Pleasanton Weekly

Arts & Entertainment - March 14, 2014

LPC to present 'Spring Awakening'

Rock musical won eight Tony awards on Broadway

An award-winning rock musical based on a controversial 1891 German play will take to the stage at Las Positas College as its Theater Arts Department presents "Spring Awakening" opening April 4 and running through April 13.

The story follows a group of young students as they discover themselves and come of age in a repressive provincial culture. "Spring Awakening" is the story of young love and rebellion, and it encourages audience members to look deep into themselves as the stories play out onstage.

"This brave new musical, haunting and electrifying by turns, restores the mystery and the thrill to that shattering transformation that stirs in all of our souls," wrote The New York Times about the 2006 Broadway production, with lyrics by Steven Sater and music by Duncan Sheik. The New York Observer called it, "The best new musical in a generation."

The original 2006 production won eight Tony awards.

The LPC rendition will feature direction by Titian Lish, musical direction by Diana Cefalo, choreography by Morgan Mulholand, set design by Jeremy Hamm and Titian Lish, costume design by Danielle Breedan, lighting design by Mike Rinaldi and sound design by Brad Barth.

The cast includes Matthew Hofstad, Ceilidh Morrison, Zoe Trantor, Julia Brunelli, Heather Drewis, Elise Ebbinghaus, Jessica Luchetta, Abigail Peterson, Kylie Thomas, KJ Brown, Jeremy LaClair, Anders Ravenstad, Jesse Bridgeman, Sam Leeper, Sean McGrory and Josh Gates.

"Spring Awakening" is recommended for ages 15 and up.

Show dates are 8 p.m. April 4, 5, 11, and 13, and 2 p.m. April 6 and 13. Tickets: $15; $10 students and seniors. Tickets available at the door (cash and checks only) or www.brownpapertickets.com or 1-800-838-3006. Parking fee for non-students.

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