse, Ethan Bratti as Hanschen, Camden Ayers as Ernst, Anna Shaffer as Martha, Lee Charlier as Thea, Katie DonDero as Anna, Brenden Wendling as Georg, Patrick McGrew as Otto. The cast is rounded out by a strong ensemble of students, CCC alumni, and new arrivals to the Corning family, who play multiple adult and teen roles: Aidan Wiggs, Tess Islam, Alan Caum, Samantha Moore (’17), Ellen Field, Rebecca Bower, Sarah Norton, and Mitchell Smith.

Professor Mary Guzzy directs her 22nd full production at CCC. Staff member Anna-Beth Wheaton is Production Designer; Adjunct Faculty Will Wickham is Music Director, Adjunct Faculty Heather Haskins is Choreographer, and Kaylara Allington (’18) is Stage Manager. Student Katelynn Russell is Assistant Stage Manager.