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Metro School of the Arts Performs and Directs "Spring Awakening"
Metro School of the Arts Performs and Directs "Spring Awakening"

Students of the Metropolitan School of the Arts (MSA) of Alexandria, Va. are putting on their fifth student-directed and produced show---the Tony Award-nominated, Spring Awakening. The performance is on Fri., July 29 at 7:30 p.m., Sat., July 30 and Sun., July 31 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at the 1st Stage Theater at 1524 Spring Hill Rd. in McLean, Va. Tickets are $20 per person and can be purchased online at www.metropolitanarts.org.

Spring Awakening is based on Frank Wedekind’s groundbreaking and controversial play, as well as Steven Sater and Duncan Sheik’s brilliant rock score and book. It’s the story of a sexual awakening, youth revolt, and self-discovery into a new century. It’s 1891, and grown-ups hold all the cards. Headstrong Melchior and naive Wendla stumble into each others’ arms, passionate and curious, while anxious Moritz struggles to live up to the stringent expectations of society. With only each other for guidance, this group of young men and women travel the fraught and rocky path of adolescence, discovering their bodies, their minds, and themselves along the way. An electric, vibrant celebration of youth and rebellion, Spring Awakening fuses issues of morality, sexuality, and rock and roll into a story that packs a powerful emotional punch.

Led by MSA students, director, Chad Vann of Lorton, Va.; musical director, James Woods of Alexandria, Va.; producer, Sam Cornbrooks of Springfield, Va.; choreographer, Georgia Monroe of Ashburn, Va., assistant stage manager, Emma Cook of Lorton, Va.; and stage manager, Kyle Dannahey of Springfield, Va. This youth-directed production brings a nontraditional interpretation focusing on the importance of communication between adults and adolescents.. This production will include thematic elements reminiscent of Wedekind’s original play and promises a darker interpretation of the popular musical. Spring Awakening contains some mature language and themes might not be suited for young audiences.

“Our student-run musical theatre group continues to inspire, create and excel in bringing great musicals to our local stages—we’re so proud of them,” said Melissa Dobbs, founder and executive director of Metropolitan School of the Arts Alexandria, Va.