ORANGE, Calif. – The landmark musical “Spring Awakening” will rock the stage of Chapman University’s Waltmar Theatre Oct. 24-26 and Nov. 7-9 as Chapman’s Department of Theatre presents its second production this fall. The winner of eight Tony Awards and hailed as “the most explosive musical since ‘Rent’” (Star-Ledger), “Spring Awakening” celebrates the unforgettable journey from youth to adulthood as teenage confusion and desperation collide with passion and ignorance.

The musical runs Oct. 24-26 and Nov. 7-9 at 7:30 p.m. in Waltmar Theatre, with additional shows Oct. 26 and Nov. 9 at 2 p.m. Tickets are on sale now, at $20 general admission, $15 senior citizens/Chapman alumni/non-Chapman students, and $10 Chapman students/faculty/staff with current ID. Advance tickets may be purchased online at www.chapman.universitytickets.com or by calling the Chapman University Ticket Office at 714-997-6812 (open M-F, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.). Any remaining tickets will be available at the door.  Map, directions and parking information: www.chapman.edu/discover/maps-directions

Stage crews work on the set for the rock musical “Spring Awakening,” which will include several classroom chairs assembled into the shape of an abstract tree.

Stage crews work on the set for the rock musical “Spring Awakening,” which will include several classroom chairs assembled into the shape of an abstract tree.

Based on Frank Wedekind’s 1891 German expressionist dramatic masterpiece and told by Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater through “the most gorgeous Broadway score this decade” (Entertainment Weekly), “Spring Awakening” is an electrifying fusion of morality, sexuality and rock ‘n’ roll. With strong themes of sex, homosexuality, child abuse and rape, as well as strong language, Spring Awakening is not suitable for all audiences, and not recommended for those younger than 16.

Jim Taulli, associate dean of the College of Arts at California State University, Fullerton, has been tapped to direct the production. Taulli is thrilled about the collaboration with Chapman University: “I have been very impressed with the students at Chapman; they are smart, talented and very well-trained,” he said. Although the cast will use handheld microphones – which has become a conceit of the show and replicate the original Broadway production – Chapman’s production of “Spring Awakening” will “feel quite different and much more expressionist,” Taulli added.

Jennifer Backhaus, Chapman alumna and founder and artistic director of award-winning Backhausdance, is leading the choreography “as an abstract expression of the characters’ inner feelings,” Backhaus said.

For information about Chapman’s College of Performing Arts and more upcoming events, visit www.chapman.edu/copa.

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