Germany, 1891: a group of students embark on a coming-of-age journey to self-discovery.
Weston, 2019: a group of students take on the task of artfully telling this story to the Weston community and beyond. Weston Drama Workshop, a nonprofit youth summer theater program currently in its 57th season, will produce Spring Awakening this month at Regis College in Weston, featuring a cast of local actors between the ages of 14 and 23.
These thespians have been hard at work since early June, rehearsing five times a week in the Fine Arts Center’s beautiful Eleanor Welch Casey Theatre. Spring Awakening, with music by Duncan Sheik and book and lyrics by Steven Sater, transports audiences to late 19th Century Germany with a rock and roll soundtrack and a story that encompasses joy, anxiety, and tragedy. Weston Drama Workshop’s young actors are up to the task,
including Framingham’s Caitlyn Luria, who portrays the leading role of Wendla.
Directed by Chris Brindley, Weston Drama Workshop’s Executive Producer and a theater educator at Framingham High School, the show poses a particular challenge due to its adult themes, such as suicide and sexual assault.
Luria, a recent Framingham High graduate, says of the process: “It’s been a true collaboration between us, the actors, and the production team. We really take every scene and work out every detail of what these people are going through, to make it the most true performance we can.”
Spring Awakening originally opened on Broadway in 2006, with Lea Michele and Jonathan Groff starring as Wendla and Melchior. In addition to its moving score, the show also contains dynamic dance numbers, choreographed by Emily Craver.
Luria notes that the production has been particularly challenging for her, as this is her first leading role. “I’ve never felt the responsibility of learning lines for multiple scenes and singing songs by myself. This show really pushes every boundary.” She adds that despite the often sad subject matter, she urges theater lovers to come see Spring Awakening: “It really is a story
that lines up well with everything happening in the country today. It’s a piece of art that is also educational, which I think is really beautiful.”
In addition to Luria, many other Framingham residents appear in the cast: Nick Amico (Adult Male), Hannah Bossange (Martha), Max Connor (Georg), Amanda Fawell (Ilse), JoJo Garcia (Rupert), Brock Hoey (ensemble), Margaret Leeming (ensemble), Alex McLaughlin (Otto), Eliza Menzel (ensemble), and Sarah Morales (ensemble).
The show will be performed July 18-27 as part of Weston Drama Workshop’s 57th season.
Thursday, July 18 @ 8pm
Saturday, July 20 @ 8pm
Sunday, July 21 @ 2pm
Friday, July 26 @ 7pm
Saturday, July 27 @ 2pm
Other productions this season include Matilda, Finding Nemo Jr., Legally Blonde, and The Wolves. For full program details and ticket information, please visit www.westondramaworkshop.org.
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