To celebrate their 10th anniversary year, Swindon Young Actors are busy rehearsing for their production of the dynamic re-imagining of Spring Awakening; a powerful rock musical adaptation of the controversial 1891 German play about adolescent love, the trials of puberty and the friendships that young people build in the face of an uncomprehending world.
Featuring a cast of 22 young people aged from 14 to 23 years, the production is being directed by SYA founders, Mark Flitton & Julia Dickinson.
The young cast are also working with a team of experienced local musicians & vocal coaches and a professional Musical Director from London. Set in Germany in 1891, this brave new musical, haunting and electrifying by turns, restores the mystery, the thrill to that shattering transformation that stirs in our souls around the age of thirteen.
Winner of 8 Tony Awards on Broadway, including best musical and 4 Olivier Awards in London and with a melodic score by Duncan Sheik and a book and lyrics by Steven Sater that fuses ethereal pop and irreverent punk, this groundbreaking rock musical uses music from today to contrast with the harsh Victorian times. The awakening here is not just to sexuality but to musical storytelling. The original play was banned in Germany for over 50 years due to its frank portrayal of abortion, homosexuality, rape, child abuse and suicide. The production is not recommended for children under the age of 14.
The performances will run from Thursday 26 to Sunday 29 April, 8pm at The Platform, Faringdon Road, Swindon and tickets are £8.50 from www.swindontickets.co.uk, tel: 08448 221737, 28 Morely Street, Swindon SN1 1SG